Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

NewYear Brings Fresh New Looks

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

NewYear Brings Fresh New Looks

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Byline: Steve Hughes

NISSAN Infiniti has announced the latest landmark in the gradual development of what will eventually become one of the most important players in the highly-lucrative executive car market.

It is the precursor to full-scale production in the North East following a multi-million-pound investment that will create many new jobs and spawn a completely new model range for the luxury arm of car giant Nissan.

This latest development is the announcement of a new entryversion of the super-luxury Q70 diesel range, with lower prices from just PS32,650.

To make the cars even more attractive in the face of crippling competition from German rivals such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, the new Infiniti Q70 range gains extra equipment including full LED front and rear lighting and a sharper new family look.

The upgraded line-up, which is on sale here from January, starts with the new Q70 2.2d model, powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine developed as part of Infiniti's strategic co-operation with Daimler.

Mated to a standard seven-speed Turn to Page 2 From Page 1 automatic transmission with available paddleshift, the new 2.2 diesel unit in the Q70 emits just 129g/km of CO2 while offering impressive performance thanks to 170bhp of power and a generous 400Nm of torque.

Replacing the 3.0-litre V6 diesel, the new Q70 Premium 2.2d is priced from PS32,650. It comes as standard with full LED headlights, chromed accents on the front grille, a rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, with standard Connectiviti+ navigation, 18in wheels and leather seats with ventilation.

It is expected that the more attractive pricing for such a large premium saloon endowed with impressive technology and equipment will make the new Q70 2.2d model the most popular Q70 variant in the UK market.

Another version in the new line-up is the Sport, with a more expressive look to the front, uprated brakes and 20in wheels, among other changes. …

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