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2015 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Preview

Pros: Not only is the Q50 one of the best-looking in the Infiniti lineup, but now it rocks a hybrid powertrain that’ll save you dollars at the pumps. Oh, and it’s only available in AWD guise here in the Great White North, and we have absolutely no problem with that. 

Cons: One available model means fewer options, and we all know how much people like options. That also means no price points to choose from either, just one rather large sticker that you’ll have to dish out the dollars for in order to own one. 

2015 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Price and Fuel Economy: As mentioned, the 2015 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is available in only one way in Canada, as an AWD and with a starting price of $49,500 (that’s $10,000 more than the non-hybrid Q50 AWD). However, we must keep in mind that Ontario and Quebec do (at the time of this writing) offer incentives up to a maximum of $8,500 for the purchase of hybrid/EV vehicles. 

For that extra 10 grand, you get to enjoy mileage numbers in the 8.7L/100km range in the city and 7.5L/100km on the highway. 

Powertrain: The 2015 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is equipped with a 3.5L V6 Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid engine that uses a lithium-ion battery and 50 kWh electric motor. Combined power rating sits at 360 horsepower and peak engine torque is 258 lb-ft, and 214 lb-ft for the electric motor. 

Power is sent to all four wheels, and Infiniti’s uber-cool Adaptive Steering is also standard on the Q50 Hybrid. An electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift control is standard, as is the Infiniti Drive Mode selector that lets the drive choose between Standard, Sport, Snow, Eco or Personal Mode (for a fully customized ride). 

Improvements and Changes: Since it’s “arrival” in 2013, and really it should just be called a renaming and perhaps a rebirth, the Q50 has seen little to no changes. And that’s fine with us -- for now. 

Cargo Capacity: The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid offers up 266L of trunk space. That’s 116L less than the regular gas-powered Q50 AWD, but you have to keep in mind this thing is carrying around a battery and an electric motor, as well. 

Safety: The 2015 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is equipped with all manner of safety features including all standard airbags and features such as Brake Assist, 4-wheel ABS, Blind Sport Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, etc. 

Comparing the 2015 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid: Audi A3 TDI, BMW ActiveHybrid3, Lexus CT200h, Acura ILX Hybrid.