Infiniti Q50 sports saloon revealed
BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 rival the Infiniti Q50 unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show.
The new Infiniti Q50 – previously known as the G saloon – has been unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show. It rivals the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, and will come with a range of small, UK-friendly petrol and diesel engines.
The Q50 is designed around soft shapes and curves, featuring intricate headlights and muscular rear wheelarches. There's a pronounced kink in the C-pillar and a set of twin exhaust pipes at the rear, too.
The interior is more spacious than the old G saloon and will be quieter on the move, thanks to a new active noise cancellation system, which drowns out road noise using the car's speakers.
The materials used inside are also far more luxurious and there's plenty of hi-tech equipment, including dual touchscreens. The most frequently used functions – such as sat-nav – get pride of place on the top screen, while lesser-used gadgets go on the lower screen.
Both screens can be used together to allow drivers and passengers to look at the navigation map on the top screen, for instance, while entering a new destination or searching for points of interest on the bottom screen.
The Infiniti Q50 was revealed in Detroit with a 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine and a 355bhp 3.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid. Those engines might go on sale in the UK, but Infiniti will also introduce more fuel-efficient four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines for UK models to help the brand compete against BMW and Audi.
Handling will be key, too, so the Q50 is fitted with special multi-link suspension, and can be ordered with standard dampers for more comfort, or sports dampers for better cornering. The steering can be made heavier and more responsive at the touch of a button, too.
There's no word on when exactly the Infiniti Q50 will make it to the UK, but it will probably be towards the end of the year, with prices starting from around £26,000.
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