Lots of firsts here – Infiniti’s first time at KLIMS and therefore the first time it’s showing its new Q-badged line-up in Malaysia, plus, the car above is the first Infiniti to be Q-named and the first production car in the world to be ‘steered by wire’.
That’s right, the Infiniti Q50′s Direct Adaptive Steering relies on electronic signals to transmit steering inputs, with no mechanical involvement (not to be confused with electric power steering).
This makes possible Active Lane Control – using a rear-view mirror-mounted camera and pattern-recognition software, this system reads the road ahead and makes small steering adjustments to keep the car accurately within its lane.
The Lexus IS challenger is powered by a 328 hp/365 Nm 3.7 litre V6 that’s mated to a seven-speed auto which features Downshift Rev Matching and Adaptive Shift Control. There’s also Intelligent AWD and an InTouch dual-screen navigation system. The car on display at KLIMS13 is a US-market model.
We’re told to expect the Infiniti Q50 to be introduced in Malaysia during the second quarter of next year, but whether the 302 hp/350 Nm 3.5 litre V6 Hybrid (which will be sold in Japan as a Skyline) or a small turbocharged four-cylinder-engined variant will join the party is not known at this early juncture.
We also got word that the QX80 (yes, the gigantic Nissan Patrol Y62-related Infiniti QX!), with its 5.6 litre V8 and all of its 400 hp and 550 Nm of twist, could well be introduced in Malaysia.
Also at the stand are the Q70 sedan (ex-Infiniti M) and QX70 SUV (ex-Infiniti FX). The Q70 is offered with either a 218 hp/252 Nm 2.5 litre V6 or a 320 hp/360 Nm 3.7 litre V6. Transmission is handled by a seven-speed auto. The executive sedan comes with sports-tuned suspension and can be ordered with 20-inch aluminium alloys.
The QX70 only comes with the bigger V6, and this is also mated to a seven-speed auto. Fork out extra for the GT Premium package and you get Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning, Distance Control Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection and an 11-speaker Bose Premium Audio System with an eight-inch WVGA colour touch-screen.
The latest prices for Infiniti Malaysia’s current Q-badged range is as follows (OTR without insurance):
- Q60 3.7 V6 (ex-G Coupe) – RM415k
- Q70 2.5 V6 – RM320k, optional navigation RM3.5k
- Q70 3.7 V6 – RM425k
- Q70 Hybrid 3.5 V6 – RM499k
- QX50 2.5 V6 (ex-Infiniti EX) – RM311k, optional navigation RM3.5k
- QX50 3.7 V6 – RM380k, optional GT package RM15k
- QX70 3.7 V6 – RM435k, optional GT Premium package RM35k