Infiniti has unveiled a long-wheelbase version of its Q50 saloon aimed exclusively at the Chinese market.
The Infiniti Q50L has an extra 48mm added to the 2850mm wheelbase of the standard Q50, with most of the space given over to providing extra room for rear passengers. The car's overall length is 4852mm compared to the standard Q50's 4790mm.
The Q50L is powered by a 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which produces 208bhp and 258lb ft. It has a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Infiniti’s steer-by-wire system – Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) – is also featured.
Five trim levels will be offered – Comfort, Elegant, Sports, Luxury and Luxury Sports.
The Q50L will have its first public airing at the Chengdu motor show in China at the end of August, with deliveries commencing in November.
The Q50L is the first domestically produced Infiniti model for the important Chinese market. While the standard-wheelbase Q50 will continue being imported to the Chinese mainland market from the Tochigi factory in Japan, production of the Q50L will take place at the Xiangyang factory in Hubei province, which is set to become the fourth assembly plant for Infiniti vehicles globally.
Infiniti has enjoyed healthy growth in China, with 14,000 vehicles delivered in the first six months of 2014, representing year-on-year growth of 130 per cent.
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