Infiniti has revealed the pricing and trim levels for its Q50 saloon ahead of its arrival in UK showrooms this September. The Q50 is a rival for the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, and replaces the G37 as part of Infiniti’s new model naming structure.
From launch, the Q50 will be available with a 2.2-litre diesel engine, starting from £27,950, or a 3.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid, starting from £40,000.
The diesel develops 168bhp and 400Nm of torque, returns 64.2 mpg and emits 114 g/km of CO2. The range-topping hybrid makes 359bhp, returns 45.6 mpg and emits 144 g/km of CO2. The Q50 will be available in both rear and four-wheel drive form. Infiniti claims a 0-62 time of 5.1 seconds for the hybrid.
The base-level Q50 is the SE model, which includes 17-inch alloys, and LED tail-lights, front fog lights and indicators. The Q50 also comes with Infiniti’s new InTouch infotainment system.
Other standard equipment includes Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, a rear view camera, and stop-start.
The next step up is the Premium grade, which, for an additional £2,400, adds heated leather-trimmed seats, upgraded interior trim, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
The flagship of the diesel range is the Sport, which starts at £32,720 (£2,370 over the Premium). The Sport adds 19-inch alloy wheels, and LED headlights and daytime running lights. It also features a more aggressive look to the front bumper, while the interior gets aluminium pedals and sport seats.
There will be five options packages available on the new Q50, including the usual multimedia, safety and comfort extras. But perhaps the most interesting is the £800 Steering Pack, which adds Direct Adaptive Steering and Active Lane Control, two steering systems meant to improve handling as well as lane safety. This package comes standard with the Sport trim.
Infiniti claims that the Direct Adaptive Steering is a “world’s first on a production car” and that the system uses “steer by wire” technology that has previously only been used in jet planes.
There will also be eight exterior paint finishes to choose from, and a metallic paint option is available for an extra £660.