Infiniti Australia introduced its updated Q50 range this week, with the premium mid-size sedan receiving a refreshed look and extra equipment, while diesel variants have been dropped and the entry-level price has increased by $1000.
Offered across three grades, the Q50 now starts at $54,900 before on-road costs in GT form, with mid-spec Sport Premium variants $500 dearer. The flagship Red Sport retains its $79,900 price.
Each grade now has its own distinct front and rear fascias, with Sport Premium variants featuring a sportier design compared to the GT, while the Red Sport has 'grey spear' front inserts and black rear highlights.
All facelifted Q50 variants have a restyled steering wheel and gear lever, as well as new alloy wheel designs – measuring 18 inches for the GT, and 19 inches for Sport Premium variants and the Red Sport, which also has dark chrome accents.
The GT now gets a digital speedo and Sport Premium variants have interior ambient lighting.
Standard safety and driver assist technologies now include 360-degree cameras, front and rear parking sensors, cross-traffic alert and active lane control.
Infiniti's 'Direct Adaptive Steering' enters its second generation, promising levels of feedback that are closer to a mechanical set-up. The driver can adjust steering settings via the Q50's various driving modes.
Four engines are available, with a 155kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit used by the GT and one Sport Premium variant.
Alternatively, the Sport Premium grade also has two 268kW/546Nm petrol-electric hybrid variants, with a 3.5-litre V6 and electric motor combination putting power down by either a rear- or all-wheel drive system.
A 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 is employed by a Sport Premium variant and the Red Sport, with the former producing 224kW/400Nm and the latter punching out 298kW/475Nm.