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Mercedes CLA Versus Infiniti Q50

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New York 2013: 2014 Infiniti Q50 Starts at $37,355

Written by: Ben Timmins[G+] on March 27 2013 9:30 AM


It could be a scene from “The Price is Right:” take a look at the 2014 Infiniti Q50, and guess how much it costs without going over the actual price. If you said anything $40,000, you’d lose this round–the new car will cost $37,355 when it goes on sale this summer.

Credit Infinti with some creative pricing strategies to go along with its new naming strategy. the car-formerly-known-as-the-G will cost $37,355 as part of an “introductory pre-order” deal in hopes of driving customer interest. Infiniti will also give Q50 buyers a complimentary iPad mini if they place their orders during the initial pre-order period, a sign that the “premium brands giving gifts to new owners” trend set by brands like Lincoln and cars like Hyundai’s Equus is here to stay. What might not be here to stay is the price–Infiniti hasn’t said if this MSRP will stay this low past the introductory period.

That $37,355 (some $905 less than the base 2013 Infinti G) will score you a new sedan with Infiniti’s tried-and-true 3.7-liter V-6–which makes 328 horsepower–and a seven-speed automatic transmission. For the first time, the G37 sedan won’t feature a six-speed manual transmission. From there buyers can step up to the Q50 Premium ($40,205) or the Q50 Sport ($45,655). There’s also a hybrid model that uses a 3.5-liter V-6 and a seven-speed automatic gearbox–the base Hybrid Premium starts at $44,605, while the top-spec Q50 Hybrid Sport will cost you $47,005. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be added to the mix in 2015; in the meantime, all-wheel drive is an $1800 option available on all trim levels and with either powertrain.

While we’re not sure how the Q50′s standard features will stack up against the competition, the Q50′s base price is a world beater, coming in thousands less than other mid-size premium/sport sedans with at least 300 horsepower and an automatic transmission. Lexus’ 2013 IS350 is the closest competitor, ringing in at $41,215, but prices go all the way up to $49,895 for Audi’s S4. Infiniti does say that its “popularly equipped” model is the Q50 Premium, which means that you’ll probably need to shell out $40,205 for a sedan that truly compares on standard/available features. Even if that’s true, the Q50 still takes the crown for the least expensive competitor, by about $1000.

The Q50 will reach dealers this summer.

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3.7-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC 24-valve V6, rated at 328 horsepower (est.) and 269 lb-ft of torque (est.), featuring Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) and Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL®)

Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™ with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control, combining 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 and compact laminated lithium-ion battery design with an innovative one-motor/two-clutch motor control; V6 rated at 296 horsepower (est.) and 255 lb-ft of torque (est.), advanced 50 kW electric motor rated at 67 horsepower (est.) and 199 lb-ft of torque (est.), Hybrid system net power: 354 horsepower (est.)

Transmission
7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching, manual shift mode and Adaptive Shift Control, available steering column-mounted magnesium paddle shifters

Drive Configuration
Front engine, rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive

Wheels/Tires
17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with machine-finished surface / 225/55R17 all-season run-flat tires. Available 19-inch aluminum-alloy sport wheels / 245/40R19 all-season or summer run-flat tires

Suspension
4-wheel independent multi-link suspension (front single pivot double-wishbone design/revised rear design) with extensive use of lightweight aluminum components and front and rear stabilizer bars

Braking
4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes, 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution, Brake Assist. Available Sport Brakes with upgraded rotors, 4-piston front calipers and 2-piston rear calipers

Steering
Vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering

Available Direct Adaptive Steering™ technology for enhanced steering feel and personalized dynamic customization

Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
Length: 188.3 inches
Width: 71.8 inches
Height: 56.8 inches
Coefficient of drag: 0.26
Seating Capacity: 5-passenger








Exterior Features
Sensuous dynamic styling with unexpected spaciousness; purpose-built for performance with low, wide proportions and tight, athletic stance; Infiniti signature "double arch" front grille, dynamic arch silhouette and Crescent-cut C-pillar; distinctive LED head lamps and lighting (headlights, fog lights and marker lights), LED rear combination lights; available sport front fascia; eight available premium exterior colors; advanced aerodynamic design with 0.26 coefficient of drag and zero front and rear lift











Interior Features
Driver-oriented center stack/console with asymmetric design; natural contour ergonomic-design front seats for enhanced comfort; available leather-appointed seating; available heated front seats and heated steering wheel; Fine Vision electroluminescent instrumentation; "Kacchu" aluminum interior trim; available "Fukiurushi" maple wood trim; Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, available Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster® air purifier; customizable digital environment for storing and providing various driver settings and driving characteristics to i-Key; Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System; RearView Monitor







Technology Features
Infiniti InTouch™ next-generation Human Machine Interface with dual touch-screen displays and smartphone connectivity; next-generation Studio on Wheels by Bose® audio system with instrument panel speaker array and up to 14 total speakers, Advanced Staging Technology®; Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection; HEV sound management technologies, including available Active Noise Control





Infiniti Connection™ featuring Automatic Collision Notification, Drive Zone monitoring, Google Calendar™, and Destination Assistance via Infiniti Personal Assistant (complimentary for the first 12 months of ownership)

Available Safety Shield technologies with Intelligent Cruise Control with Full Speed Range, predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Distance Control Assist, Blind Spot Intervention®, Back-up Collision Intervention, Lane Departure Prevention, Active Lane Control™ (world’s first production Direct Adaptive Steering technology), High Beam Assist




Available dynamic performance enhancement systems, including Active Trace Control by advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control
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Something to consider. Why didn't see this at the auto show?
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Something to consider. Why didn't see this at the auto show?
Which auto show did you go to?

I saw it in Detroit at NAIAS.
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THe Q50 is nice definitely one of the better ones from the imports. Is the Q50 competing in the same segment as the CLA?



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post #6 of 14 Old 05-24-2013, 02:09 PM
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Is this the new replacement for the Infiniti G37? Looks good. Not bad for the price sounds better at $37K but after said and done would be over $40K with options I want. I stick to the CLA.
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Which auto show did you go to?

I saw it in Detroit at NAIAS.
I was at the NYIAS. It could have been there. I wasn't looking for is so I probably just walked right passed it.
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The new infiniti Q50 is ugly honestly and especially in that brown too.
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You just had to do it didn't you

Depending on how you like your Q50 flavored it could compete with the CLA 45 AMG
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I'd have to say that for the price I would want a CLA 45 AMG. Have you guys seen the track test video it sounds awesome for a god dang four cylinder.
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