Infiniti has revealed details of its updated Q50 sedan for 2016, including an all-new twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine.
Unlike the entry-level 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and the mid-spec 2.2 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel which are both borrowed from Mercedes-Benz, this new powerplant has been developed in-house and will likely go on to power other Infiniti models.
The turbo four-pot petrol (which gains a stop-start system for 2016) makes 155kW and 350Nm while the diesel is good for 125kW and 400Nm. Infiniti’s new twin-turbo V6 will produce 224kW and 400Nm, while a second version of the same engine will make 298kW and 475Nm.
The Japanese carmaker also offers a 268kW hybrid model in its Q50 range, with internal combustion power coming from a 3.5 litre petrol V6. All powerplants are matched with a seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
Besides the new engine, the 2016 Q50 will also bring the second generation Direct Adaptive Steering system along with Dynamic Digital Suspension.
Infiniti says the new steering system has been comprehensively modified over its predecessor, with changes driven by customer feedback and over one million kilometres of on-road testing.
The suspension system is a new feature for the Q50 and is accompanied by new rear suspension settings and revised front and rear stabiliser bars. Suspension is adjustable along with the steering and engine settings via Infiniti’s Drive Mode Selector.
Drive Mode Selector options include Standard, Snow, Eco, Personal, Sport and Sport Plus - which is new for 2016.
A new cross-wind assist feature works semi-autonomously with the new steering system to maintain lane position for the Q50, while other safety features are available in two ‘packs’ - Technology and Driver Assistance.
Outside, Q50 models with the new V6 engine also get a new 19-inch alloy wheel design along with unique exhaust tips.
Inside, features include two colour touchscreens (eight-inch top, seven-inch lower) with hand gesture control, and a new Premium Plus Pack including such options as auto dimming exterior mirrors, electronically adjustable steering wheel with memory and easy entry functions.
“The new Infiniti Q50 takes the core elements that have driven its global appeal to date, and now we have made it even better by offering a number of new and stand-out technologies,” Infiniti’s Francois Bancon said.
“With the upgraded Q50, we are furthering Infiniti’s position on innovation.”
The 2016 Infiniti Q50 goes on sale in Australia in the second half of next year, with local pricing and specifications still to be confirmed.
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