Infiniti’s naming scheme will be changing. The G37 will be renamed the Q50 when it is redesigned and on sale this summer. The Q50 will continue to use the 3.7-liter V6 engine (unfortunately it won’t be a 5.0-liter V8 M3 killer) and will also have a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
The Infiniti Q50 will still come in both coupe and sedan bodystyles with all-wheel drive available in both. The 2014 Q50 Hybrid will also be available with all-wheel drive, according to Autoweek. The optional all-wheel drive in the hybrid might hurt gas mileage but will probably help sales, the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is only available with rear-wheel drive.
Infiniti previously used the Q name for its flagship large car. At that time (the early 90s) the G20 was a sister car to the Nissan Sentra, and only grew to its current recognizable size for the 2001 model year when it became a vessel for the Nissan Skyline, which had never been available in the United States before. This will mark an end to Infiniti’s engine size naming scheme (the G35 had a 3.5-liter engine while the G37 has a 3.7-liter one) copied from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. BMW and Mercedes have figured out that using the engine size just confuses people, and when a customer comes in asking for a 328i, they’re looking for the second best 3-Series, not a 2.8-liter engine. The current 328i uses a 2.0-liter engine – the name 328i has developed a branding of its own to BMW buyers, which is an argument against the numbers and letters naming schemes if I’ve ever seen one. I think Infiniti would have been better served using the Skyline name, which has some cachet with car enthusiasts but also sounds cool and is easier to remember.
Infiniti hasn’t announced pricing for the Q50 or details on the turbocharged four-cylinder engine yet.
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