Infiniti Middle East unveiled the new 2017 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan with a number of performance and dynamic upgrades that deliver a more empowering and rewarding drive experience. The comprehensive updates include next-generation ride and handling technologies while two new powertrains are introduced to the range, featuring two advanced turbocharged V6 engines.
"The Q50 Red Sport 400 is the first vehicle launched in the region encompassing our new 'Empower The Drive' brand positioning," said Juergen Schmitz, managing director, Infiniti Middle East. "Offering a premium driving experience with two all-new powertrains (300 hp and 400 hp), as well as a number of technological advancements in driver aids safety; the new Q50 definitely empowers drivers and is poised to further build on its regional successes, as it continues to be a key model for Infiniti in the Middle East."
Dynamic performance from innovative technology
A range of new and innovative ride and handling technologies deliver on the promise of the Q50's daring design, and instill confidence in all driving conditions.
Infiniti Q50 models equipped with the new 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine or the hybrid powertrain, are available with the second generation Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering. The system has undergone significant re-tuning to enhance steering feel and feedback.
The changes to Direct Adaptive Steering - the world's first digital steering system - have been made following extensive consultation with existing Q50 customers around the world and over 625,000 miles of testing.
For the new second generation Direct Adaptive Steering, engineers have optimized the control logic to improve feedback from the road. They have fine-tuned parameters so that the default setting better mimics the feeling drivers are used to from conventional systems.
The new system also provides more customization options, fully utilizing the potential that Direct Adaptive Steering offers, giving drivers' flexibility to choose the level of steering assistance and feedback according to personal preferences.
Direct Adaptive Steering actively adjusts the steering ratio and effort according to vehicle speed and scene. In slow-moving situations, such as city driving or parking, the system is tuned for ease of maneuverability.
In order to further enhance the steering feel in sporty driving conditions, the steering effort on the second generation Direct Adaptive Steering gradually saturates with high lateral G-force and acceleration in line with the overall vehicle behavior.
Direct Adaptive Steering is able to transmit the driver's input to the wheels faster than a mechanical system while requiring fewer steering corrections and is able to make 1,000 steering adjustments per second. The new system enhances the steering feel by quickly and intelligently communicating to the driver feedback about road surface and chassis behavior. This gives the driver a secure and confident feeling at the wheel, free from unnecessary steering kickbacks or vibrations. The elimination of unwanted feedback has the further benefit of reducing driver fatigue.
The expanded selection of steering modes within Direct Adaptive Steering is accessed through the Drive Mode Selector (DMS). Located via menus displayed in the center console, Drive Mode Selector allows the steering response to be selected from six available options: 'Personal', 'Standard', 'Snow', 'Eco', 'Sport', and - new for the 2017 Q50 model - 'Sport+' .
The Q50's Personal steering mode allows for a high degree of fine-tuning. Drivers first select one of three core 'Modes' (Standard, Sport and Sport+) and then specify their preferred level of 'Response' (Default, Dynamic and Dynamic+). For a slower steering response and conventional feel, the driver would select a combination of 'Standard' mode and 'Default' response. For the highest level of assistance, the driver would choose 'Sport+' mode with 'Dynamic+' response - making best use of Direct Adaptive Steering technology.
The Sport mode of the Drive Mode Selector enhances the response of Direct Adaptive Steering, elevating the steering effort required while reducing the required steering movement from lock to lock. In the new Sport+ mode, steering effort remains the same as Sport mode, but the response of the steering is further increased, with an even quicker gear ratio for an enhanced performance feel. With both the Sport and Sport+ modes the result is an even greater sense of connection and control when the car is being put through its paces.
The new version of Direct Adaptive Steering works with Active Lane Control to maintain lane positioning against crosswinds and uneven road surfaces. This semi-autonomous capability is a precursor to future steering systems that will form a key building block on the way to achieving fully-autonomous driving.
As standard, Q50 models equipped with the new 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine feature Infiniti's Rack Electronic Power Steering. This all-new system provides a linear and in-control driving experience that can be tuned through the Drive Mode Selector.
When making a steering input or returning the steering wheel following an input, traditional steering systems can create an unnatural feeling through imprecise control of the power assistance, reducing the feeling of linearity. To counter this, Infiniti's Rack Electronic Power Steering precisely increases the steering effort required as the vehicle's yaw rate changes, before adjusting to provide more assistance when the wheel returns towards on-center.
The Q50 features independent multi-link suspension and, for the 2017 model, revised suspension settings now provide an improved balance between confident handling and a comfortable ride. The front suspension is a double-wishbone design, while the revised rear suspension utilizes a multi-link design with coil springs and Dual Flow Path shock absorbers. Extensive use of aluminum components for the suspension keeps weight down.
The Q50 now benefits from revised front and rear stabilizer bars. The result is heightening resistance to unwanted adjustments in the lateral movement of the suspension, affording a flatter ride and greater agility during cornering. The revised system is also better able to maintain contact between the tires and road.
All new 2017 Q50 Sport models are upgraded with Dynamic Digital Suspension (DDS) for the first time, which offers enhanced ride comfort with class-leading response and agility. The shift from a comfort-biased ride to enhanced dynamic response can be made when the driver places the electronically adjustable shock absorbers in either Sport or Sport+ modes (adjusted via the Drive Mode Selector), providing firmer damping control for more agile handling. While in these modes, the suspension is constantly adjusting to provide ideal performance and a flat ride.
In all modes, Dynamic Digital Suspension (DDS) also constantly adjusts the shock absorber valve within a wide range of damping force to control body motion when cornering. It monitors body roll, pitch and bounce rate to restrain body motion for a comfortable, confident and insulated ride in all conditions, ensuring that bumps and undulating road conditions are absorbed to maintain flat body posture.
Infiniti's most advanced V6 to lead the refreshed engine line up
The all-new 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine from the new and exclusive 'VR' powertrain family has been developed to deliver optimal power and torque, alongside greater fuel efficiency. The high-output version of the power unit, included in the Q50 Red Sport 400 that leads the model range, delivers 400 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 475 Nm maximum torque at 1,600-5,200 rpm; while the 300 horsepower at 6,400 rpm produces 400 Nm torque at 1,600-5,200 rpm. These outputs have been achieved while ensuring an improvement in fuel efficiency of up to 6.7 percent, representing a best-in-class power-to-efficiency ratio for the 400 horsepower unit.
Continuing the list of powertrain options, the number of Q50 trim levels is extended to four for the sports sedan. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit that produces 208 horsepower is packaged in the standard Q50. Customers seeking a performance hybrid model will also be able to opt for the Q50 Blue Sport, which combines a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 and a compact laminated lithium-ion battery with an innovative one-motor, two-clutch control. The hybrid system net power is 350 horsepower with a combined torque of 536 Nm, providing strong acceleration and lean fuel economy.
This power-to-efficiency performance was made possible due to a combination of newly-developed powertrain features.
An advanced new twin-turbo system contributes to the smooth and immediate power delivery while promoting gains in efficiency. The combination of a new turbine speed sensor and an optimized turbine blade design realize greater performance with more immediate response. The turbine speed sensor allows a 10 percent increase in turbine speeds, enabling the turbocharger to revolve at up to 220,000 rpm. With greater capacity for faster revolutions, the twin turbochargers enable the engine to deliver greater power and torque.
Advanced valve timing control incorporating a new electric motor mounted to the valve timing system delivers quicker reactions to driver inputs. As well as improved response, more immediate valve timing also helps the engine operate more efficiently, precisely controlling fuel and air quantities entering the combustion chamber.
The all-new 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo power unit is 19 percent smaller in capacity than the Q50's previous 3.7-liter V6 and it adopts a series of innovative technologies to deliver a more engaging driving experience. Chief among these innovations are a new high pressure direct injection gasoline (DIG) system, introduced for the first time, allowing for precise control of fuel injection into the combustion chamber depending on throttle position and current engine speed. DIG contributes significantly to making the new engine the cleanest and most efficient V6 that Infiniti has ever offered.
Smooth shifts from seven-speed automatic transmission
All Q50 powertrains are matched to an advanced seven-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode and steering column-mounted magnesium paddle shifters.
Adaptive Shift Control enhances gear selection by using a lateral acceleration sensor to detect changes in the road, such as hills and turns. Sport mode allows the driver to select a more aggressive shift pattern with automatic up- and down-shifting at higher rpm. The combined effect is for any driver to enjoy quick, smooth shifts and gear choices that are appropriate to both the road and the desired driving style. The new Q50 will feature a rear-wheel drive system as standard.
The Infiniti Q50 adds a new dimension of premium style to the sports sedan segment, thanks to its sleek proportions and athletic stance.
A strong first impression is created by Infiniti's signature 'double arch' grille. The grille's three-dimensional, textural quality is provided by elaborate detailing of the waved mesh pattern surface and chrome surround, while the distinctive LED headlights and daytime running lights suggest an expressive form, almost like the human eye.
Rising from the double arch grille is a smooth yet commanding character line, which flows energetically through the body-side like a wave and merges with the rear, creating a highly fluid profile - a trademark Infiniti look.
The Q50 Red Sport 400 features all-new 19-inch alloy wheels and tires, as well as unique exhaust tips. These changes help to assert the car's performance credentials and add to its aggressive, confident aura.
Comfort and convenience features, customizable for a personal touch
Infiniti InTouch telematics system brings the future of in-car connectivity to the Q50 interior. Unlike conventional interfaces, the Q50 has not one but two touch-capacitive color screens (LCD/VGA 8-inch upper and 7-inch lower), with intuitive hand-gesture screen operation for easy changing of settings.
Along with the large dual screens, the Infiniti InTouch system is designed to effortlessly synchronize car and driver. Content and functions directed to the upper screen include the most frequently used applications, such as navigation maps. Other content is directed to the lower display screen.
New for Q50 in 2017 is the feature-rich Premium Plus Package, available on all engine options and including: auto dimming exterior mirrors; electric memory exterior mirrors; electrically adjustable steering wheel with memory and easy entry functions; Infiniti InTouch with navigation and three years of InTouch services; navigation-synchronized adaptive shift control; voice recognition; 60/40 split-fold rear seat with center arm rest; electric lumbar support and position memory for the driver's seat; heated steering wheel and heated front seats.
The Technology Package has been revised to now include: Auto levelling Adaptive Front Lighting System; High Beam Assist; Intelligent Cruise Control with full speed range; Distance Control Assist; Eco pedal; Advanced Climate Control System with Plasmacluster and Grape Polyphenol filter; as well as a range of safety features (see below).
New safety features
The new Infiniti Q50 builds on the long list of safety and security technologies already found in other Infiniti models, maintaining the car's class-leading position.
The Technology Package adds front seat Driver/Passenger Pre-Crash seat belts; Blind-Spot Intervention; Lane Departure Warning; and Lane Departure Prevention with Active Lane Control.
The new Driver Assistance Package includes features such as Forward Emergency Braking; Blind-Spot Warning & Intervention; Back-up Collision Warning & Intervention; Predictive Forward Collision Warning; and Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection.
The Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 3.0t 400 is available across the Middle East from AED 210,000, while the entry level Q50 2.0t is available from AED 136,500.
3.0 L twin-turbocharged, V6, 400 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 475 Nm @ 1,600-5,200 rpm
7-speed automatic with manual shifting mode, RWD/AWD
0-100 km/h: 4.4-4.5 sec, top speed: 250 km/h, fuel consumption: 8.4 L/ 100 km
Weight: 1,746 kg