- - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

It’s all new from Infiniti, with the 2014 Q50 replacing the G37 sedan — new name, new design, new styling, new technology.

An entry-level luxury sport sedan, the Q50 has a hybrid version, and competes with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS and the Mercedes-Benz C Class.

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 is offered in Base, Premium and Sport trims, while the Q50 Hybrid is offered in the Premium and Sport trims only, each with all-wheel drive available but with rear-wheel-drive as standard.

The Base Q50 comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights and fog lights, keyless ignition/entry, a dual-zone automatic climate control function, eight-way power front seats, premium vinyl interior and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel that is heated on the all-wheel-drive versions. The electronic highlights on the Base include the Infiniti “InTouch” electronics interface and Bluetooth phone/audio connect, a rearview camera and a six-speaker sound system with all the audio options.

The Premium trim will give you a sunroof, heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 14-speaker Bose sound system and, if you choose the Sport trim, you also get a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, leather seating and sport driver seat, aluminum pedal trim and paddle shifters.

The hybrid versions of the Premium and Sport trims are much like those for the non-hybrid versions. However, leather upholstery comes standard on the hybrid Premium, as well as Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering — four different steering settings and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

The Base Q50 has limited options, offering only an additional sunroof.

For the Premium and Sport non-hybrid trims, you can choose 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery and a navigation system. You also can add features such as adaptive steering, auto-dimming side mirrors, 360-degree camera parking system, front and rear parking sensors and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat with pass-through.

The Technology package, which comes with the Deluxe Touring package, adds adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam control, blind-spot/lane departure warning, upgraded climate control, and forward and back-up collision warning and prevention.

Opt for the Q50 Hybrid Premium or Sport trim, and you can add on a Deluxe Technology package with features from the Deluxe Touring and Technology packages.

Under the hood, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 has a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 328 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. For the hybrid version, there is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that works in conjunction with a 50-kilowatt electric motor running on a lithium-ion battery that puts out 354 horsepower. All the 2014 Q50s are automatic with seven-speed only.

Every Infiniti Q50 sedan comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side and side curtain airbags, and a rearview camera. Many of the added features tout safety, such as the 360-degree parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot/lane departure warning and prevention and a forward/back-up collision warning system.

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 upholds the tradition of a classy cabin interior with high-end materials, and aluminum or wood accents. There is also plenty of room in the front and back, and the seats are built for comfort. On the Sport trim, the front seats even offer power-adjustable bolsters to create an even stronger positive driving experience.

The knobs and dials are centrally placed and easy to use, with a center area that is home to the oversized touchscreen using the InTouch electronics interface that offers the driver an array of information.

Trunk space measures 3.5 cubic feet, but on the hybrid it’s only 9.4 cubic feet in order to make room for the battery pack.

Behind the wheel, you can expect the 2014 Infiniti Q50 to take the road with stronger-than-expected V6 power. With the hybrid version, it’s an even snappier experience but a bit rougher during acceleration.

Should You Need to Know: Take note that the new Infiniti naming strategy goes like this: Passenger cars are given the “Q” and the SUVs the “QX.”

Miles Per Gallon: For the all-wheel-drive version, expect just a bit lower fuel economy than the rear-wheel-drive, averaging about 23 mpg combined, with 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. For the Q50 Hybrid, gas mileage is 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

Cost: You can buy an Infiniti Q50 from $37,150 to $45,450.

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