YOU’RE probably not alone if you looked at the old Infiniti Q50 and Q60 models and felt you needed an interpreter to figure out which one to buy. We did too. Thankfully, Infiniti has realised the error of its ways and pared back the model range to just the good stuff, ditching the underwhelming diesels in the process and giving prices a bit of a haircut.
There are now five Q50 sedans and two Q60 coupes to choose from and the trim/engine walk ups are a good deal more logical. Four-doors first. The Q50 range now opens at $54,900 with the 155kW/350Nm 2.0T Pure, which undercuts the 100kW/230Nm entry level BMW 318i and sends power to the rears via a seven-speed automatic.
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Should you fancy a little more grunt, the 3.0T Pure delivers a 224kW/400Nm serve, swapping out the inline four for a sweet twin-turbo V6 and carrying a $58,900 sticker price. That same engine is also offered in the $64,900 3.0T Sport and, in punchier 298kW/475Nm guise, in the range-topping 3.0T Red Sport, which has had $5000 lopped off its invoice, now weighing in at $74,990 before on-roads. The final model in the Q50 line up is the hybrid rear-drive Blue Sport, which combines a 3.5-litre V6 with an electric motor to the tune of 268kW/564Nm. Infiniti is asking $70,900 here, the old all-wheel drive model having been quietly deleted from global price lists.
There’s been a clear focus to improve equipment levels at the foot of the range, with the Pure models featuring kit like a surround-view monitor, active lane control, LED headlights with daytime running lamps, adaptive front lights with high-beam assist and pedestrian detection.
The Q60 range has come in for even more stringent editing. There are now just two models to choose from, the old GT trim having been consigned to history. The 2.0T Pure starts at $63,900 and gets the surround view monitor, adaptive front lighting and sunroof (a $1900 option on Q50 Pures) as standard. The 3.0T Red Sport caps the Q60 line up, a $4000 price cut landing it at $84,900 before on roads. It too gets a few extra toys, with forward collision warning, AEB, pedestrian detection, a surround view monitor and redesigned 20” alloys now on the standard equipment list.
2018 Infiniti Q50
Infiniti Q50 2.0T Pure $54,900
Infiniti Q50 3.0T Pure $58,900
Infiniti Q50 3.0T Sport $64,900
Infiniti Q50 HEV 2WD Blue Sport $70,900
Infiniti Q50 3.0T Red Sport $74,900
2018 Infiniti Q60
Infiniti Q60 2.0T Pure $63,900
Infiniti Q60 3.0T Red Sport $84,900