2014 Infiniti Q50 vs 2013 Infiniti G37
Infiniti has recently made the decision to change the naming system for its entire lineup. And while some may believe that it may be strictly to make their cars easier to identify, the change also signifies a new direction for the company’s design and technological innovation. Infiniti’s G37 sedan has evolved into the new 2014 Infiniti Q50, bringing with it changes to safety, technology, and a major redesign. The new Q50 carries more than just the basic improvements of another calendar year, it carries some innovation that should remain in the car world for generations.
The Q50 is a technological marvel, with improvements in technology that lead to better safety, ride, and comfort. But let’s start with the most noticeable upgrades to the 2013 G37: the looks. The aesthetic of the 2014 Infiniti Q50 is more aggressive, with clean contoured lines on the sides leading up to a strong angled grill and a glimmering set of all-LED lights at the very front. Many companies have been adding LED lights simply for style, but the Q50 uses LED technology all over to light up the road like daylight. It's not just about style, it's about function with a tech-coated candy shell.
Every line on the outside looks, and is, well thought out - which is a feeling that carries into the cabin. The second the driver gets into their new Q50, the driver-centric design is apparent. The wood and metal accents sloping elegantly towards the driver emphatically announce that they are the new masters of their automotive universe. Also apparent is the new dual screen system, which flows effortlessly from the shift knob all the way up to the top of the dash with a minimal amount of clutter to create a seamless look. This is in contrast to the more traditional arrangement of the G37, which used the signature Infiniti analog clock as as the crown jewel of what looked like a particularly stylish memory card kiosk.
The artful crafting of the car's aesthetic sets the stage for the driver's experience of the 2014 Infiniti Q50, which is smooth, practical, and without a wasted part.
There are several improvements in the way it moves you. As mentioned earlier, every line on the car is well thought out, which translates to hours of wind tunnel time. External accents as simple as the tornado line along the side, despite also being stylish, are specifically formulated with purpose in mind. The car has been dropped and widened leading to a finished product that slices through the air more efficiently and generates better mpg, less cabin noise, and a smoother feel at higher speeds. This combined with an increase in sound insulation has made the Q50 a scientifically elegant undertaking - not to mention, a seductive figure for enthusiasts worldwide to admire.
With integrated drive-by-wire technology and Direct Adaptive Steering, the electronic additions to the Infiniti driving system have increased the smoothness of the ride by softening the effect the road has on the driver. While Direct Adaptive Steering works to keep the bumping and rattling of the road off of your hands, drive-by-wire gives a more seamless exchange of power between the engine and all of the cars systems including braking, steering, and the transmission. What this means for the driver is a significantly increased feeling of connection with the vehicle that almost seems to predict your driving intentions. The net result is pure joy - even in an ordinary daily commute.
By using these all-electronic systems to replace the analog ones from previous generations, Infiniti has conquered much of the unnecessary rattle and bounce of our crappy, misshapen roads. However, if you're a performance purist and insist on detecting every speck of dust that you drive over, there are 5 drive modes on the Q50 - including a customizable sport mode that allows you to feel as close to being a Formula 1 driver as you want.
With these technological updates to both the driving mechanisms and how you physically interface with it, the experience of driving the 2014 Infiniti Q50 is a cut above the competition. Note however that the Infiniti engineers didn't invest all of this technology solely into how the car handles the road, they have redefined the way we handle technology behind the wheel.
The stars of the new 2014 Infiniti Q50 show are the dual-touch screens pictured earlier embedded in the dash. While two screens may seem a bit too much in a car, imagine every time you've wanted to change songs while getting directions to your power-lunch appointment. It's not really possible to do both simultaneously with only one screen. You may finally find that song you've had in your head since your your morning shower, but miss your freeway exit entirely. The point is, two screens can help you do it better. And while the screen was embedded fairly deep into the dash of the G37, causing a minor nuisance when trying to poke out a new destination, the new screens are in one seamless panel that is easy to access no matter what angle you take. Thus, the new tech makes your life easier while making your life simpler.
But technological advances other than "double it" have been made to the car to further integrate it into you life.With the addition of the Infiniti InTouch Apps, many of the applications you use in everyday life are now embedded into your car. I Heart Radio, Pandora, Google, and Facebook are now available in the new Q50. I Heart Radio and pandora can help you to create your very own musical environment if nothing on the radio is suiting you. Facebook can keep you connected to the people you know 24/4 even on the go. Google, the worlds most powerful search engine, can now help you more efficiently locate businesses or ATMs en-route. A multitude of applications can now be loaded into your own App Garage, and the list is only growing bigger.
But enhancement of the Q50 experience is not limited to just the car itself . So much has been overhauled that the even the key has some thoughts of its own. The new Intelligent key system now stores seating positioning and heating, air conditioner settings, radio presets, drive type, and some lighting options. S0 the second you start the engine the car adapts around you. Not bad for something you routinely lose in the couch cushions.
The optional Infiniti Intelligent Cruise Control system allows your vehicle to keep a proper amount of distance between you and the car in front of you without having to touch the throttle. It's autopilot... awesome.
Predictive Forward Collision Warning solidifies this safety while Pre-Crash Tensioners in the seat belts are poised to keep passengers safely in their seat if an accident does occur. All-LED taillights further increase safety by lighting up quicker when you hit the brakes, meaning that the guy behind you has every extra fraction of a second to respond.
In fact, everything in the car is connected to everything. All of which eventually links to you. Creating an integrated driving experience like nothing before it. While that sounds like a lot to take in at once, there were only so many things we could cover in an article about a Q50's leaps an bounds over the original G37.
While the G37 is certainly no slouch, the new 2014 Infiniti Q50 is simply an astonishing vehicle. With upgrades in infotainment, styling, and performance it's in a league of it's own.