If Infiniti’s new naming convention for 2014 still has you scratching your head, don’t worry, you’re not alone. But regardless of what the models are called, some are coming up for a redesign, most notably the replacement for the G37 sedan, which will be henceforth called the Q50. But don’t let the numeric designation deceive you. Unlike current models, the number has no correlation to engine displacement. So don’t get overly-excited at the prospect of a V-8-powered midsizer.
Infiniti has released this brief teaser clip on YouTube of the 2014 Q50 sedan, scheduled to be revealed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show on January 14. All we know for certain from the video is that the headlamps will feature LED eyebrows and projector-beam surrounds, and that it will most likely be V-6 powered. How did we surmise the latter? Take a listen to the exhaust note. It’s definitely not the throaty baritone of a V-8, (which incidentally, Infiniti has said is largely on its way out within the brand’s future products) nor the buzz of a four-cylinder. It has the distinctive metallic growl of Nissan’s VQ family of V-6 engines. There’s a good possibility the Q50 may get direct-injection as well.
Automakers often take liberty with engine soundtracks in commercials, frequently substituting the uninspiring blat of a four-cylinder with the sexier tones of a six or eight, but we believe the Q50 will continue to be V-6-powered, like its predecessor.