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Infiniti Q50 on sale in Australia from $51,900

January 16, 2014

Infiniti Australia has announced pricing details and local specifications for the new Infiniti Q50 mid-size premium sedan. It becomes the company’s new entry-level model.

Infiniti Q50

The Q50 is stepping into a very competitive and serious market sector, with popular rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class already dominating sales, along with the Audi A4 and perhaps more directly the Lexus IS sedan.

For Australia, the showroom will be filled with three different variant levels with two different powertrain options, including a turbo-diesel and a hybrid.

The entry-level model, the Q50 GT, comes with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder producing 125kW of power and 400Nm of torque. It’s backed up by a seven-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive.

Performance figures haven’t been mentioned for acceleration, but being a diesel, fuel economy is its key focus. It offers an average consumption rate of 5.2/100km.

Infiniti Q50-interior

Standard features for the GT include 17-inch alloy wheels, InTouch multimedia support with dual touch-screens, LED headlights, advanced climate control, a four-mode driving toggle (standard, snow, sport, personal), tyre pressuring monitoring, digital radio, and a leather upholstery.

Stepping up to the Q50 S, it can be powered by either the diesel as mentioned above or a 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 petrol engine combined with an electric hybrid system. The combined output of the hybrid is 268kW and 546Nm.

Using a seven-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive, acceleration from 0-100km/h comes up in a dashing 5.1 seconds with the hybrid. Despite the excellent performance fuel economy is also very good, with an average of just 6.8L/100km.

Standard features for the S, on top of anything offered in the GT, include 19-inch alloy wheels (18s for the 2.2d), direct-adaptive steering with active lane control, sports suspension, performance brakes, paddle shifters, a sunroof, and a BOSE 14-speaker premium stereo.

Infiniti Q50-side

Sitting at the top of the range is the Q50 S Premium. It’s offered with either the diesel or hybrid as in the S, only it comes with all-wheel drive which does hinder fuel economy slightly (7.2L/100km for the hybrid).

It also comes with adaptive cruise control with distance control, forward collision avoidance, lane departure prevention, active headlights, around-view monitor, and back-up collision prevention.

The new model will officially go on sale in February. It will be interesting to see how it does against the competitors, and by the looks of it, the impressive list of standard features should bode well.

See below for the full price list (excluding on-road costs):

Infiniti Q50 GT 2.2d – $51,900

Infiniti Q50 S 2.2d – $57,900
Infiniti Q50 S hybrid – $67,900

Infiniti Q50 S Premium 2.2d (AWD) – $61,900
Infiniti Q50 S Premium hybrid (AWD) – $73,900

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.