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Infiniti will be trying to tempt company car drivers from their German saloons when the Q50 goes on sale next month.

The SE Executive and Premium Executive derivatives will come packed with standard-fit kit aimed at, well, executives. Key feature is sat nav, something fleet drivers aren’t always allowed to select as an optional extra.

Of course, there’s no reason why private buyers shouldn’t be interested too – who wouldn’t like a slightly different from the norm premium car with features like sat nav for £29,870?

That’s for the SE Executive – a Premium Executive version can be bought for £33,470. This comes with such luxuries as heated leather seats as standard.

Powered by Infiniti’s 2.2-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine, the Q50 will be a spritely thing – thanks largely to a whopping 295lb ft of torque and 170hp. It’ll accelerate to 62mph in 8.5 seconds – although if you try this too much the combined MPG of 64.2 might take a hit.

The all-important CO2? 114g/km.

Of course, if you want a true executive car you’ll also want an auto ‘box. No problem: a self-shifter version can be bought for £31,420 or £35,020 for the SE Executive and Premium Executive respectively. Fuel consumption is increased to 58.9mpg for the auto, though (and CO2 rises by 10g/km).

The Executive is clearly aimed at the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Business Edition which retails at £29,810. We’ve already driven the Q50 on the launch event in Spain and the signs are promising. Will it be as good as the 3 Series to drive here in the UK? We look forward to finding out.