Infiniti has revealed the Q50L, the new long-wheelbase variant of its Q50 sports saloon. With a 48 mm longer wheelbase than the standard Q50, the Q50L has been designed specifically for China and will be offered exclusively there.
The Q50L is in keeping with the soon-to-launch (in the U.S. and Canada) updated Q70L long wheelbase saloon, a model which originated in the Chinese market in 2012.
The Q50L is also the first domestically produced Infiniti model for the growing 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 a major hub of reference for the Infiniti brand worldwide. Sales growth year-on-year for the first six months of 2014 reached 130%, or total deliveries of just over 14,000 vehicles.
The launch of the Q50L marks the next step in the company’s global growth plan underlining its determination to turn China into Infiniti’s second volume hub globally. At the core of the plan is a mix of global as well as dedicated regional models that expand the company’s portfolio while establishing a broader global manufacturing footprint.
With an overall length of 4852 mm and wheelbase stretched to 2898 mm, the Q50L is powered by Infiniti’s first 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder gas engine that is turbocharged to 208 bhp and 258 lb ft of torue. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode.
While the standard-wheelbase Q50 will continue being imported to the Chinese mainland market from the Tochigi factory in Japan, Infiniti says the fully Chinese-assembled Q50L is a direct answer to growing demand for its products in the region.
The Q50L will debut at the end of August at the Chengdu Motor Show. Deliveries are expected to start in the beginning of November.