The all-new luxury Infiniti Q50 sports sedan has launched with a $51,900 price tag, undercutting all of its established mid-size rivals.
The base price applies to the entry-level Infiniti Q50 2.2d GT, while sitting well above the diesel model is the top-shelf Infiniti Q50 Hybrid, which starts at $67,900.
The Q50’s launch pricing compares favourably with rival base models, including the Audi A4 (from $55,500), BMW 3 Series (from $52,300), Lexus IS250 (from $55,900) and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (from $59,900).
The Infiniti Q50 2.2d is powered by a Mercedes-Benz-sourced 125kW/400Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that sends drive to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission and claims combined cycle fuel consumption of 5.2 litres per 100km.
Billed as the performance model of the range, the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid marries a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 268kW and 546Nm, claiming 0-100km in 5.1 seconds and 6.8L/100km.
As well as GT spec, the Q50 2.2d is also offered in S and S Premium grades, priced from $57,900 and $61,900, respectively, while the Q50 Hybrid is only available in the latter two trims, with the top-spec S Premium AWD priced from $73,900.
Standard features of the Infiniti Q50 2.2d include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps and daytime running lights, intelligent key with smart access and memory settings, leather upholstery, electrically operated front seats, drive mode selector (Standard, Sport, Snow, and Personal modes), Infiniti’s ‘InTouch’ dual touchscreen displays with satellite navigation, digital radio, climate control with auto recirculation, and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming.
The Q50 S grade adds larger 18-inch alloys (19s on the Hybrid), sports front bumper, Direct Adaptive Steering with Active Lane Control, sports suspension and opposed-piston regenerative brakes (Hybrid only), magnesium-modified paddleshifters, moonroof, and a 14-speaker Bose audio system.
The flagship Q50 S Premium grade introduces a raft of safety technologies including active front lighting with high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance with emergency braking, blind spot warning and intervention, lane departure warning and lane departure prevention, reversing collision intervention, and 360-degree around-view camera-based monitoring system.
The 2.2d S Premium also upgrades to 19-inch alloys, while those that want more from their entry-level Q50 GT can add the enhancement pack for $3000, which adds a sunroof and 18-inch alloys.
CarAdvice is at the local launch of the Infiniti Q50 today. Stay tuned for our review, coming soon.
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