Infiniti Q50L Is Also "Coming With Length"

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Just weeks after Cadillac launched the ATS-L with their unfortunately composed tagline “ Coming With Length“, Infiniti has launched their own rival, the Q50L.

Rear seat space is a big deal in China, where having someone drive you around is a status symbol in itself. Long wheelbase variants of everything from the VW Passat to the BMW 5-Series are hot items, and Infiniti, which is looking to establish itself in China, is adding nearly two inches in wheelbase.

Power comes from a new Daimler-derived 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder making 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft, backed by a 7-speed automatic. Most significantly, the Q50L will be the first Chinese-built Infiniti.

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  • Jacob_coulter Jacob_coulter on Aug 20, 2014

    I've never understood why car makers are so stingy with rear leg room. The only thing I can think is that they're afraid it will cannibalize more expensive sedan sales? It can't be CAFE ratings, reconfiguring a car to have more legroom should give close if not identical fuel economy. I think 9 out of 10 people who buy a 4 door sedan would like to have more legroom even if it meant a smaller trunk. An extra 3 inches of rear legroom is a game changer, suddenly an SUV doesn't feel like a requirement if you have kids.

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    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Aug 21, 2014

      @Corey Lewis LOL I love that Seinfeld episode. Whenever they dealt with cars on there it always lead to brilliance. From using the Northstar system (technically not even correct, as they had a B-body Fleetwood), to the crazy Saab mechanic, smelly BMW, and crazy John Voigt.

  • Strippo Strippo on Aug 20, 2014

    What about girth? It makes a difference.

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Aug 20, 2014

      Car makers won't do anything about that. Extra width equals more weight, and even the narrow cars are porkers these days. Imagine what an 80 inch wide full sized car would weigh. The era of overstuffed sofas in the back is over. Just as buckets eliminated the six passenger car, narrower cars for weight savings have eliminated the five passenger car. And the fold down arm rest/cup holder in back has eliminated the third kid!

  • Burgersandbeer Burgersandbeer on Aug 21, 2014

    I think headroom is a much bigger problem than legroom. I don't think many people think of an E46 as a spacious car, yet at 6' I can easily sit behind myself without a legroom problem. Unfortuanately, I can feel my hair touching the roof, and it wouldn't take a major bump to hit my head on it. For a more modern example, the Buick Regal has plenty of legroom, yet someone 6' tall probably won't be happy with the headroom. Anyway, I would rather have the trunk space. Adults can suck it up for a short trip, or even up to a couple hours. How often are adults in the back seat for longer? If they are, how often are they returning on the same day? If you are spending the night, what's the point of fitting adults in the back seat if you can't take their luggage too?

    • Dan Dan on Aug 21, 2014

      This. The mileage mandated boat tailed roofline profile precludes putting tall people in the back of a car no matter how much leg space there is. It doesn't help that every other car now has a sunroof to steal another two inches off the top. I can see how we got here, I don't buy a car to sit in the back and nobody else does either, but if the market is no longer concerned with a usable back seat then where did all the coupes go?

  • DrGastro997 DrGastro997 on Aug 24, 2014

    That photo looks so much like the Altima. I never saw it that way until now.