2017 Infiniti Q50 gets sportier touches and revamped safety

The updated 2017 Infiniti Q50 sports sedan has been unveiled at the Geneva motor show today, boasting refreshed exterior and interior design, new driver assist technology and new model grades.

The enhanced sports sedan retains its sleek proportions and athletic stance, while establishing greater visual differentiation between model versions, including the performance-inspired Red Sport 400.

Subtle tweaks to the design include the updated double-arch grille with a deeper detailing of the waved mesh-pattern surface and chrome surround as well as a more prominent aerofoil at the base of the front bumper. The headlights have evolved with Infiniti’s lighting signature while the slimmer taillights are derived from the Q60 sports coupe.

The Q50 for Sport and Red Sport 400 model get a more performance-focused design including a more angular front bumper and wider, lower air intakes. At the rear the Red Sport 400 places more focus on the twin exhausts and rear diffuser with a two-tone paint finish – the body color is accompanied by dark metallic trim around the base of the rear bumper. Door mirrors are finished in the same high-gloss black paint, adding to the car’s sporty look. Red Sport 400 models come equipped with 19-inch wheels.

Inside, the updated Q50 features improved materials, new trims and a new steering wheel. The Red Sport 400 model grade is further differentiated with red stitching throughout the cabin and quilted side inserts on the seats, as well as dashboard dials with matte chrome finish.

Along with the update, Infiniti has also launched ProPILOT – the company’s new suite of active safety systems. Assist in the new Q50 includes Direct Adaptive Steering, Active Lane Control, Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist, Backup Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Forward Emergency Braking, and Predictive Forward Collision Warning.

Five powertrain options are offered with the 2017 range, including an all-new 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol engine with direct injection in two states of tune. The high-output version of the power unit delivers 298kW (400hp) at 6,400 rpm and 475 Nm of torque at 1,600-5,200 rpm; while the 224kW version (at 6,400 rpm) produces 400 Nm of torque at 1,600-5,200 rpm.

Also available on the Q50 is a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit producing 155kW and 350Nm, and a 268kW hybrid powertrain which combines a 3.5-litre V6 and a compact laminated lithium-ion battery with an innovative one-motor, two-clutch control.

The new Q50 will also be available with the 2.2-litre direct-injection four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine producing 125kW and 400Nm.

All powertrains are matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and steering column mounted magnesium paddle shifters.

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 is produced in Japan, and will go on sale globally including Australia from second quarter of 2017.

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