INFINITI Q50 SEDAN
UPDATE: Infiniti has released a gallery of new on-road images. Article updated with new photos.
The Q50 is also the first new model to carry Infiniti's restyled Q branding, with Q60 Coupe and Convertible models set to replace the current G two-door models in the near future.
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The Q50 evolves Infiniti's hooked lighting design, while the back-end shows long tail-lights stretching into the rear quarter panels.
The theme continues into the cabin, with the Q50 evolving the brand's current dash design, but new is a two-screen centre display.
Engine options include a revised version of Nissan's 245kW 3.7 litre V6, along with a new hybrid model that will pair a 220kW 3.5 litre V6 with a 50kW electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is rated at 263kW.
Both models will feature a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, along with a choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive.
Other engines will join the range later, and a four-cylinder engine, sourced from development partner Mercedes-Benz, is also reported to be planned for some markets - likely replacing the 2.5 V6 in the current G25.
The Q50 will also feature a world-first 'steer-by-wire' system, dubbed Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering, as an option.
The system features electronically controlled actuators at the front wheels, doing away with the conventional mechanical system. Infiniti promises faster steering, and a greater range of customisation to suit driver tastes.
Watch for more details on the Q50's Australian specifications as it nears its local launch later this year.