On February 6, Infiniti announced that their 2015 model of the Infiniti Q50 (the Nissan Skyline in Japan) will be unveiled at this yearâ€™s Chicago Auto Show from February 12.
The Infiniti Q50 was launched back in January 2013 at the North American International Auto Show. The Q50, which features the first hybrid model for the Skyline, is equipped with Infinitiâ€™s Direct Response Hybrid system based on a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with a one-motor/two-clutch system called Dual Clutch Control.
This system combines the power of a gasoline engine and an electric motor and features a powerful Lithium-ion battery combined to its parallel hybrid system with the motor, engine, and transmission directly connected by two separate clutches. The engine produces 296ps of maximum output and 35.2kgm of maximum torque, whereas the motor offers 67ps of maximum output and 27.5kgm of maximum torque. The hybrid system produces 354ps of horsepower in total.
The Infiniti Q50 is available again in a 3.7-liter V6 gasoline model as well. The engine generates 328ps of maximum output and 37.2kgm of maximum torque. It comes equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters for gear changes.
The soon-to-be-unveiled 2015 model has undergone minor upgrades, which includes the addition of their Performance Wheel Package featuring super-light 19-inch RAYS aluminum wheels. Infiniti said, â€œThe 2015 model will offer a unique and sporty appearance with improved handling.â€
(Translated by Travis Yamabata)