IN BRIEF

LEXUS, LOOK OUT

INFINITI Australia will lob an all-new version of its sexy medium coupe into its small local roster later in 2016.

Based on the Q50 sedan, the rear-drive Q60 will be available with a new twin-turbo 3.0-litre six-potter in two tunes (224kW and 298kW), along with a 155kW turbo four. Just one tranny – a traditional sevenspeed auto – will be offered.

Local specs for the all-new Q60 are yet to be locked down, but we’d be surprised to see the four-potter make the trip when the car debuts in the last quarter of 2016.

MANIC MONDEO NOT FOR OZ

DESPITE Ford showing off a 240kW twin-turbo V6-powered version of the Mondeo at Detroit – known in the US as the Fusion V6 Sport – its local arm has no plans to bring a stove-hot version of the midsized sedan to market here.

The US-made Fusion is a virtual twin of the Mondeo, but the Sport’s engine and chassis tweaks – including fancy dampers – aren’t slated for Australian consumption.

Locally, the range is topped by a 177kW version of Ford’s 2.0- litre Ecoboost turbo four. An XR5 version was discontinued in 2011.