New Cars 2016: Infiniti



 


Infiniti to release its first premium compact crossover the Q30, a refreshed twin-turbo Q50 sedan, and the huge QX80 this year

What: Q30
When: Second half 2016
How much: $130,000 with COE for the 1.5 dCi (est.), $215,000 with COE for the Q30 S 2.0t AWD (est.)

Infiniti’s good-looking semi-crossover (it’s taller than a hatchback but not as lofty as a crossover) borrow heavily from Mercedes-Benz A-Class underpinnings, but manages to transcend them. It rides much better over bumps, and the cabin feels nicer, with more space for rear passengers. It’s a well-planted car that’s easy to drive fast, and the looks are sharp enough to turn heads. There’s a 2.0-litre turbo petrol with 211hp that’s quite pricey, so the volume burden will be on a 1.5-litre turbodiesel. If they get the pricing right, it could do wonders for Infiniti’s footprint in Singapore.


What: Q50 3.0t, Q50 Red Sport 400
When: Second half 2016
How much: TBA

The Q50 (basically, Infiniti’s offering for people who are sick of the BMW 3 Series) gets updated next year with revised Direct Adaptive Steering, the brand’s unique steer-by-wire system, and a new twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 with a hearty 300 horsepower and 400Nm of peak torque. Not hearty enough, you say? There’s the Red Sport 400, a version tuned for 400hp and 475Nm. The Q50 also gets suspension tweaks next year, and the cars will have six driving modes (one more than before): ‘Personal’ ‘Standard’, ‘Snow’, ‘Eco’, ‘Sport’, and ‘Sport+’, which is new.


What: QX80
When: January, 2016
How much: $375,000 with COE (est.)

Quite possibly the biggest thing to hit the Singapore Motor Show (literally), the QX80 is Infiniti’s mammoth SUV. It’s big enough to dwarf the Mercedes G-Wagen, at 5,290mm long and 2,047mm wide (against the Merc’s 4,662mm and 1,760mm). The Mercedes is taller than the 1,940mm-tall Infiniti by 11mm, but the QX80 does have plenty of room inside for seven seats (in 2+2+3 configuration). It also has a 5.7-litre V8 with 400 horsepower, which ought to be enough to haul its 2.8-tonne kerb weight around. Yee haw!

 

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