By Kirk Seaman
Infiniti has—sort of—announced pricing for the all-new 2014 Q50 (the Sports Sedan Formerly Known as G37). From now until the car actually goes on sale later this summer, the entry-level Q50 sedan can be preordered starting at $37,355. To sweeten the pot, buyers who preorder a Q50 and take delivery by October 31 will receive a complimentary iPad mini. (Woo?) Infiniti declined to provide the final, post-launch pricing for the various models.
While the car’s name has changed, the Q50 still uses the previous G37’s 328-hp 3.7-liter V-6, matched to a seven-speed automatic. (A new hybrid version also is on offer, although we won’t get the diesel model headed for Europe or a manual transmission.) Many other components also carry over, but the handsome new sheetmetal, upscale interior features, and advanced safety systems are new.
The Q50 will be offered with rear-wheel drive as standard, while all-wheel drive is an $1800 option across all models. Infiniti has not yet announced what the standard features will be for each trim or the complete options list, but the special base pricing is as follows:
• Q50: $37,355
• Q50 Premium: $40,205
• Q50 Sport: $43,855
• Q50 Premium hybrid: $44,605
• Q50 Sport hybrid: $47,005
One option we know will be available is a bundle that pairs Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering technology with Active Lane Control. Direct Adaptive Steering is the world’s first “steer-by-wire” system, and it turns the wheels based on driver inputs to the steering wheel via an electrical system. (There is a mechanical backup system in case of electric failure.) Active Lane Control uses a camera-based lane-detection system and works with the adaptive steering to keep the car on the proper path.
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The previous G37 had at times given the BMW 3-series a run for its money, losing its most recent comparison test against the Bavarian sports sedan by a mere two points back in 2009, the last year the G appeared on our 10Best Cars roster. Since then, a new 3-series has been launched, and, while it’s still the benchmark in the segment, it seems to have lost a little of its sporting edge: The Cadillac ATS proved to have the superior chassis in a recent head-to-head comparo.
Can the Q50 catch the Bimmer, or even the ATS? We’ll let you know as soon as we can get them together, but if you’re already prepared to part with your cash, Infiniti has reworked the Q50’s microsite to allow users to configure and reserve one of their very own. Better get crackin’ if you want a deal.