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Andrew Maclean | Aug, 03 2018 | 0 Comments

Infiniti has re-jigged its Q50 and Q60 line-up, slashing the number of models on offer by half and reducing prices across the board.

Nissan's luxury arm hasn't found much traction in Australia yet against the likes of established brands such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW, but has introduced a raft of changes to its mid-sized contenders in a bid to make them more appealing and simpler to understand for customers.

Both the Q50 sedan and Q60 coupe line-ups have been chopped, but also re-aligned to better suit market demands with a new naming structure, new models with more gear and lowered prices.

The Q50, for starters, is now available in five variants (down from 10) thanks in part to the elimination of diesel-powered models. It starts at $54,900 (plus on-roads) for the entry-level Pure (which was previously called GT) powered by a 2.0-litre turbo charged four-cylinder engine, or $58,900 (plus on-roads) with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 - the first time the more powerful engine has been offered in base trim.

The mid-spec Sport (which used to be called Sport Premium) is offered exclusively with the V6 at $64,900 (plus on-roads) - a discount of $5500 - while the hybrid version is now called Blue Sport, comes with a rear-wheel drive configuration rather than all-wheel drive and costs from $70,900 (plus on-roads), which is $2500 cheaper than before.

The latter, Infiniti says, better reflects the step-up to the flagship Red Sport high-performance variant that now costs $5500 less than its predecessor at $74,900 (plus on-roads).

All variants come generously equipped with a 360-degree monitor, LED headlights with automatic high beams while Sport and Red Sport models add autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and blind spot monitoring.

The Mercedes-Benz-sourced 2.0-litre turbo charged petrol engine remains unchanged, producing 155kW and 350Nm, and drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 generates 224kW in Pure and Sport specifications and 298kW in the Red Sport, while the Hybrid has a 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated V6 and electric motor for a combined output of 268kW.

Similarly, Infiniti has reduced the Q60 coupe line-up from four to two variants, with just an entry-level Pure with the 2.0-litre turbo four cylinder and a range-topping Red Sport with the 298kW twin-turbo V6. The former now costs $1000 more, at $63,900 (plus on-roads), but comes with more equipment including the 360-degree monitor, adaptive LED lighting and a sunroof as standard, while the Red Sport has been discounted by $4000 to $84,900 (plus on-roads) and comes fitted with larger 20-inch alloys.

 

 
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