If you are looking for a brand new redesigned Infiniti Q50, this isn’t the year. But Infiniti is giving its best-selling model a facelift for 2018. From the looks of it, it’s enough to keep the current generation model relevant before the all-new next-generation arrives.
Design and Trims
The 2018 Q50 is offered in two body styles and four trims.
The wow factor is definitely the top-of-the-line Red Sport 400 trim. The 400 stands for horsepower with its specially tuned 3.0-liter V6. To highlight the extra power are red stitching throughout the cabin, quilted inserts on the seats, and dark chrome dials on the dash. It also benefits in style with a slightly bolder front and rear bumpers. Rounding it all off are special 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with thinner spokes.
There are also Pure, Luxe, and Spot trims. They’re aren’t dramatic design changes, but if you squint at the headlights, you notice they’re more cat-eye than before. The front side air-vents are also sleeker. The new rear taillights take their cues from the Q60 design.
The 2018 Q50 also offers a new suite of driver-assistance tech. Namely, it’s the first Infiniti to offer Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous system.
It features adaptive cruise control and collision warning. Direct Adaptive Steering also gives the sedan better steering responsiveness. The system also moves the model one step closer to full autopilot, working with blind spot and lane departure systems.
On the inside, you’ll find even nicer upholstery than before. An InTouch Services update adds Infiniti’s newest in-car connectivity system. And Infiniti’s literally got your back. The seats benefit from ‘spinal support.’
Engine choices remain the same. First, the top 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo. After this, a base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. These get 300- and 208- horsepower each. There’s also the hybrid 3.5-liter DOHC V6 choice. Its V6 similarly rates 302-horses. Combining with the lithium-ion battery yields 360-horsepower. A choice of front- or all-wheel drive stays, too.
The 2018 Q50 will go on sale globally by the end of the summer.