The popularity of Q50 is on the rise. If just for a moment look at sales in 2016 and compare them when Q50 was introduced in 2013, we can see a jump for 247%. Although it’s not in the big leagues yet like BMW 3-Series or Mercedes-Benz C-class, it surpassed the sale numbers of Audi A4. This is a result of constant updates that this luxury sedan is going through each year. Nissan’s luxury division wants to keep this positive trend, and 2018 Infiniti Q50 will also bring some updates. But this time they are subtle.
2018 Infiniti Q50 – Design Changes
The front fascia is just a little bit different. Designers revised bumper, and the air intakes are positioned lower. Grille now has a more three-dimensional look. The rear end carries more subtle changes than the front with the revised bumper. The rear end also carries more modern looking LED rear lights. And that’s about it.
2018 Infiniti Q50 – Interior Updates
On the inside, most noticeable will be the new steering wheel that is borrowed from Q60 Coupe. Other than that, there will also be nicer faux-leather materials. Those will be present on the dashboard. Aside from that, there will be new wood trim options. The weakest point of the Q50 is the infotainment system. It’s been criticized for lacking faster response while graphics are already outdated. According to the car maker, Infiniti InTouch system will get a software update, that is supposed to improve the user experience.
2018 Infiniti Q50 – Same Powertrains
Engine specification will remain the same, but that certainly isn’t bad, since Q50 comes with either inline 4-cylinder engine, V6 or hybrid version. The 2.0-liter turbo engine produces 208 horsepower, while the 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 produces 300 or even 400 horsepower if the buyer opts for Red Sport trim. Seven-speed automatic will remain as an only option, with AWD available for $2.000 extra across the whole lineup. The car maker will also rename the two lowest trims. For 2018 Infiniti Q50, the base will be known as Pure while Premium will go by the name Lux. The hybrid version comes with 3.5-liter V6 and in combination with electric motor produces 360 horsepower.
2018 Infiniti Q50 – Safety
As for the safety, 2018 Infiniti Q50 comes with a variety of passive and active features. But for the last two model years, the IIHS still hasn’t conducted small overlap crash test on Q50 model. This is the reason why this model hasn’t received Top Safety Pick+ award. And we say this because we strongly think that Q50 would receive “G” (good) rating in mentioned test. In all others, it did.
2018 Infiniti Q50 – Release Date
New 2018 Infiniti Q50 will be available in August 2017 with smaller adjustments to pricing. Although they bring only subtle changes, we think that Infiniti is on the right path to establishing itself high in luxury segment.