The Infiniti Q50 sports sedan is getting a stylish makeover for 2018, with all three grades, including the GT, Sport Premium and range-topping Red Sport receiving a variety of interior and exterior enhancements.
Aimed at attracting new buyers to the brand and the Q50 nameplate, all grades have been personalised with new front and rear facia updates. Each is unique in its design, with the Sports Premium being sportier in look compared to the GT, while the Red Sport includes grey spear inserts at the front and black highlights at the back.
All three receive an updated steering wheel and gear lever, while each grade has a set of new wheels. The GT has newly designed 18 inch alloy wheels and the Sport Premium new 19 inch wheels as standard, while aggressive dark chrome features on the new Red Sport alloys.
The Sport Premium also now comes with interior ambient lighting.
But it is the Red Sport that has benefited the most. Its contemporary interior now includes red stitching throughout the cabin, semi-aniline quilted leather-appointed seats and improved seat foam density for a more supportive, comfortable ride.
Outside, the wheels stand out even more with the introduction of red brake calipers, there are new LED rear lights and the Q50 has a new paint option – Dynamic Sandstone Red.
The Infiniti Q50 comes with four engine choices, including a 2.0 litre petrol with 155kW of power and 350Nm of torque, two 3.0 litre twin–turbo V6 petrol alternatives, one with 224kW of power and 400Nm of torque, plus a more powerful 298kW/475NM option found in the Red Sport. There is also a 3.5 litre V6 hybrid that includes a compact 50kW electric motor partnered to a lithium-ion battery to produce a combined 268kW of power and 546Nm of torque.
Infiniti’s drive-by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering is now standard across the range, so are Dynamic Digital Suspension and 7-speed automatic transmission.
A precursor to future steering systems that form the building blocks to achieving fully autonomous driving, the Direct Adaptive Steering can be personalised to best suit the drivers preferences and has advanced levels of steering feel and feedback.
The Dynamic Digital Suspension provides the optimal blend of ride comfort, response and agility thanks to the electronically adjustable shock absorbers that allow the driver to shift between different settings via the Drive Mode Selector.
When it comes to safety, the Q50 is well appointed with Around View Monitor, Moving Object Detection, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Active Lane Control and the front and rear sonar system standard across the range.
Sports Premium and Red Sport grades also get Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking and Back-up Collision Intervention.
2018 Infiniti Q50 line-up and pricing
|Infiniti Q50 Pricing (excludig on-roads)|
|Q50 2.0t GT||$54,900|
|Q50 2.0t GT (with sunroof)||$56,890|
|Q50 2.0t Sport Premium||$62,400|
|Q50 3.5t Hybrid Sport Premium||RWD||$73,400|
|Q50 3.5t Hybrid Sport Premium||AWD||$75,400|
|Q50 3.0t Sport Premium||$70,400|
|Q50 3.0t Red Sport||$79,900|