Infiniti’s popular Q50 sport sedan is taking a trip to the beauty parlor for 2018. There are a few subtle mid-cycle updates to keep things fresh until the next generation comes out. Infiniti’s global best-seller also comes with bundled semi-autonomous technology and new grade levels.
We’ll start with Infiniti’s new trim names: the base Pure, then Luxe, Sport and Red Sport 400. All grades offer the choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, with AWD priced at $2,000 across the board. There is also a Hybrid Luxe, it also offers AWD.
What’s most exciting about the 2018 model year, and worth the $1k more, are the upgrades to Infiniti’s ProPilot safety suite. The bundled suite of technology includes adaptive cruise control, collision warning, direct adaptive steering, blind spot and lane departure systems.
The other news is pricing. The base Q50 starts at $35,105 which is about $1 grand more than the 2017 model. But it quickly gets more expensive and the range-topper Red Sport 400 rear-wheel drive starts from $51,905. It definitely the looker of the bunch. The 400 stands for horsepower with a specially tuned 3.0-liter V6. There is unique red stitching throughout the cabin, quilted inserts on the seats, and dark chrome dials on the dash. The 2018 changes are most noticeable on this trim with bolder front and rear bumpers and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with thinner spokes.
The other trims receive more cat eye headlights on the exterior. They come with slightly less peppy engines. The Pure comes with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder good for 208-horsepower. The Luxe offers the choice of the 2.0-liter and a bump to a 3.0 V6 twin turbo with 300-horsepower. Sport gives uses the same V6 with the 300-hp tuning. The Luxe Hybrid’s power is a similar V6 combining with a lithium-ion battery for 360-horsepower.
The 2018 Infiniti Q50 arrives in dealerships in August.