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The Mercedes-powered Q50 signals a new chapter for Infiniti

Published on Aug 16, 2014 7:16 PM

Infiniti, the luxury arm of Nissan Motor, has never quite enjoyed the same level of success as Toyota's Lexus.

Several factors are to blame. First and foremost, the manufacturer did not have a proper strategy when it launched the brand here back in the 1990s (a bit like Cadillac). Soon, the brand went away, with hardly any cars sold.

Then, when it returned three years ago (long after Lexus has established a strong presence), its line-up seemed tailored for the US market. The models had huge engines (such as the 5-litre FX50), American-centric styling and driving dynamics best suited to long, straight roads.

Also, the level of fit and finish, while commendable, were a tad lower than what folks here have come to expect of luxury marques.

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Price: $198,800 with COE

Engine: 1,991cc 16-valve inline-4 turbocharged

Transmission: Seven-speed automatic with manual override

Power: 208bhp at 5,500rpm

Torque: 350Nm at 1,250-3,500rpm

0-100kmh: 7.2 seconds

Top speed: 245kmh

Fuel consumption: 7.3 litres/100km

Agent: Wearnes Automotive