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Infiniti goes mainstream with Q50 2.0-litre

22.10.2014

INFINITI is here to stay, or at least that’s what I gathered at the launch of the new powertrain option within the Q50 range.

The brand made a big deal over the fact that they are growing locally and plan to introduce a number of new models in the next three years aimed at the premium segment and buyers who want something different.

New engine

The new motor the brand introduced at the launch is a Daimler turbocharged petrol engine, very much the same as the motor found in the Mercedes-Benz A and C-Class, which is now available in the Q50 and should become the range’s best seller.

Output figures from the four-cylinder turbo motor are 155kW/350Nm, which is sent to the rear wheels by a seven-speed automatic transmission. The engine itself works very well in the Q50 with very little lag and smooth delivery however, the gearbox does let the side down as it sometimes struggles to react fast enough.

Models

The Q50 2.0-litre petrol comes in two grades, namely the Sport and the Premium. The latter is the cheaper of the duo and comes with standard features such as a Stop/Start system, rear-view camera, drive mode selector,  Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, speed limiter, heated power mirrors, halogen auto-level headlights, LED front/rear fog lamps, parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, Infiniti InTouch dual touch screens, two USB slots, dual zone air conditioner, multi-function steering wheel, keyless entry, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, front heated seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, seven-speed automatic transmission and a tyre pressure monitoring system (warning).

The Sport model adds 18-inch alloy wheels, sports bumper, LED headlights and daytime running lights, aluminium trim and pedals, sport seats, electric rake and reach steering column adjustment, paddle shifters, heated exterior mirrors and welcome lighting. There’s certainly no shortage of kit inside and the pricing, combined with the specification, makes it a worthy competitor.

Options

For those who want a bit more, there are several packages available, such as the Multimedia pack, which adds navigation and Bose audio. The Welcome pack adds many of the features seen on the Sport model onto the Premium version, while the Visibility pack enhances vehicle lighting.

The Steering pack is another option, although I must admit, the direct adaptive steering does feel very vague, while things like the active lane control are useful. The Safety Shield pack is most probably the best package the brand offers as it contains intelligent cruise control, lane departure warning and prevention, blind-spot warning and intervention, forward emergency braking, predictive forward collision warning, distance control assist and back-up collision intervention.   

Verdict

The smaller capacity petrol Infiniti is perhaps the brand’s most sensible release to date. It should open the brand up to the larger premium saloon segment and competes against the mid-range BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class models repectively.

Pricing:

Infiniti Q50 2.0 Premium R430 000
Infiniti Q50 2.0 Sport R477 000

 

Article written by Autodealer
22.10.2014
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