Infiniti’s new sports sedan combines a number of high-tech aids and features to improve the driving experience without reducing levels of comfort or safety.
The new Infiniti Q50, presented by the company’s senior vice president and chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday, is the first production vehicle to feature something called Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering technology — essentially an electronic steering system that independently controls the car’s sterring inputs and tire angle faster than a traditional mechanical steering system so that a driver’s commands are communicated faster and reaction times are reduced.
Other technological advances include Active Lane Control, which uses a camera to ensure the vehicle maintains lane discipline and straight-line stability, even in cross winds, and something called Active Noise Control — a sound system that actively cancels out exterior noise that seeps into the cabin by emitting an equal, opposite noise, so that driver and passengers can converse easily.
Meanwhile in terms of telematics and infotainment, as well as the standard smartphone connectivity, Infiniti offers a concierge service where owners can contact a team of experts 24 hours a day. The car also employs both touchscreen and gesture-based technologies to help make accessing everything from emails and favourite songs to route directions and other rich content simple and safe.
The Q50 is available with a 3.7-litre V6 petrol or 3.5-lire petrol/electric hybrid engine, both of which are capable of delivering over 300 horsepower to either the rear wheels or to all four wheels, depending on specification, and both of which offer optimized fuel economy.
The Infiniti Q50 is expected to officially go on sale in North America this summer.