News: Nissan IMx Electric CUV One of Eight New EVs

News: Nissan IMx Electric CUV One of Eight New EVs

Nissan Targets 1 Million Electrified Vehicle Annual Sales By 2022

With more than 300,000 global sales, the Nissan Leaf is the bestselling electric car in history. The 2018 Nissan Leaf has launched with an EPA-rated 151-mile driving range. A second version for 2019 is coming with more than 200 miles of range. The big question now is, where will Nissan go from here?

One of the missing pieces of the electric car portfolio is the crossover. Most current EVs are sedans with Tesla’s Model X and Jaguar’s I-Pace the only electric crossovers available, although others are coming from luxury automakers Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

Given the popularity of crossover SUVs, an electric crossover utility based on the IMx concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2017 will be added in 2020, according to an interview published last week in the British magazine Autocar. It will stay true to the striking concept.

Stylish and More Than an EV

“Of course, we have the new Leaf, but I think the [production version of the] IMx concept will become a breakthrough model,” Mamoru Aoki, Nissan’s European design chief told Autocar.

Nissan IMx concept

Nissan previews future EV design in the IMx

Aoki told Autocar that the exterior of the IMx is a clear indication of Nissan’s next-generation design language and the intention is to be closer to the company’s Japanese roots. He said the IMx “does not have a masculine look or a heavy appearance” of the type that is now common for mainstream combustion-engine CUVs. “It has a light feel and sheer surfaces,” he said. “The exterior is very Japanese in its details–expressive, but with purity and an expensive feeling.”

Aoki added: “The interior is notably bigger than with a conventional vehicle and there’s much more usable space, thanks to the totally flat floor allowed by the [underfloor] battery pack. The dashboard is also pushed right back [towards the windscreen] because the HVAC [heating, ventilation and air-con] unit is under the bonnet.”

The overall cabin concept reflects Japanese architecture and interior design, he said, because traditional Japanese houses are tiny, and some rooms have to be multi-purpose in their use.

Aoki was also keen to point out the unusual interior trim in the IMx, which is an alternating laminate of wood and translucent plastic that can be illuminated from behind—a hint, perhaps, that the finish is heading for production.

The IMx Concept offers a sleek crossover utility shape and a pair of motors, one per axle, to provide all-wheel drive. Combined power of the two drive motors is quoted at 430 horsepower and a substantial 516 pounds-feet of torque. Its quoted battery range on the Japanese test cycle was more than 370 miles, although we’d expect that to be closer to 250 miles in U.S. EPA testing.

But there’s more! The IMx is the “future of mobility,” according to Nissan. It features a future version of ProPilot, Nissan’s autonomous car technology. When engaged, it will retract the steering wheel, recline the seats and take over control of the car. The featureless (no knobs or switches) dash is designed to respond to gestures, eye movement and spoken commands. Whether this advanced ProPilot will appear in the 2020 production car is at the moment questionable.

One Million Electrified Vehicles Annually by Fiscal Year 2022

Nissan pledged to maintain its leadership in electric vehicles as the automaker outlined plans to launch eight new EVs and hit annual sales of 1 million electrified vehicles by March 31, 2023. The eight new EVs will come on top of Nissan’s current offerings, the Leaf and eNV200 van. One will be the all-electric crossover based on the iMx concept, while four of the new EVs will be directed to China.

The automaker’s sales goal of one million EVs, includes pure electrics and plug-in hybrids. The tally will get a boost from the introduction of Nissan’s new e-Power setup, a range-extender hybrid system it is already selling in Japan and will bring to other markets. Sales of vehicles equipped with e-Power will account for more than half the total.

The components of Nissan’s goals were presented last Friday at the company’s global headquarters, offering details of the M.O.V.E to 2022 midterm plan unveiled by CEO Hiroto Saikawa last fall for six years running through the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023.

Nissan’s luxury arm, Infiniti, won’t be left in the dark, either. All Infiniti models will be electrified starting in 2021. Chief Planning Officer Philippe Klein said, “This electrification trend will be deeper and quicker for Infiniti. Our objective is to position Infiniti as the No. 1 challenger brand in the premium segment.”

“We have more EV customers than any other automaker,” Klein said. “You can count on us to defend our EV leadership.”

 

 

 

Flash Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX50

Flash Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX50

New Engine Tech Hits the Highway

Infiniti brought world media members to Los Angeles in mid-January to learn about and drive the all-new 2019 QX50. When Infiniti says all-new, they mean it, as there is no carry-over from the outgoing model.

2019 Infiniti QX50

New outside, but it’s what’s inside that counts

While there are many design changes on the 2019 QX50, the most important technology advancement is the all-new VC-Turbo, the world’s first variable compression engine. Automakers make all sorts of claims about being first and the best, but when Infiniti explained in detail the 20 years of engineering that went into the VC-Turbo, and then let the media drive the QX50 hard through mountain terrain, we became believers.

The 2019 QX50 midsize crossover is only offered with the VC-Turbo power plant, with “only” not being pejorative in any way. The 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine has 269 horsepower and a very useable 280 pounds-feet of torque that spools-up for max performance between 1,600-4,800 rpm. But what exactly is a Variable Compression Turbo engine, and what makes it so revolutionary?

  • What it does: The VC-Turbo engine has multi-link components and continuously adjusts the compression between 8:1 (greater power and torque) and 14:1 (greater fuel efficiency), so engine optimization is on an instantaneous need basis.
  • If the computer senses the need, the compression ratio can also adjust to 10.5:1.
  • How it does it: The VC-Turbo engine has a small electric motor mounted to the lower part of the engine. Connected to this motor is a harmonic drive with a control arm. When rotating, the control arm moves the multi-link system, which changes and adjusts the piston positions–and the corresponding compression. All this is going on seamlessly, at all speeds and all demands on the engine.

On the Road

As hard as I tried while driving (creeping) through Beverly Hills or on the Ventura Highway at 75 mph, and then through the Santa Monica Mountains with speeds varying from slow to high-speed corners, I was unable to feel the variable compression taking place, nor was I able to trick the engine into trying to find the correct compression for my driving style. The smooth turbocharger, as

2019 Infiniti QX50

The revolutionary variable compression engine offers the best of both worlds

well as the direct and port injection, played a big part in how well the VC-Turbo performed. This is a wonderful engine.

VC-Turbo fuel economy, compared to the outgoing 2018 QX50 with the V6 engine, nets a 35-percent bump in the front-wheel drive model. EPA fuel economy ratings for the FWD are 24 city/31 highway/27 combined and 24/30/26 for the AWD model, making the QX50 a candidate for Clean Fleet Report’s 30 MPG AWD Club.

2019 Infiniti QX50

Infiniti’s style team kicks it up a notch

The premium-fuel engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in both configurations. The shift-by-wire CVT allows for manual shifting and is programmed to simulate a six-speed automatic with shift points. Infiniti lets the driver choose exactly how they want their VC-Turbo and CVT to perform with four Drive Mode options–Standard, Eco, Personal and Sport.

The Eco mode is best for open highways, where the engine and transmission can maximize fuel economy. Standard is for everyday around-town driving, but Sport is where the 2019 QX50 comes to life. Selecting Sport offers the most spirited driving, adjusting the engine to deliver higher power and torque. With the optional Direct Adaptive Steering set to Dynamic+ you get the most responsive steering available. I tried all the settings and, except for long highway runs, Sport and Dynamic+ are where I wanted to be. It was good fun pushing the 3,952-pound QX50 deep into corners, feeling confidence that the AWD system would grip and keep us planted to the road. Overall, the CVT worked as well as others on the market, which for some people is not saying much. For Infiniti, the CVT helps them achieve a smooth driving experience while maximizing fuel economy. I am sure there are some cost savings in the equation too. If you are an aggressive driver who is always pushing the limit, then the QX50 is not for you. However, if you are using the QX50 for what it was designed to do, then you will find the CVT to be to your liking.

New Design: In and Out

Styling on the 2019 Infiniti QX50 is sleeker and more contemporary than the previous model. The noticeable visual detail from the side is the kink in the D pillar. Infiniti has had this on several previous SUVs with different levels of design success. On the 2019 QX50 it looks right and is a positive design feature. Moving from a V6 to an I4 engine allowed for more front-end space, with the interior benefiting.

2019 Infiniti QX50

The cockpit is what you’d expect in a luxury crossover–plus suede

Carrying the Infiniti name and reputation means the QX50 is a premium crossover. The interior gets an update with the top trim levels including quilted seats and suede trim. It all works very nicely. All the operating systems, such as infotainment and power-everything are all there, and will be described in detail when Clean Fleet Report has the all-new QX50 for a week-long test drive. Suffice it to say that, if you want something on a new car, it is to be found on the QX50.

Technology Abounds

Along with the suite of advanced driver assistance technology, new on the 2019 QX50 is ProPilot Assist, which Infiniti repeatedly stressed is NOT autopilot. This system is hands-on and, when engaged, aids the driver keeping the QX50 centered between lane lines and can even bring the car to a complete stop in an emergency. Until the day comes where cars are completely autonomous, consider systems like ProPilot Assist to be very advanced cruise control that can reduce driver stress and fatigue while in stop-and-go traffic, or on long distance drives.

Observations: 2019 Infiniti QX50

Infiniti got the 2019 QX50 right, starting with contemporary exterior styling and premium interior materials. Size-wise, it is small enough to whip around in-town, but large enough inside to carry five full-size adults. The base QX50 in FWD starts at $36,550 and the AWD version starts at $45,150. Options, tax and destination fees will be extra.

2019 Infiniti QX50

It’s got style & tech to complete in this segment

Where Infiniti really did a great job is the all-new and first-to-market VC-Turbo engine. Twenty years of engineering innovation and development has resulted in an engine with diesel-like fuel economy, coming from a relatively small 2.0L engine that has a very useable torque band. It’s encouraging to see that gasoline-powered engines are still being improved upon.

For the family, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 will be perfect for everyday needs as well as long vacations. It’s priced competitively.

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Clean Fleet Report is loaned free test vehicles from automakers to evaluate, typically for a week at a time. Our road tests are based on this one-week drive of a new vehicle. Because of this we don’t address issues such as long-term reliability or total cost of ownership. In addition, we are often invited to manufacturer events highlighting new vehicles or technology. As part of these events we may be offered free transportation, lodging or meals. We do our best to present our unvarnished evaluations of vehicles and news irrespective of these inducements.

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News: Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept Introduced in Detroit

News: Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept Introduced in Detroit

A Swoopy Look at the Future Debuts; Surprise: It’s Not An Electric Car

For weeks, Infiniti has been teasing the Q Inspiration Concept ahead of its world introduction at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The glimpses hinted at the Japanese luxury carmaker’s future design direction and how its next fleet of cars could look. Not seeing any tailpipes on the rear end led us to believe it was powered by a battery-electric powertrain.

But when the car was revealed today, the Infiniti Q Inspiration proved to be more than just a swoopy, athletic piece of motor show eye candy; beneath the skin the concept featured Infiniti’s new variable compression ration gasoline engine technology (VC-Turbo).

A Different Kind of Gasoline Engine

VC-Turbo made its production debut in the 2019 QX50 crossover SUV at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show last November. In the Q Inspiration, VC-Turbo allows Infiniti designers to make the most of the packaging, taking advantage of the compact powertrain to increase the size of the cabin while maintaining the footprint of a midsize car.

Infiniti Q Inspiration

The Infiniti concept drives into the brand’s future

The VC-Turbo uses some complex mechanical magic to vary compression on the fly, between 8:1 for high-performance situations, to 14:1 for maximum efficiency. Mounted to the exhaust manifold and integrated in the cylinder heads of the four-cylinder engine is a single-scroll turbocharger. Infiniti says the system provides the torque and response of a hybrid or turbodiesel powertrain without sacrificing efficiency. In the Infiniti Q Inspiration, the power is directed to four wheels via a front-biased all-wheel-drive drivetrain. The system can direct torque to the rear wheels individually as needed.

Deatails about power output or fuel economy were not released.

Short Hood, Stretched Cabin And Swooping, Coupe-Like Roof Line

The Infiniti Q Inspiration will certainly stand out in a crowd. It features an over-sized, double-arch grille with narrow slits and a lighted Infiniti logo near the hood line. Additional scoops bring more wind into the engine and feed the blade-like air curtains used to reduce turbulence around the front wheels. The slit LED headlamps are framed by distinctive LED strip lights. bulging fenders give the sedan a muscular stance, with a strong crease that runs nearly wheel well-to-wheel well. A close look reveals hidden door handles and a lack of mirrors, with the concept opting for side view cameras.

The car has no pillar at its rear door, and the roofline has an aggressive, coupe-like curve that stretches, fastback style, into the rear decklid. Narrow taillamps that pick up the LED strip look wrap across the back of the concept and flare into the rear fenders.

Infiniti Q Inspiration

Using concept cars trucks like “suicide doors,” ingress to the interior is easy

“The premium sedan segment has become rather conservative,” Christian Meunier, Infiniti global vice president, said. “The Infiniti Q Inspiration previews something that could appeal to a younger audience who seek modern design and new technologies.”

Minimalist Interior

Interior design is a minimalist approach to not distract drivers from driving. It provides everyone with a relaxed and airy environment, trimmed with leather and matte wood. Even though the concept has a midsize footprint, interior space is on par with some larger luxury sedans. Getting in and out is made easier with pillarless suicide back doors and low sills.

The instrument panel has a horizontal orientation and is divided into two tiers. The upper level features video displays that extend door-to-door. Another touchscreen, just above that center console, controls the infotainment and climate control systems.

Infiniti Q Inspiration

The engine’s already here and the design is coming soon

The Infiniti Q Inspiration can seat four passengers with each given their own floating touchscreen infotainment system. This allows passengers to watch a film, read the news or relax individually without distracting other occupants. Each screen offers “guided meditation to help occupants leave any stress behind when they start a journey,” says Nissan “The car can also monitor passenger biometrics.”

Finally, a raft of ProPilot near-future semi-autonomous drive technology have been adopted from parent company Nissan. The car uses camera and radar input to support the driver in responding to other vehicles on the road ahead. In this application, ProPilot can automate end-to-end driving, operating and navigating autonomously on multi-lane highways and intersections alike.

A True Concept Car

The Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept isn’t planned for production. It does, however, offer a glimpse into the technologies we’ll see in Infinitis of the near future.  As for styling, the concept is intended to show a design vision for upcoming sedans such as the Q70 sedan, which is due for a redesign in 2019 or 2020.

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Tech: Engine Variable Compression Gamechanger

Nissan Introduces Variable Compression Ratio Engine in 2019 Infiniti QX50

Too often at auto shows the external hardware of the car gets all the attention, when we know its what’s under the hood that counts. At the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan introduced a break-through engine technology that shows great potential to improve the efficiency and power of current engines—variable compression.

2019 INFINITI QX50

Under the hood of the new QX50 is the world’s first variable compression ratio engine

This is not some science experiment. The engine will debut in the 2019 Infiniti QX50, which will arrive in 2018. To illustrate the dramatic change possible with this technology:

  • It will arrive in a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that will replace a 3.7-liter V-6
  • The new engine will have a 27 percent fuel economy boost compared to the old one.
  • The new engine will deliver 268 horsepower and 288 pounds-feet of torque, resulting in 0-60 acceleration one seconds faster than competitors.
  • Early reports from press drives of early pilot-builds of the QX50 with the new engine said it was “impressive” in both power and refinement—and it was transparent to the drive.

What It Does

Nissan said it has been working on variable compression technology for 20 years, piling up more than 300 patented technologies along the way. Formula 1 racers even played a role in the engine development.

Until this engine, all pistons traveled the same distance up and down in their cylinders, whatever speed and load the vehicle they were tasked with motivating had. The compression ratio of an engine is determined by the amount of space (smaller spaces lead to higher compression) left at the top of a piston’s travel. That is the way it’s been forever.

The pistons in the VC-Turbo (Nissan’s name for the QX50 engine) are connected to rods that are attached to one end of an elliptic device Nissan calls a multi-link, which replaces the normal connecting rod connection on the crankshaft. An electrically controlled actuator twists a shaft, which causes the multi-link to tilt up or down slightly. Depending on the tilt angle, the compression ratio goes up or down.

The compression ratio varies from 8:1 to 14:1. The engine’s turbocharger kicks in to boost power with the lower ratio, while the higher compression ratio approaches that of a diesel engine and the efficiency it brings.

2019 INFINITI QX50

This new engine technology promises to extend the life of the ICE

As with many recent engine advances, Nissan chief powertrain engineer, Shinichi Kiga, told reporters that modern engine control technologies were the key to getting this engine into production. In addition to the turbocharger, it features both port and direct fuel injection, variable valve timing and a cooling system with four circuits. The computer brain runs the show and tells the actuator when to spin.

The Bottom Line

Nissan said the engine is more expensive than conventional ones, but only about 10 percent more, so the increased fuel economy should bring payback relatively quickly. The engine, mated to a continuously variable transmission, will be the only one offered in the new QX50. It will require premium fuel.

2019 Infiniti QX50

The package the new technology will come in is a good fit

The bigger question is where the technology might end up next as Nissan seeks to amortize the development cost by bumping up production. The company touts it as a lower cost route to diesel power and fuel efficiency, which might point the engine toward use in its larger vehicles.

Assuming the durability of the system is solid, which 20 years of development should assure, logically the engines may start showing up in larger, heavier vehicles. With those, a six mpg fuel economy improvement is quite an achievement, and its low cost creates an even steeper hurdle for electric drive to overcome.

To echo Mark Twain’s remarks, recent pronouncements of the death of the internal combustion engine may have been premature.

 

Road Test: 2015 Infiniti Q50 3.7

Road Test: 2015 Infiniti Q50 3.7

Upscale Compact Luxury Sedan

Completely redesigned in 2014 and unchanged for 2015, the Infiniti Q50 is as stylish and technology-filled as any upscale, compact luxury sedan on the market. And, it had better be to top the reputation and popularity of the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Drivetrain

Clean Fleet Report got behind the wheel for a week of spirited driving in the 2015 Infiniti Q50S. Running on premium unleaded, our rear-wheel drive Q50S was powered by Infiniti’s smooth naturally aspirated 3.7L DOHC 24-valve V-6 with sequential multi-point fuel injection, putting out 328 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission offered is the 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters, Sport mode and manual downshift rev matching.

The Q50 is EPA rated at 20 City / 30 Highway / 23 Combined. In 357 miles of 65-percent/35-percent highway/city driving we averaged 24.9 mpg, and 31 mpg on the highway. Had we not been

2015 Infiniti, Q50S, handling

Eager to get back on the road

pushing the car to see if we could do better than Infiniti’s stated, 0 – 60 time of 5.3 seconds, we easily could have exceed our fuel economy numbers. But heck, it is nice that a car of this quality and performance is rated at 30 mpg on the highway. C’mon, how are you going to keep your foot out of it when the temptation to let ‘er rip is begging you go for it!

The Q50 has a whopping five selectable drive modes of Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow and a customizable Personal. I never quite figured the need for the Personal setting, but maybe more time with the car would have shown it to be beneficial. I checked-out the Snow setting, though not because snow is expected anytime soon at the beach here in Southern California. It was pretty obvious how it would work if your tires were slipping and sliding; the accelerator has a delay of about three seconds, then the power comes on slowly to keep your tires planted. So that leaves Standard for anytime driving, Eco for long highway segments and Sport for zipping around twisties and otherwise spirited driving.

My pattern of starting in either Standard or Sport delivered smooth acceleration with excellent pedal response at any speed and rpm from the 3.7L. The seven-speed automatic, geared to get a respectable 30 mpg highway rating for a 347 hp car, can be placed in Sport mode or the paddle shifters offer options to help you forget about trying to be fuel frugal. I also found that under some circumstances going from Eco or Standard to Sport was more effective than blipping the paddle shifters. The twin exhaust gives a very pleasant rumble that is not harsh sounding like the very recognizable sound of its predecessor, the Infiniti G37.

Ed note: The top of the line in the Q50 lineup includes a hybrid model that can bump up fuel economy up to 29 City/36 Highway while carrying forward with the features John covers in this review. The Q50 Hybrid comes in Premium, AWD Premium, Q50S and Q50S AWD packages.

Driving Experience: On the Road

At 3,675 lbs. the Infiniti Q50S handled firm, flat, confident and predictable with no noticeable body roll when pushed hard. Thanks to Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering system, which includes electric power-assisted, speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering, 19-inch alloy wheels and 245/40/19 tires, sport-tuned double-piston KYB shocks, front double independent double-wishbone and rear multi-link independent suspension with a stabilizer bar at both ends, the Q50 was a kick to drive.

A bit more about the Direct Adaptive Steering, which is more than a steer-by-wire system that can be found on other cars. On a ton-and-a-half luxury sports sedan, the steering can make or break

2015,Infiniti Q50,styling

A color chameleon

the sales success of the model. The Q50 is, according to Infiniti, equipped with “the world’s first production vehicle…system that allows independent control of the tire angle and steering inputs, transmitting the driver’s input to the wheels faster than a mechanical system.” Okay, what did I feel?  I took the Q50S on a mountain road known for its driving challenges, and—not for me thankfully, but many others—speeding tickets, to test the Direct Adaptive Steering on tight slow corners and fast sweepers. The result was steering that had a good feel with no lag and was precise with predictive feedback. With four driver-adjusted steering settings, the Q50 is well-planted and offered excellent control and confidence. Without a doubt, Infiniti has developed a system, which they tested for more than ten years, that throws down the gauntlet to its competitors.

Stopping was straight and true with no fading from the excellent, optional Sport Brakes that included four-wheel power-assisted vented discs with upgraded rotors (four-piston front calipers and two-piston rear calipers), four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and the Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) system.

Driving Experience: Exterior

Infiniti describes the Q50 as having “higher level of premium style” that offers “a new dimension in dynamic design.” I can’t make it clear enough how much I like the look of the Q50S. The curves, supple creases and angles flow from end-to-end and look good from any viewpoint. Much like a wave, there is a fluidity that starts with the double arch grille and distinctive LED headlights and

QX30,concept vehicle

The QX30 gives a glimpse of future Infiniti styling

ends with the LED tail lights that smoothly blend into a rear fascia that is topped by the short deck lid and integrated spoiler. Our test Q50S came with the stunning Malbec Black paint that had fine reflective specs and tested your eye if you were seeing a deep burgundy wine color or black. Very impressive.

To get a glimpse into the future of how Infiniti will continue its design styling, take a look at the QX30 concept shown at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2015.

Driving Experience: Interior

The 2015 Infiniti Q50S is a car you want to spend time in and drive and drive and drive. The interior ensconces you in a combination of leather, genuine maple wood and tastefully placed aluminum trim pieces. There is nothing garish nor over-the-top in the design of the interior; everything has a logical location and is within easy reach. The comfortable and form-fitting leather seats were developed, Infiniti says, “to distribute body pressure across a wider range of the upper seating surface.”

2015,Infiniti, Q50,Q50S, sporty

Almost too much fun

That translated for me into a heated driver seat with memory, that was eight-way power adjustable (including power lumbar and torso support), with a very appreciated manual thigh extension. The passenger seat was also heated and eight-way power adjustable with the manual thigh extension. The rear seating area, that was very comfortable and can easily carry three adults, has a 60/40 folding rear seat with cup holders, a folding pass-through arm rest and reading lights.

Clean Fleet Report was driving a highly optioned 2015 Infiniti Q50S that was equipped with all the luxury and high-end electronics you would desire. The first thing you notice on the dash are two, stacked displays, eight-inch upper and seven-inch lower, that work together so you don’t have to leave a screen to take care of multiple activities. The displays, controlled by quickly responding

2015,Infiniti,Q50,interior

Luxury from the inside out

touches, allow you to customize the content. Another welcome feature, that can also be found on select Nissan models, is the Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection that is combined with the rear view monitor. This system, when the car is placed in reverse, shows a downward view of the car as if a camera was suspended over the roof. In conjunction with the overhead camera views the outside rearview mirrors also rotate downward to show curbs and parking lot lines. It’s a very convenient feature that you become reliant on and appreciate quickly.

The simplicity of the dash layout also made reading the gauges and operating the sound system easy. Clean Fleet Report’s Q50S came standard with the Infiniti Studio Bose Premium audio system with 14 speakers, and surround sound, called Bose Centerpoint. Running the Infiniti InTouch system you get SiriusXM (three-month trial subscription), AM/FM/HD/CD/MP3, dual USB ports with iPod connectivity, Aux-in jacks, Bluetooth streaming audio and hands-free telephone. Navigation with SiriusXM Traffic can also be controlled by voice recognition.

Our Q50S had a power tilt and sliding sunroof, power tilt and telescopic steering column, heated leather-wrapped and illuminated steering wheel with audio, hands-free telephone and cruise controls, and soft touch materials on the dash and door panels. Other nice interior features are auto-dimming power outside mirrors, dual zone automatic temperature control with microfiltration, push button start/stop, power windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, multiple cup holders, carpeted floor mats, center console with storage compartment, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink connection and illuminated entry with auto-dimming.

Safety and Convenience

The 2015 Q50 is one of the most high-tech cars Clean Fleet Report has tested; it was stuffed with safety and Advanced Driver Assistance Technology systems. The near-future for automobiles will be making them safer through technology, with autonomous cars being introduced in another five years according to Infiniti uber boss Carlos Ghosn. The Q50 came with eight air bags, remote

2015 Infiniti, Q50, technology

Technology coming and going

keyless entry, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS), hill start assist, Vehicle Stability management (VSM), 4-wheel disc Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with brake assist and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).

Advanced Driver Assistance Technology includes Intelligent Cruise Control, front and rear parking sensors, Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot intervention (BSI), Backup Collision Intervention (BCI), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) with Lane Departure Prevention and Active Lane Control.

To complete the safety systems are LED headlights and fog lights, auto-dimming and heated outside mirrors that have intergraded LED turn signals, speed and rain-sensing windshield wipers and an anti-theft engine immobilizer.

Pricing and Warranties

Base pricing for the 2015 Infiniti Q50 with two-wheel drive is $37,150 and $38,950 for the AWD model, excluding the $905 Destination charge. Clean Fleet Report’s two-wheel drive Q50S with the Technology, Touring, Navigation and Performance Wheel Packages had a MSRP of $53,150, excluding the $905 Destination charge.

The 2015 Infiniti Q50 comes with these warranties:

  • Four-year/60,000-mile Basic
  • Six-year/70,000-mile Powertrain
  • Seven-year/Unlimited-mile Corrosion

Observations: 2015 Infiniti Q50S

With some very fine cars in the luxury compact sedan category, such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, it would be smart to cross-shop them

2015, Infiniti Q50,compact luxury sedan

Edges its way onto the compact luxury shopping list

all for comparable features, driver assistance Technology, performance, fuel economy and, of course, price. What you will find with the Infiniti
Q50 is an equal competitor to all those. It offers top-of-the-line craftsmanship in a fast, fun and comfortable car.

When spending upwards of $50,000 on a car, you have an extra responsibility to take the time to research the fine differences between brands and models. When finished with your homework, Clean Fleet Report is confident the Infiniti Q50 just may be the newest occupant in your garage.

Whatever you buy, Happy Driving!

 

 

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