At the end of 2012, Infiniti announced plans to change its naming strategy once again. The usual G, M, FX, EX names were dropped and all models will get new names prefixed by Q for sedans, coupes and convertibles, and QX, for crossover and SUV models.
Next to the Q or QX lettering, each model will also get a double digit representing its level within the range. The first model to adopt the new strategy was the Q50 — a sedan that replaced the G37. It will be followed by the Q30 Coupe, plus there are rumors that suggest there will also be a flagship model called either Q70 or Q80.
Now, Infiniti released a video that explains why the company opted for this new naming strategy. The company launched its first model in 1989. It was named Q45 and the new naming strategy pays tribute to this original model.
Infiniti in cooperation with Gilt.com developed two special editions Q50 luxury sedans : one developed by Thom Browne and the other by Zac Posen. Both models will be put on sale on Gilt on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Each unit will be offered with an exclusive ZAC Zac Posen Smartphone Clutch.
The Q50 by Thom Browne features an exterior finished in chrome, while the interior gets Thom Browne signature red, white and blue stripe on the seats and in other areas. For the trunk Browne is also offering a special designed luggage set.
The unit designed by Zac Posen is painted in a ombré effect, starting with a light silver in matte finish up front and up to a dark grey a high-gloss finish at the rear. For the interior Posen opted for exclusive materials like velvet, shagreen, and leather, in rich shades of red.
Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50.
In 2009, Infiniti replaced the G35 with the more powerful G37 Now another switch is set to take place in 2014. This time around, however, the model is not changing just the engine, but it will adopt a new nomenclature and design too.
The new Q50 has received a smooth yet dynamic design language, with LED-infused headlights, a "double arch" grille and a crescent-shaped C-pillar. For the interior, Infiniti has placed higher-quality materials and user-focused advanced technology.
In the U.S. market, the Q50 will be offered with a standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine, but customers interested in environment can opt for a new-to-the-model hybrid version that will combine a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and an electric motor.
The new Infiniti Q50 made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and will be put on sale in the summer 2013 in both standard and hybrid versions.
UPDATE 03/21/13: A leaked document guide for the new Infiniti Q50 reveals further details on the new sports sedan. The document reveals that the gasoline-powered Q50 will be offered in three trim levels: base, premium and sport, while the hybrid version will only come in premium and sport versions. Both models will be offered in AWD and RWD versions. Customers will have to choose between eight exterior colors and three interior colors combined with aluminum and wood insertions. There will also be lots of packages that will offer the clients the possibility to further customized their models: Technology Package, Deluxe Technology Package, Moonroof Package, Deluxe Touring Package and Navigation Package. Click here to see the guide.
UPDATE 04/02/13: Infiniti USA has launched anofficial configurator for the new Q50 sedan. Thanks to the new site, you will be able to configure each version of the new Q50, selecting trims, colors and packages.
UPDATE 06/25/13: Infiniti has released a pre-release price hike on the new Q50. You can see all of the details after the jump.
UPDATE 07/08/13: Infiniti has announced the release date for the Q50. See the details after the jump.
Keeping a close eye on BMW’s strategies and launches, Infiniti is pretty adamant in competing with the Bavarian Giant. So, we were simply waiting for Infiniti to launch a model to compete with the upcoming 4-series.
Call it coincidence if you like but, apparently, Infiniti is working on a new coupe to rival the upcoming two-door coupe from Bimmer, according to Infiniti’s boss Johan de Nysschen. Softly confirmed to be called the Q60, the coupe will be designed along the lines of the recently announced Q50 sedan . The relationship between the Q50 and Q60 can be easily compared to the one between the 3-series and the 4-series.
“I think the coupe is an important part of the platform,” de Nysschen said. “Most certainly we are working right now on a coupe derivative of the car Q50" said de Nysschen.
Given the fact that the coupe will be a derivative of the Q50, expect the standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine to power this two-door beauty. Or if you are into going “Green,” you can opt for a hybrid powertrain that will combine a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and an electric motor.
de Nysschen hasn’t divulged any info on the prices, so we can only speculate the price to carry a premium over the Q50 sedan. de Nysschen did confirm that Infiniti expects to launch the Q60 as a 2015 or 2016 model year.
Already we can sense the tension between the Germans and the Japanese — at least in the automotive realm. So expect the rivalry between the two to be a fierce one.
Stay tuned, as we will update this review as more info becomes available.
UPDATE 1/25/2013: We have just release the first TopSpeed rendering of the 2013 Q60, which you can see above. This is our interpretation of the upcoming model and in no way an official image.
Infiniti’s new Q50 - aka the replacement for the G sedan - will be the first model to benefit from the company’s new naming strategy. The model will make its world debut on January 14th, 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show and today, Infiniti has unveiled the first teaser video for the next sedan.
All the video is reveals are the Q50’s headlamps. As you can see they appear to feature an LED accent wave and they give us a promising feeling about how the Q50 will look in its entirety. No other details have been unveiled, but we expect to see a completely new sedan with an updated look and new technologies. As for the engine, we’re coming up almost completely empty, as all we know is that is will feature a V-6 engine.
The Q50 sedan will be joined by a convertible, coupe, and a high-performance version.
Full details will be unveiled on January 14th, debut at the Detroit Auto Show.