Infiniti will reveal its new Q50 at next week’s Geneva Motor Show and the manufacturer will be arriving in Switzerland in good spirits after racking up record global sales figures of 20,114 units in February.
It’s an incredible 21 per cent rise on the same period last year, and follows an equally successful January.
Roland Krueger, president of Infiniti Motor Company, said: “Following record sales in 2016 of more than 231,000 vehicles, it is gratifying to see that customers around the world continue to appreciate the design, performance and quality they expect from Infiniti.
“Our momentum is of course led by new products, with the QX30 and Q60 now on sale in key global markets. In addition, we are pleased to announce our expansion into New Zealand this year.”
The manufacturer is hopeful that the latest guise of its premium sports saloon will continue this trend.
Krueger continued: “The momentum continues next week when we unveil the new Q50 in Geneva. The Q50 is our best-selling vehicle globally and was the first production vehicle in the world to come with steer-by-wire, or Direct Adaptive Steering, a pre-requisite for autonomous drive functions.”
The new model will be unveiled at the Swiss Motor Show during the Infiniti press conference at 8.15am CET (7.15am UK time) on Tuesday.
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It boasts a refreshed interior and exterior design and features innovative, driver-focused technologies, which the Japanese carmaker claims ‘take a holistic approach to performance’.
It is the first model to implement all of the company’s driver support technologies in the ProPILOT Assist system, the platform upon which all future Infiniti autonomous technologies will be based.
The second generation of the steer-by-wire system is included in this package, offering smoother manoeuvres and more direct steering than the current model.
The Q50 is available with a host of innovative powertrains, including the award-winning 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine from Infiniti’s new ‘VR’ powertrain family.
It is unknown whether any new powertrains will be launched with the model.
By Laura Thomson