Priced from £27,950
Order books have now opened for the new Infiniti Q50 with first deliveries expected in September. The Q50 2.2 diesel starts from £27,950 and has all the performance, it is capable of 0-62mph in less than nine seconds and goes on to a top speed of 143mph. Co2 emissions are less than 115g/km and economy is excellent returning approximately 64mpg. Complimenting the Q50 2.2 diesel is the Q50 3.5-litre; 364PS Direct Response Hybrid which is priced from £40,000, this version is capable of 0-62mph in only 5.3 seconds and returns 155g/km of Co2. It delivers this performance thanks to the direct application of electric boost to the drivetrain via an innovative twin clutch system. Fintan Knight, Vice President of Infiniti Europe, Middle East and Africa said “we believe this is the future of performance drivetrains, the Q50 Hybrid offers truly inspired performance and great efficiency.”
The new Infiniti Q50 also offers a distinctive new take on the technology front. The combination of fast-responding Direct Adaptive Steering the world’s first automotive steer-by-wire system and Direct Response Hybrid powertrain results in the most advanced dynamic package available in the segment. Both rear-wheel drive and intelligent all-wheel drive are available within the Q50 range. The interplay of handling technologies has been influenced by Formula One World Champion and Infiniti Director of Performance, Sebastian Vettel.
The entry level Infiniti Q50 2.2d comes very well equipped, standard features include Infiniti InTouch™ customisable digital environment with dual touch-screens; Infiniti Drive Mode Selector; engine stop-start; rear-view camera; Active Noise Control; Active Trace Control; dual-zone climate control; 17-inch alloy wheels; Scratch Shield paint; split folding rear-seat backrests and ski hatch; multifunction steering wheel; voice recognition system; and Bluetooth mobile connectivity and audio streaming. The interior has an emphasis on natural elegance, spacious rear passenger accommodation and the signature craftsmanship, attention to detail and premium materials that set every Infiniti apart.
The new Infiniti Q50 diesel could finally be a car that could take market share from the big German brands. This particular sector is dominated by BMW, Mercedes and AUDI. Infiniti President Johann de Nysschen said "if I had to pick one German saloon as a target, it would be the BMW 3-series. But the truth is that the Q50 should attract a more confident, successful and youthful buyer than the German rivals. Our buyers look for a car that reflects their individuality and difference; not one that's such a common badge of status and success.”