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2016 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid OVERVIEW

Unlike typical compact and midsize premium sedans, the Q50 from Nissan’s luxury division comes across as surprisingly sporty. That’s also true for the Hybrid version, which substitutes a gasoline/electric powertrain for a conventional gas engine. While delivering more frugal fuel economy, performance from the Q50 Hybrid is essentially on par with the regular Q50, which gets a new pair of gasoline engines for 2016.

What's New for 2016

Although the regular Q50 has switched from all-V6 power to a choice of four-cylinder or twin-turbo V6 engines, the Q50 Hybrid carries on with the same powertrain as before. Like the gas-engine Q50, the Hybrid benefits from improvements to the steering and suspension systems, as well as newly available advanced-safety features.

Choosing Your INFINITI Q50 Hybrid

In the Hybrid system, a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine works in conjunction with a 50-kW electric motor, hooked to a lithium-ion battery pack. Combined system output is 360 horsepower. Operating with dual clutch control, the gas V6 generates 302 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the electric motor is rated at 67 horsepower and 214 pound-feet. That’s sufficient to propel the Q50 Hybrid from zero to 60 mph in as little as a startling 4.9 seconds, according to INFINITI. A seven-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode and downshift rev-matching sends that energy to the rear wheels or, optionally, to all four wheels.

Fuel economy is estimated at 28 mpg around town and 34 mpg on the highway (27/31 mpg with all-wheel drive). Many hybrid passenger cars yield better gas mileage, but few (if any) of those models come close to the Q50's performance potential. Premium-grade gasoline is required.

Direct Adaptive Steering, INFINITI’s steer-by-wire system, has been upgraded to provide better feedback from the pavement, and can be customized in accord with driver preferences.

All Q50 Hybrids now come in Premium trim; the previous S edition is gone.

Premium

Starting at $47,050 (plus $905 destination charge), the Q50 Premium comes with a sizable group of advanced safety features: rearview camera, blind-spot warning, backup collision intervention, predictive forward collision warning with emergency braking, and an Around View monitor with moving-object detection. Also standard are 19-inch alloy wheels, LED automatic headlights, LED foglamps, heated power mirrors, a moonroof, leather-appointed seats, eight-way power heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, electro-luminescent instruments, and maple wood trim.

Standard equipment also includes a power tilt/telescope steering column, Bluetooth hands-free phone, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose 14-speaker surround-sound audio, HD and satellite radio, navigation, and SiriusXM Travel Link.

Premium AWD

Adds all-wheel drive, for an additional $2,000

An optional Technology Package includes automatic leveling, adaptive front lights, high-beam assist, “intelligent” cruise control (full-speed range), Distance Control Assist, an “eco” pedal, pre-crash front seatbelts, blind-spot intervention, lane-departure warning, and lane-departure prevention with active lane control.

CarsDirect Tip

Compared to the new turbocharged four-cylinder engine available for the regular Q50, buying a Q50 Hybrid improves estimated gas mileage by a modest 4 mpg in combined (city/highway) driving. You’re getting a V6, true, but paying a lot more for the Hybrid powertrain. City fuel economy drops by only 1 mpg when you add all-wheel drive, which can be a big help in regions with inclement winter weather. But the highway figure sinks by 3 mpg, chipping away at the Q50’s fuel-efficiency status. For an additional $1,850, the Technology package adds a valuable group of modern active-safety systems.

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