Officially on sale from October 1, the Q50 2.0T joins the range with a starting price of $50,900 plus on-roads.
The new variant’s debut reduces the cost of entry into the petrol line-up significantly: the diesel Q50 is priced close at $51,900, but the most affordable petrol offering was previously the $67,900 Q50 S 3.5 Hybrid.
Revealed around this time last year, the Q50 2.0T is powered by a four-cylinder Mercedes-developed engine (under the Nissan/Renault and Daimler AG alliance) that delivers 155kW at 5500rpm and 350Nm at 1250-3500rpm.
Globally, the 2.0 Turbo replaces the now discontinued 2.5 litre V6 model that was not offered in Australia.
The four-cylinder petrol engine sends power to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new Mercedes C 200, the most expensive option in this comparison at $60,900, offers 135kW and 300Nm.
The Q50’s Japanese rival, the Lexus IS, offers a naturally-aspirated 153kW/252Nm 2.5 litre V6 at the entry end, priced from $55,900. (A turbo IS 200t model is expected to appear in 2015.)
But except for the IS 2.5’s 9.2 l/100km, the Q50 is outdone by its rivals for thirstiness: the Infiniti lists consumption at 7.3 l/100km, while none of the Germans list fuel figures above 7.0 l/100km.
For buyers, then, the Q50 2.0T may prove to be something of a ‘power at the pedal over penny-pinching at the pump’ proposition.
But, as the Q50 2.0T’s higher fuel figures keep it from entering below the luxury car tax's 7.0 l/100km environmental threshold - a fact that will result in higher on-road costs.
(Infiniti is also running promotional drive-away pricing until the end of December, which sees the Q50 2.0T GT on the road at $55,900.)
As with other models in the range, the Q50 2.0T is offered in three trims: entry GT, mid-spec S and the top S Premium.
All are well-specified offerings, easily matching - and in some cases bettering - the standard kit of the model’s direct rivals.
In GT form, the Q50 2.0T’s features include 17-inch alloy wheels, leather appointed seats, two touchscreen displays with DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation with traffic alerts, reversing camera and Bluetooth calling and audio connectivity.
There’s also LED headlights with LED daytime lamps, climate control, powered front seat adjustment, memory settings for the driver’s seat, tyre pressure monitoring, and a smart key for entry and push-button ignition.
The GT can also be had with a $3000 Enhancement Pack that adds a powered sunroof and 18-inch alloys.
Moving up to the $56,900 S grade adds the 18-inch alloys as standard, a sports front bumper design, Direct-Adaptive Steering, paddle shifters, electric sunroof, Bose 14-speaker audio, and Active Lane Control.
Standard with the top S Premium, at $60,500, are 19-inch light alloys and a host of safety extras that include radar cruise control and distance alert, forward collision avoidance with emergency braking, lane departure alert and prevention, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, active high beams and a surround-view camera for parking visibility.
For more on the Q50 range, see our links below.
- Q50 2.0T GT - $50,900 plus on-roads ($55,900 drive-away)
- Q50 2.0T S - $56,900 ($63,147)
- Q50 2.0T S Premium - $60,500 ($67,347)
- Q50 2.2d GT - $51,900 ($56,809)
- Q50 2.2d S - $57,900 ($64,197)
- Q50 2.2d S Premium - $61,900 ($68,397)
- Q50 Hybrid S - $67,900 ($74,597)
- Q50 S Premium AWD - $73,900 ($81,787)