The 2014 Infiniti Q50, announced as the replacement for the G37, and all but identical under the skin, will continue in production until mid-2015. The specs of the Q50 are identical: all that separates the two cars are the optional touch-screen interfaces and the optional steer-by-wire system in the Q50.
Truly strange news.. but it does suggest that Infiniti will introduce its new 4 cylinder engine in 2015, thus providing a low-end entry-level to the lineup. The other open question is the JDM market Skyline 370GT – the Nissan version of the G37 in Japan. It too is identical to the G37 as we know it, separated only by different badges (and the famous Skyline name).
We’re not sure we understand the new Infiniti. We do know that when we saw the original Infiniti commercial, with Dave Brubeck, that we understood the image the brand was promoting. And we know that we completed the build-up of our own 500-HP supercharged G37S, that we understand that our particular Infiniti was a car that delivered in both ways: the ultimate performance and handling while maintaining all of the Infiniti attributes that we had admired for so long.
[Video]: Dave Brubeck Infiniti
That’s why the new Q50 confuses us – first because a replacement for the G series has taken so long, second because when it arrived it was just a reskin of the existing G37, and third because with all the talk of new engines – there aren’t any (except for the Hybrid engine, which was developed and first shown to the press in a G35 body years ago). Where is the entry-level supercharged 4 cylinder? And the twin-turbo V-68 that Infiniti President Johan De Nysschen discussed? It looks like we’ll have to wait another two years or longer for the “real” G37 replacement to materialize.
And, lastly, because this is not the Infiniti that we know and have loved…
Infiniti Press Release follows:
Infiniti Continues Production of G37 Sedan – Will Be Sold Alongside the All-New 2014 Q50 Premium Sedan
- Infiniti G37 sedan will remain on sale in the United States until mid-2015
- Revised line-up with M.S.R.P.s repositioned, effective August 6
- All-new Infiniti Q50 and Q50 Hybrid available this week at Infiniti retailers nationwide
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Infiniti today announced that a revised line-up of the Infiniti G37 sedan models will continue to be available in the United States through model year 2015 alongside the all-new Infiniti Q50. Base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices* (M.S.R.P.) are being repositioned to reflect the product hierarchy with the higher content 2014 Infiniti Q50 – which will go on sale this week at Infiniti retailers nationwide.
“The introduction of the Q50 with its distinctive design, engaging performance, world’s first technologies and unmatched levels of connectivity and personalization, enables us to pursue a two-pronged strategy, said Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore. “It creates room to strategically offer the repositioned G37 at the lower end of the near luxury segment in addition to the higher-positioned Q50. The two vehicles aim at different market segments and allow us to serve different customer needs.”
Two models of the Infiniti G37 Sedan will continue to be produced, the G37 Sedan Journey and G37 Sedan AWD. Only two options will be available, the Premium and Navigation Packages.
The significantly streamlined and focused G37 product lineup is a key driver of the price repositioning. The adjusted base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP)* for the 2013 Infiniti G37 Sedan are:
|G37 Sedan Journey||3.7-liter V6 / RWD||$32,550 USD|
|G37 Sedan AWD||3.7-liter V6 / AWD||$34,150 USD|
Destination and Handling $905 USD
The dramatic new 2014 Infiniti Q50 is offered in a choice of 328-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 or 360 net horsepower 3.5-liter Hybrid models. Starting prices* are $36,700 USD for the Q50 3.7-liter model and $43,950 USD for the Q50 Hybrid Premium model. For full information on the all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 premium sedan, please visit Infiniti.com.
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