Q50 is Infiniti’s compact luxury sedan which replaced the Infiniti G sedan model last year. Replaced version still lives as Q40, but its replacement offers slightly more upscale refinement and also comes in hybrid form. 2015 Infiniti Q50 hybrid is a carried over version and only offers some insignificant upgrades.
The Engine range
This hybrid is offered as base and S model with both versions getting the choice in rear and all-wheel drive. All the available models are powered by a 3.5L V6 engine which puts up 360 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, together with the electric motor which is 50 kW strong and peaks at 214 lb-ft. Electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift control is responsible for routing the power to the axle(s) and does a good job at that.
Styling – Changes and Improvements
2015 Infiniti Q50 hybrid has the same design as its predecessor, and why not? It is one of the most handsome cars out there as its sheetmetal flows seamlessly through the air. Front end fascia features inverted hexagonal mesh grille and laid-back headlights, while Q50’s profile reveals its swept-back windshield and arching roofline. Difference between base and S models from the exterior design standpoint is in wheel size as S models get larger 19-inch alloy ones compared to the base model’s 17- inch wheels. S grade also has unique sport front bumper, while the rear end features same large tail-lights and curved bumper.
This modern elegance of a car is furbished with high-quality materials which mostly consist of soft plastics and leather upholsteries. Leather seats are standard across the board, while Kacchu aluminum interior trim adds the finishing touches to the cabin. If you’re a fan of wood, don’t worry, there’s an optional maple wood trim instead. Heated front seats are also standard, while heated steering wheel peculiarly comes exclusively with all-wheel drive models. Instrument panel spans vertically across the flat-top dashboard and offers no controls but couple of touch screen displays. Upper 8-inch LCD/VGA screen displays navigation and camera views, while lower 7-incher is responsible for vehicle-information and controls.
If dual zone automatic temperature control system with microfilter isn’t good enough for you, there’s an optional advanced climate control system with auto-recirculation, plasmacluster, air purifier and grape polyphenol filter. Whole lineup gets all possible connectivity options including Bluetooth and USB ports. Also standard is Bose’s 14-speaker premium sound system with CD/MP3 playback capability, radio data system and speed-sensitive volume control. 2015 Infiniti Q50 hybrid offers plenty of advanced safety systems including lane departure warning, blind-spot intervention, around view monitor with moving object detection, predictive forward collision warning and active lane control system.
2015 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Price details and MPG
Q50 hybrids are rated at 29/36 mpg in base RWD form and at 28/35 with 4WD. S models are slightly thirstier and are rated at 28/34 with rear-wheel drive and at 27/31 with all-wheel drive. Their price hasn’t changed much since last year and entry-level models cost $44,400, while most expensive models have the price tag of $48,600.
2015 Infiniti Q50 is meticulously designed compact sedan with luxury badge on it. Unlike most of its competitors, it offers exclusively V6 engines, but hybrid models return very good fuel economy ratings so that there’s no need to worry.