In­finiti twins tempt with new fea­tures

Albany Extra - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

In­finiti has in­tro­duced new stan­dard fea­tures on its Q30 and QX30 ranges.

It has also re­duced the num­ber of vari­ants and given them dif­fer­ent model names. Just as im­por­tantly there are re­duced prices to help in­crease sales — which have been dis­ap­point­ingly low to date.

The In­finiti Q30 hatch comes in two just two vari­ants, down from five: an en­try-grade Q30 Pure and an up­per mid-spec Q30 Sport.

The pre­vi­ous QX30 range has been trimmed to just a sin­gle model, the QX30 Sport. The QX30 2.0 litre Turbo GT Pre­mium is now known sim­ply as the QX30 Sport.

The In­finiti Q30 2.0T Pure has a sporty grille and bumpers, black gloss mir­ror hous­ings, body-coloured side sill ex­ten­sions, and dark chrome dual ex­haust pipes.

It also fea­tures LED head­lights, high beam as­sist, adap­tive front­light­ing sys­tem, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion and a new-to-the-range rear view cam­era.

In­side are DAB dig­i­tal ra­dio, heated front seats, a multi-func­tion D-shaped leather-ac­cented steer­ing wheel and Al­can­tara/leatherette up­hol­stery, a 10-speaker Bose pre­mium au­dio sys­tem, au­to­matic dual-zone cli­mate con­trols with rear pas­sen­ger vents, driver and pas­sen­ger side seat mem­ory and leather-ac­cented fea­tures.

The Q30 2.0T Sport has an even wider range of crash avoid­ance fea­tures than the Pure: in­tel­li­gent cruise con­trol with speed lim­iter, in­tel­li­gent brake as­sist with dis­tance con­trol, blind spot warn­ing, front park­ing sen­sors, a 360 de­gree around view mon­i­tor with mov­ing ob­ject de­tec­tion and in­tel­li­gent park as­sist.

The QX30 2.0T has a new de­sign of 19-inch wheels, in­tel­li­gent all­wheel drive, off-road com­fort­tuned sus­pen­sion, com­fort seats with ad­justable head re­straints, satin chrome plated in­serts on the front and rear bumpers and satin chrome roof rails.

The en­try-model In­finiti Q30 Pure price is un­changed at $44,900 plus on-road costs. The mid-spec Q30 Sport been re­duced to $46,888 drive-away. In­finiti QX30 price has been dropped dra­mat­i­cally to $49,888 drive-away.

The In­finiti Q30 hatch, above, and QX30 SUV, below, are twins — with one stand­ing taller than the other and sport­ing all-wheel-drive.

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