The Infiniti Q50 was first previewed in Malaysia at the KLIMS13 show last year. It was later showcased at Aloft KL Sentral in April. Word at that point was that the Q50 was set to be launched sometime this year. We now have news that bookings are now open for the Q50, with an official launch slated for sometime towards late August or early September.
Three variants will be available here – an Infiniti Q50 2.0 Turbo with an estimated price of under RM250k, a Q50 2.0 Turbo Premium with added equipment, as well as range topping Q50 Hybrid Sport which will go for under RM400k. No official estimated price for the Q50 2.0 Turbo Premium for now.
Most will go for the 2.0 Turbo, which is powered by Mercedes-Benz. The Q50′s engine is derived from the unit currently in the W212 Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift. It even uses the same seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus gearbox as the Merc. In Infiniti’s tune, the 1,991 cc four-pot does 214 PS at 5,500 rpm and 320 Nm of torque from just 1,250 rpm to 3,500 rpm.
That power output is somewhere in between the F30’s 320i (184 hp, 270 Nm) and 328i (245 hp, 340 Nm) levels, but around the price of a 320i. We don’t know what kind of kit the Premium variant will have, but it shouldn’t push the price over RM300k. From what we understand, the Malaysian 2.0T won’t get the steer-by-wire system the Q50 is famous for, but the hybrid model will.
The top of the range hybrid’s 3.5 litre V6 does 302 hp and 350 Nm of torque, and is assisted by an electric motor that has 67 hp/270 Nm. We’ve tried the hybrid model in Malaysia and Anthony will be giving you his first impressions in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, you can read Jonathan’s take on the car from his short drive in the US.
Here are my own brief first impressions of the Malaysian spec car. The Q50 feels larger than its rivals, with a noticeably wider interior, and there seems to be more legroom as well. You won’t be getting Lexus ES levels of space, but compared to the traditional rear-wheel drive premium compact sedan in the RM200k to RM300k range, it will be less of an interior space sacrifice for a Nissan Teana buyer who’s upgrading.