This new long-wheelbase version of the Infiniti Q50 sedan called the Q50L is designed specifically for the Chinese market and will be the first Infiniti model to be produced in China. Production will start later this fall at a factory in Xiangyang in the Hubei province.
This move doesn’t come as too much of a surprise since Infiniti’s growth plan places a lot of importance on the Chinese market. The company hopes to make China its second biggest market after the U.S., and Infiniti headquarters recently moved to Hong Kong to solidify this commitment to global expansion.
The Infiniti Q50L has its wheelbase stretched 1.9 inches and measures 2.7 inches longer overall to make for greater rear legroom. Because of emissions regulations in China, the car is only offered with a Mercedes-Benz-supplied 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s also offered in the Q50 sold in Europe. This powertrain produces 211 hp and routes through a seven-speed automatic transmission. The Q50’s controversial Direct Adaptive Steering system is standard on all Q50L models, as are luxury features like the Bose sound system, the InTouch infotainment system, and some active safety features like lane keep assist.
Although Infiniti will be selling a long-wheelbase 2015 Infiniti Q70L sedan in the U.S., don’t expect to see the Q50L on our shores. This sedan is designated only for the Chinese market and will likely stay that way, as the company has no plans to produce the Q50L anywhere other than in China.