Infiniti Q50S Hybrid Driving Report
Road cruiser with F1 boost
The Japanese luxury car manufacturer Infiniti, which has been operating on the European market since 2008, is not only presenting its mid-range Q2018 as a facelift for the 50 model year. Under the hood, the Q50 presents the "S" version, a new 3,5 liter hybrid unit that is economical with small numbers, but above all should do one thing: be fun. Because the market in the D-segment is very competitive, Infiniti wants to show a different way of paying attention. The Infiniti Q50 model year 2018 is now available with a total of 4 engines and four equipment variants at the Infiniti dealer for customer viewing. There it shows itself with a starting price of 38.900 euros.
All in F1 fever
Right after our arrival in Porto, we were able to convince ourselves of the performance of the new Q50S Hybrid AWD on the first test kilometers. Narrow winding roads and freeways take the mid-range Infiniti, which is to be produced in the Japanese Tochigi, very easily and confidently. Spurtreu the hybrid sprints from curve to curve, leaving us completely forgotten that we are not sitting in a F1 cars. Because this is what Japanese engineers want to bring us closer to in cooperation with Renault Sport Formula One. Not as usual, the hybrid technology serves as a fuel-saving support, but as the DRS window during the race days as a boost for the already strong 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine. Optionally, the budding bolide with its 364 horsepower overall performance is available with a permanent four-wheel drive system. The data sheet from the manufacturer shows us that the consumption figures are contrary to his sporting performance. There is the combined value of 6,8 liters. Whether we can reach these numbers, we will test at a later date.
The announced facelift in the external presentation of the Q50 refers by and large to three striking points that are clearly visible even to non-Infiniti connoisseurs. While the central front of the Q50 has a double curved arch on the radiator grille, the headlights have the clear features of a human eye. Finally we find the C-pillar of the vehicle as a representation of a crescent moon. The hybrid version we tested stands very wide and self-confidently on the road on 19-inch aluminum wheels and impresses from the side with short overhangs. The Q50 takes on the exterior dynamics in the interior equally. Materials and workmanship appear high-quality, befitting their class. His cockpit is not playful and provides us with all the information we need. When fully seated - folding the rear seat backs is not intended - the Q50S loads up to 400 liters. This is not much more volume than for two board trolleys, which is justified by the space required for the batteries.
Also supplied with conventional engines
In addition to the hybrid system already described, Infiniti offers two more gasoline units and a diesel engine in the Q50. Both petrol engines come from our own development and are only offered with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The diesel supplied by the cooperation partner Daimler is combined with both the seven-speed automatic transmission and a six-speed manual transmission. In all cases of the engines, Infiniti relies on a turbo-charged version. The 2.0 liter petrol engine has an output of 155 kW (211 hp) and puts a powerful 350 Newton meters on the road. Combined fuel consumption of 6,5 liters per 100 kilometers results in 151 grams of CO2, The list values of 9,1 liters per 100 kilometers and 206 grams CO2 are listed on the more powerful 3.0 liter V6 gasoline engine. The 2.2 liter diesel with its performance level 125 kW (170 PS) brings decent 400 Newton on the tarmac. The combined consumption of 5,2 liters per 100 kilometer results in emissions of 123 grams of emissions.
At the starting price of 38.900 Euro, the Q50 is indeed in the upper third of our personal rating list, but the Japanese car manufacturer captivates with the best materials and workmanship.
And finally ... In the provision of the middle class hybrid, the luxury offshoot of the car manufacturer Nissan has managed a good litter. The combination of fuel savings and driving pleasure succeeds.
Pulling around the country with the Infiniti Q50S Hybrid is fun and brings a great driving experience. He also saves fuel, what more do you want?
Text: Stefan Beckmann, Beitragsbild: Manufacturer Picture: Stefan Beckmann and manufacturer