Infiniti has announced the world premiere of the Q50L, the new long-wheelbase variant of its Q50 saloon. With 48mm added to the wheelbase over the standard Q50, the Q50L provides more legroom for rear passengers.
With this introduction, Infiniti is delivering on its strategy to accommodate the Chinese market, where long-wheelbase derivatives of executive saloons are common. Of further note, the Q50L is in keeping with the soon-to-launch (in the US and Canada) updated Q70L long wheelbase saloon, a model which originated in the Chinese market in 2012. The Q50L is dedicated to the mainland Chinese market and will be offered exclusively there.
The Q50L debuts at the end of August at the Chengdu Motor Show in Sichuan province. It is offered in Comfort, Elegant, Sports, Luxury and Luxury Sports trims, providing a wide range of personalised choices for aspiring premium customers. Deliveries start in the beginning of November.
Significantly, the Q50L is the first domestically-produced Infiniti model for the important Chinese market. Production will take place at the Xiangyang factory in Hubei province, which becomes the fourth assembly plant for Infiniti vehicles globally. China is a rapidly growing market which is now considered very significant for the Infiniti brand. Sales growth year-on-year for the first six months of 2014 reached 130 per cent., with total deliveries of just over 14,000 vehicles.
Infiniti intends that China should be the Company’s second ‘volume hub’ globally. At the core of the plan is a mix of global as well as dedicated regional models.
The Infiniti Q50L has an overall length of 4852mm and wheelbase stretched to 2898mm. It is powered by a 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder petrol engine that is turbocharged to offer 211hp and 350Nm of torque, driving through a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode.
Noteworthy among its standard equipment, the Q50L has the world’s first steer-by-wire system – Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS). The intuitive double touch-screen Infiniti InTouch HCI system, Active Lane Control (ALC), new Bose 14-speaker Studio on Wheels audio system, plus other onboard extras like the in-car mood light system, rear window sunshade, electronic anti-glare side mirrors, all ensure the Infiniti Q50L can meet or exceed the needs of demanding Chinese customers.
While the globally successful standard-wheelbase Q50 will continue being imported to the Chinese mainland market from the Tochigi factory in Japan, the fully Chinese-assembled Q50L is a direct answer to growing demand for Infiniti products in the region.