Infiniti‘s competitor to the venerable BMW 3 Series has arrived. The new Q50 has striking styling and a purportedly thrilling driving experience on its side. On the outside there is little doubt that the newcomer seizes attention. With its sharp creases and slippery shape it will stand out in the corporate parking lot.
Two engines do duty. First up is a 2.2-litre turbocharged-diesel (125kW and 400Nm) and performance-hungry buyers are catered for with a hybrid employing a 3.5-litre V6 engine and an electric motor (261kW and 536Nm) which thrusts the car to 100km/h in 5.1 seconds.
There are three model grades. The standard model at R399 000 boasts 17-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tyres, climate control, keyless-go, Bluetooth as well as leather-cloth combination upholstery. The dearer Premium model costs R429 000 and has additional niceties like full leather upholstery and heated front seats. Opt for the Q50 Sport for R474 000 and you get more aggressive exterior bits and on the inside, conveniences like power seats. The Q50 Sport Hybrid goes for R559 000 and the same model with all-wheel drive is R584 000.
Also part of the package across the board is the Infiniti InTouch interface; with a duo of touch-screens and voice recognition. There are various optional packages on offer. For R30 800 Infiniti will sell you the Multimedia Pack, comprising a navigation system and Bose audio. The Safety Shield Pack for R27 000 boasts adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot warning and forward collision warning. You can also have a Welcome Pack consisting of power seat and steering adjustment and welcome lighting, this costs R21 800.