2016 Infiniti Q50 sedan.
2016 Infiniti Q50 sedan.
2016 Infiniti Q50 sedan.
2016 Infiniti Q50 sedan.
2016 Infiniti Q50 sedan.
2016 Infiniti Q50 sedan.

 

By: IOL Motoring Staff

Infiniti's 2016 Q50, which is due later next year, might look familiar on the outside, but the 3-Series rival has a whole lot more to offer on the technological front.

First and foremost is a potent new 3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine option. The new motor features an advanced valve timing system powered by an electric motor as well as high-pressure direct injection.

It's available in two output levels: the most potent of the two pushes 298kW at 6400rpm and 475Nm from 1600 - 5200rpm while the tamer version is good for 224kW and 400Nm at the same rpm as the brawnier version.

As with Infiniti's four-cylinder and V6 hybrid engine options, the new sixer is mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

The 2016 upgrade also ushers in upgrades to the steering and chassis.

V6 models get Infiniti's second-generation Direct Adaptive digital steering system, which has been extensively retuned to offer improved feel and feedback.

Suspension settings have been revised too and the new V6 turbo model receives adaptive damping.

Local pricing and specs will be announced closer to launch.