Although its growth may be slow in Australia, Infiniti is determined to stay the course, launching an updated version of its best-selling Q50 sedan as a competitor to European prestige sedans like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series.
Revised styling leads the update, with subtle interior upgrades including a newly-designed steering wheel and gear selector, plus new alloy wheels designs.
As before the Q50 is available in three models grades: GT, Sport Premium, and Red Sport with a choice of either 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, 3.5-litre V6 hybrid, or a pair of twin-turbo V6 petrol engines available depending on grade.
The previous diesel Q50 has been dropped from the range.
Pricing starts at $54,900 (plus on-road costs) for the 2.0t GT, or $62,400 for the more upmarket Sport Premium. Engine outputs are rated at 155kW and 350Nm for the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which is sourced from Mercedes-Benz.
Standard GT Equipment includes leather seat trim, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, electrically adjustable steering column, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, auto lights and wipers, LED head and tail lights, and dual-screen infotainment with digital radio, Bluetooth, satellite navigation, and six-speaker audio.
The Sport Premium adds sports front seats with additional adjustment, interior ambient lighting, 19-inch alloy wheels (up from 18s), a sport-styled front bumper, and premium 16-speaker Bose audio.
Sport Premium is also available with either the 268kW/546Nm 3.5-litre V6 hybrid engine with a choice of rear or all wheel drive, or the 224kW/400Nm version of Infiniti’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 with rear wheel drive.
The flagship Red Sport uses a more powerful 298kW/475Nm 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine with extra equipment including quilted semi-aniline leather trim with contrasting read stitching, red brake calipers, a rear spoiler, and dark 19-inch alloy wheels.
All Q50 models include six airbags, electronic stability and traction control, active lane control, tyre pressure monitoring, and 360-degree camera. Sport Premium and Red Sport versions also add lane departure warning and prevention, blind spot monitoring, back-up collision intervention and forward collision warning with forward emergency braking.
Mechanically all versions utilise a seven-speed automatic transmission and Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering which replaces a mechanical steering linkage between driver and front wheels with a fully electronic system.
Sport Premium models feature sport-tuned suspension while the turbo V6 models feature Dynamic Digital Suspension - Infiniti’s branding for adaptive dampers.
Infiniti Q50 Pricing
2.0t GT - $54,900
2.0t Sport Premium - $62,400
3.5 hybrid Sport Premium RWD - $73,400
3.5 hybrid Sport Premium AWD - $75,400
3.0t Sport Premium - $70,400
3.0t Red Sport - $79,900
Manufacturer’s list price excluding on-road costs.