Infiniti is definitely living up to their name this week with a seemingly endless amount of new Japanese cars to talk about. Today they released the first image of a new version of their Q50 saloon. It’s called the Infiniti Q50L, and it will be exclusive to the Chinese market when it makes its official debut at the 2014 Chengdu Motor Show later this month. Check it out:
As you can see, this is a long-wheelbase version of the recently refreshed Infiniti Q50 sedan. If you’re looking for specific measurements, Infiniti added about 2 inches (48mm) to the normal Q50’s wheelbase and nearly 3 inches (60mm) to the sedan’s body, which puts the Q50L at a total length of 191 inches (4852mm). Almost all of that extra length went straight to the back seat, which is intended to make the new model more appealing to luxury chauffeurs – another big trend in China.
What’s especially exciting about this new Q50L sedan for is that it will be Infiniti’s first domestically manufactured model in China, although probably not the last. After all, this is just one more step towards their promise of a more comprehensive global presence. The new sedan will be manufactured at Infiniti’s new Xiangyang factory in the Hubei province.
Since Infiniti won’t be selling the Q50L outside China anytime soon, the new saloon has been tailored from the ground up for its target market. That means it’ll only be available with one engine option, supplied by Mercedes-Benz. It’s a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder petrol that outputs 211hp and fits within China’s strict emissions regulations. The powertrain will be paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and the same Direct Adaptive Steering seen in the normal Infiniti Q50.
The new Infiniti Q50L will be more than just clean and comfy, though… It’ll also feature a boatload of cutting-edge tech features. Infiniti’s touch-screen inTouch infotainment and their active safety suite (including Active Lane Control) will be stock on all trims, as well as a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system and electronic anti-glare mirrors. And that’s just the beginning. There’ll be five total trims, listed in order of price: Comfort, Elegant, Sports, Luxury & Luxury Sports.
We’re sure to learn more about the new Infiniti Q50L later this month when the lengthy sedan makes its debut at the Chengdu Motor Show. Until then, we’ll all just have to make do with the image at the top of this post. Stay tuned for more details – and pictures – in a couple weeks.