Yet another mild update to the Q50 sedan

The Infiniti Q50 hit the market for the 2014 model year, and just two years later, Infiniti refreshed it for the 2016 model year. Well, instead of ushering in a new generation, Infiniti has decided to do another mild update for the 2018 model year, which includes a slightly different look outside, a revamped interior, and some new driver assistance features not previously available. Engine options include a 2.0-liter gasoline mill, a 2.2-liter turbodiesel, the 3.5-liter V-6, and a hybrid setup that combines a 3.5-liter V-6 and a 50-kW electric motor – giving the car a power output range of anywhere between 168 horsepower and 400 horsepower. The Q50 also makes use of Direct Adaptive Steering, a feature that Infiniti says is a “key building block to achieving fully-autonomous driving.” But, what is more important, is that each trim level will have its own stand-alone features and styling that will help it stand out in the lineup.

Roland Krueger, the President of Infiniti, said, “Infiniti seeks to empower our customers on their journey through their experience with us – whether it is our products, our technologies, our services, or simply a passion for driving. There is no better vehicle that incorporates all the elements of the Infiniti brand than the Q50 saloon.”

Now that the 2018 Infiniti Q5 has made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, we have lots to talk about, so let’s dive on in and take a closer look at it and how it compares to the competition.

Update 7/21/2017: Infiniti has announced pricing for the 2018 Infiniti Q50. It starts out at $34,200, a $150 increase over last year’s model, and increases to as much as $53,000 for the Red Sport 400 – an increase of $2,300 over last year’s model. Check out the prices section below for all of the details.

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Exterior

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So, since Infiniti decided to go with another facelift instead of a full revamp, there aren’t that many changes to the exterior, but there are a few to speak of. First, the hood and headlights carry over from the current model – that’s right; Infiniti didn’t even update the headlight units. But, the grille is actually new, even if you can’t spot the difference at first. Notice how the grille surround comes to a sharp, inward point an inch or so below the top of the grille? That’s new, as the current model’s grille surround features a more rounded point located an inch or two lower.

Down below that air dam has grown just a tad bit taller and wider. Instead of the bottom of the air dam being integrated into the front lip itself, this time, it’s part of the fascia and wraps around to the inside of the corner recesses, eventually turning into a stout bodyline that travels much higher up the fascia and divides the grille surround from the headlights.

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The hood and headlights carry over from the current model – that’s right; Infiniti didn’t even update the headlight units. But, the grille is actually new, even if you can’t spot the difference at first.

Below the air dam sits an insert that doubles as a front lip and curves upward into the insert that defines the outer and top edges of that corner recess. As such, those recesses now sit deeper in the fascia and have a much cleaner look than before. They get the same mesh as the air dam but feature a small circular fog light that’s now mounted right in the middle. The horizontal running light carries over, but is now angled slightly and sits a little higher.

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There are no noticeable changes to the side profile that I can notice aside from the window trim being finished in a gloss black that matches the finish of the side view mirrors. The same body lines, side skirts, and door handles all carryover. Around back, it’s the same general story, but the taillights have been updated to include a more modern look, while the odd chrome trim below the license plate recess has been left in 2016. The rear fascia no longer has those small reflectors in the corners, and the rear insert that surrounds the exhaust pipes is now primarily black with a small insert in the middle that gives the appearance of a diffuser. This is likely limited to the Red Sport 400 model, so expect the same rear fascia layout on lesser models.

The Competition

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When you consider the fact that the Q50 goes toe to toe with models like the BMW 3 Series (above) and the Mercedes C-Class (below), it’s not that surprising that Infiniti has been trying to keep the Q50 as fresh as possible. The Germans are a tough crowd to beat, and the design of the 3 Series proves exactly that.

Nowhere near as muscular as the Q50, the 3 Series basically draws that perfect line in the sand and is the definition of stylistic functionality. Up front, the nose is quite aggressive with the long, geometrically sound headlights and the kidney bean grilles. Down below, the fascia forms a bit of a smile with the air dam while providing enough character to keep things interesting. The hood and fenders are primarily smooth with just mild lines, but that’s a blended effect that makes the 3 Series so popular.

The side profile matches the smoothness and elegance of the hood with several mild lines and an overall smooth profile. It’s not something that makes you say “wow,” but you’re not going to look away is disgust either. Around back, the 3 Series takes a somewhat old-school approach. The taillights are split between the rear quarters and the decklid, while the rear fascia is relatively smooth save for a mild line that runs the full width and a boomerang-shaped line in each corner to help define the lower fascia. The exhaust outlets are positioned toward the middle but aren’t exactly considered to be centered, either.

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The Mercedes C-Class is currently in its fourth generation and is due for a mild facelift come 2018, but until then, the 2015 design is what’s on the table. Design-wise, the C-Class falls right in the middle of the Q50 and the BMW 3 Series.

Up front, it has a pronounced nose with that sexy Mercedes grille while the front fascia is all one piece and is shaped to create corner vents and the air dam that gives the car a smiling impression when looked at from the right angle. The hood is long but smooth, while the side profile is dominated by two sharp and angled body lines that run opposite of each other, with the two rear-most points being closer than the fronts.

The interesting thing about the C-Class, however, is the waistline that is curved upward ever so slightly in the middle – a feature that we normally don’t see on smaller luxury sedans like this. Around back, things are a little more intense than on the 3 Series. The rear decklid bubbles up at the tip to create a small lip of sorts, while the taillights sit down inside the rear quarters and have a generally rounded shape to them. Down below, the full-width body line wraps down to create a small void in each corner that serves as a tiny vent. The exhaust outlets are rectangular and are integrated into the rear fascia with a small, diffuser-like insert in between them. It’s a smooth design all of the way around.

All told, all three models look pretty damn good, but as far as looks go, it really depends on what you’re in to. If you want something more aggressive, you’ll probably want to go with the updated Q50, while those that are more interested in smooth looks and functionality will find themselves more at home with the 3 Series in their driveway. The C-Class falls right in the middle and gives you just the right blend of both, something that makes it a winner in my book.

Exterior Dimensions

BMW 3 Series Mercedes C-Class Infiniti Q50
Wheelbase (Inches) 110.6 111.8 112.2
Length (Inches) 182.5 184.5 188.3
Width (Inches) 71.3 71.3 71.8
Height (Inches) 56.3 56.8 56.8
Track Front/Rear (Inches) 60.3/61.9 61.5/60.9 60.8/61.6

Interior

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Infiniti is boasting the updated Q50 as a vehicle that has an “enhanced level of artistry and quality to the high-tech cabin.” What that really means is that Infiniti didn’t change too much inside. In fact, you’ll notice the same door trim panels and stitching layout, infotainment monitors, instrument cluster, and even the same center console. But, Infiniti did bring some new materials and a little bit of new design. The model you see here has quilted stitching on the side bolsters of the front seats. Infiniti claims it has used better materials for the 2018 model, which includes “leather-like” material on the dash that is double stitched. The model you see here has aluminum-look trim inserts, but the wooden veneers on models that are so equipped have been treated to have a more authentic appearance and feel.

The center console remains largely the same, but there is a new, performance-oriented shift knob with a leather boot that has been double stitched and is surrounded by new chrome trim. The same aluminum pedals, carry over, but Infiniti has added a new steering wheel that is similar to that found in the Q60 sports coupe. It has a smaller central hub/airbag, and a longer, thinner lower spoke that matches the aluminum trim on the doors and center console. The side spokes have been slimmed down as well and features more modern buttons for easier access and control – a nice touch. Red Sport 400 models, like the one you see above, also features red stitching throughout to help emphasize its special place in the lineup.

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In fact, you’ll notice the same door trim panels and stitching layout, infotainment monitors, instrument cluster, and even the same center console. But, Infiniti did bring some new materials and a little bit of new design.

The infotainment system is known as InTouch and features that eight-inch screen up top and seven-inch screen down below. The bottom screen is a touch display unit, while the upper unit is a basic LCD/VGA display. The upper screen displays most accessed apps, like the navigation system, for instance. The lower screen provides easy access to the rest of the system. The system allows you to customize your interior preferences and can store profiles for various drivers. No more adjusting the seat every time the wife drives. It also includes an easy entry and exit system that moves the seat and steering wheel automatically (based on the key used to access the vehicle) to make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle.

The sound system includes a 16-speaker Bose system that features a new architecture and high-performance components. Supposedly, it delivers an enhanced acoustic experience and surround sound from any audio source, be it USB, Bluetooth, CD, or radio.

The Competition

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The interior of the BMW 3 Series (above) is more refined in some aspects and more complex in others. For instance, the 3 Series only has one floating display that was updated this year to include BMW’s latest infotainment software. The design of the dash is multi-layered while the instrument cluster lacks a central TFT screen. The seats in the 3 Series are fairly supportive, but not quite as much as those in the Q50. The center console sits about as high, but the shifter knob in the 3 Series is shorter and a bit sportier. There are fewer trim inserts in the 3 Series, but you can find a few, specifically on the dash and on the center console around the infotainment control knob. Like the Q50, the center console in the 3 Series features two vents for rear passengers to keep things comfy, but the Q50 wins in the rear seat department as there is more support for passengers on in the outside seats.

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The interior of the C-class (above) could be considered a little more upscale than both the Q50 and the 3 Series. Like the Q50, the seats are supportive, and there are some wood veneers available on some models. The C-Class only has one screen, but it looks much better than that of the 3 Series thanks to a true, floating design. The instrument cluster does have a central display like the Q50 but just behind that sits a flat-bottom steering wheel – a sporty proposition not offered as standard on either the Q50 or the 3 Series.

The infotainment display in the C-Class is controlled by a mouse-like controller as standard, but that can be deleted if the option for a touch-pad controller is selected at the time of ordering. The rear of the C-Class offers ample support for passengers located in the rear seats, which also have a similar stitching pattern to the front seats. All told, the C-Class is a strong proposition, and the front of the cabin resembles that of higher-end models, which is a huge plus.

The Q50, 3 Series, and C-Class are all comfortable and relaxing to be in, so what it boils down to is what you’re looking for in your next ride. Do you want something with loads of technology? If so, the Q50 may be for you, just because it has those dual screens. If you want something more detailed and deliberate with a lot of specific styling, you may want to take a serious look at the Merc. Meanwhile, the 3 Series kind of falls in the middle – it has just the right mix of character without going overboard with excessive lines or trim elements.

Interior Dimensions

BMW 3 Series Mercedes C-Class Infiniti Q50
Headroom front/rear (Inches) 40.3/37.7 37.1/36.9 40.2/37.5
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 42.0/35.1 41.7/33.4 44.5/35.1
Shoulder room front/rear (Inches) 55.1/55.1 54.7/55.0 56.7/56.1
Trunk volume (cu ft) 13 12.6 13.2

Drivetrain

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As expected, Infiniti didn’t do anything in the drivetrain department as far as power delivery or technology goes. The 2.0-liter four-banger carries over with 208 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque available at a very early 1,250 rpm. There’s a 2.2-liter diesel that offers up 168 horsepower at 3,200 rpm and 295 pound-feet at 1,600 rpm. Then you’ve got the 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6 that delivers 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet in the 3.0t models or is tuned to deliver 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet in the Red Sport 400 models. Finally, the same powertrain carries over for the Q50 hybrid, which offers a total system output of 360 horsepower. Torque available from the engine is rated at 258 pound-feet while the electric motor supplies an additional 214 pound-feet. Shifting duties for all powertrain setups are handled by a seven-speed automatic that is adaptive and offers a manual mode with downshift rev matching.

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Infiniti didn’t do anything in the drivetrain department as far as power delivery or technology goes.

So, all the same powertrain options carry over unchanged, but there are some changes under the metal. First, the Dynamic Digital Suspension system is now aided by electronic and adaptive dampers that work in conjunction with the Direct Adaptive Steering System and drive model selection system to provide an optimal ride for about any situation. The front and rear stabilizer bars have also been improved and are said to offer a “flatter ride and greater agility.” All powertrain options can be selected with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive if you select the right trim level.

Infiniti Q50 2.0t Infiniti Q50 3.0t Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid
Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 cylinder 3.0-liter V-6 3.0-liter V-6 3.5-liter V-6
Horsepower 208 HP @ 5,500 RPM 300 HP @ 6,400 RPM 400 HP @ 6,400 RPM 302 HP @ 6,800 RPM
Torque 258 LB-FT @ 1,500 – 3,500 RPM 295 LB-FT @ 1,600 – 5,200 RPM 350 LB-FT @ 1,600 – 5,200 RPM 258 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM
Transmission 7-speed automatic w/Sport mode 7-speed automatic w/Sport mode 7-speed automatic w/Sport mode 7-speed automatic w/Sport mode
Electric motor - - - 67 HP @ 1,650 – 2,000 RPM
214 LB-FT @ 1,650 RPM
Weight 3,666 Lbs 3,662 Lbs 3,853 Lbs 3,922 Lbs
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 23/31/26 20/30/24 20/27/22 28/34/30

The Competition

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BMW 330e iPerformance engine.

The BMW 3 Series offers up a number of different trims that include the 320i, 328d, 340i, and the hybridized 330e iPerformance. Starting at the bottom rung, the 320i gets a 2.0-liter that’s good for just 180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. The 328d also gets a 2.0-liter that’s good for the same 180 horsepower but offers up 258 pound-feet of torque between 1,450 and 4,800 rpm. Moving further up the line to the 340i will get you a 3.0-liter inline-six that delivers a decent 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Finally, the 330e iPerformance offers up a 2.0-liter V-6 that’s mated with an 87-horsepower electric motor to create a total power output of 248 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. So, if power output is important to you, you’re almost always going to win with the Q50, unless you’re comparing the 3.0t and 340i, in which case Bimmer wins it, but not my much.

BMW 320i BMW 328d BMW 330i BMW 340i BMW 330e iPerformance
Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo Diesel inline 4-cylinder 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder 2.0-liter Twinpower Turbo inline 4-cylinder
Horsepower 180 HP @ 5,000 RPM 180 HP @ 4,000 RPM 248 HP @ 5,200 RPM 320 HP @ 5,500 RPM 180 HP @ 5,000–6,500 RPM
Torque 200 LB-FT @ 1,250 RPM 280 LB-FT @ 1,750-2,750 RPM 258 LB-FT @ 1,450-4,800 RPM 330 LB-FT @ 1,380–5,000 RPM 215 LB-FT @ 1,350–4,250 RPM
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Weight 3,295 Lbs 3,510 Lbs 3,501 Lbs 3,704 3,900 Lbs
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 23/35/28 31/43/36 23/34/27 21/32/25 -
0 to 60 mph 7.1 seconds 7.4 seconds 5.6 seconds 4.8 seconds 5.9 seconds
Top Speed 130 mph 130 mph 130 mph 130 mph 130 mph
Electric motor 76 HP @ 2,500 RPM
184 LB-FT @ 0–2,500 RPM
Total Range (miles) 350
MPGe Combined 71
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Mercedes-AMG C63 engine.

Moving over to the C-Class and it’s pretty much the same story, giving, the Q50 the upper hand in most cases. The lineup starts out with the C300. It gets a 2.0-liter four-banger that’s good for 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, which clearly beats out by the Q50 in horsepower but offers a bit more torque. But, here in the U.S., that’s the only option you get unless you want to pay significantly more and go with the C350e plug-in hybrid or one of the AMG models. The C350 uses the same 2.0-liter that’s paired with a 60-kW electric motor and battery to develop a combined output of 275 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, much less than that offered by Q50 hybrid. Moving up to the Mercedes-AMG C43 will get you a 3.0-liter V-6 that will take on the Q50 3.0t, but is more in line aesthetically with the Red Sport 400, which happens to have better output. With the C43, you’ll have 362 horsepower and 384 pound-feet on tap. To compete with the Red Sport 400, you’ll have to go with the $65,000 C63 that uses a 4.0-liter V-8 with 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet, clearly more than what any Q50 offers, but quite pricey as well. At least you’ll get a 4.0-second sprint to 60 mph, though.

All told, the Q50 gives you a better bang for your buck in the power delivery department, but it’s also hard to stray away from the brand loyalty associated with Mercedes and BMW. Be that as it may, the Q50 is a strong competitor and it’s worth checking out before signing on the dotted line with any of the German competitors.

Mercedes-Benz C300 Mercedes-Benz C350e Mercedes-AMG C43
Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0L Inline-4 Turbo Engine + 60kW Electric Motor 3.0-liter V-6 biturbo
Horsepower 241 HP @ 5,550 RPM 275 HP (combined) 362 HP @ 5,500-6,000 RPM
Torque 273 LB-FT @ 1,300-4,000 RPM 443 LB-FT (combined) 384 LB-FT @ 2,000-4,200 RPM
Transmission 7G-TRONIC 7-speed 7G-TRONIC 7-speed AMG-enhanced 9G-TRONIC 9-speed
Weight 3,417 Lbs 4,057 Lbs 3,759 Lbs
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 24/34/28 45/61 MPGe 20/28
0 to 60 mph 6.0 seconds 5.8 seconds 4.6 seconds
Top Speed 130 mph 130 mph 155 mph

Safety

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On the safety front, Infiniti is now packaging all of its driver assistance features under the ProPILOT Assist name. Roland Krueger, the President of Infiniti, said, “Infiniti has introduced a number of world-first innovations through the Q50 in recent years. As Infiniti’s best-selling model, the Q50 has always embodied our commitment to make driver-empowering technologies accessible to a large number of customers. The new model will let customers benefit from the latest advances in active safety with our ProPILOT Assist driver support technologies.”

So, Infiniti doesn’t want to replace the driver, but at the same time points out that the Direct Adaptive Steering system is the “building block for future autonomous drive development” – something that contradicts the idea that Infiniti doesn’t want to replace the driver. Either way, the ProPilot package now 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. Drive modes include “Personal,” “Standard,” “Snow,” “Eco,” “Sport,” and “Sport +.” Each of these adjusts the transmission, suspension, steering, and engine response accordingly.

Pricing

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Along with a new year, comes some trim level name changes and some pricing increases across the board. Starting out the lineup is the Q50 2.0t models. Available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, you can get it in two different forms – the 2.0t Pure and the 2.0t Luxe. They start out at $34,200 and $36,200, respectively. Add on an extra $2,000 on to those prices if you want the pull of all four wheels. Moving up to the 3.0t, there is only one variant, the Luxe, and it starts out at $38,950 with two-wheel drive or $40,950 in AWD form. Next up is the Q50 sport, which also comes in two-wheel or AWD, and starts out at $40,650 or $42,650. A hybrid Luxe is available in two-wheel or AWD and commands $50,600 or $52,600. Finally, the range-topping Red Sport 400 comes in at $51,000 in two-wheel drive or $53,000 in AWD form.

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These prices represent a mild increase for the lower trim levels, with the 2017 entry-level model coming in at $33,950 or $150 less than the 2018 model. However, it’s not that way across the board, as the Sport AWD, for instance, has dropped from $46,650 to $42,650 in AWD form. Meanwhile, the Red Sport 400 AWD has seen an increase of $2,300 – somewhat surprising, but not all that outlandish considering the current competition in this niche.

Model Engine/Drive MSRP
Q50 2.0t PURE 2.0-liter I4 Turbo / RWD $34,200 USD
Q50 2.0t PURE AWD 2.0-liter I4 Turbo / AWD $36,200 USD
Q50 2.0t LUXE 2.0-liter I4 Turbo / RWD $36,550 USD
Q50 2.0t LUXE AWD 2.0-liter I4 Turbo / AWD $38,550 USD
Q50 3.0t LUXE 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 300 hp / RWD $38,950 USD
Q50 3.0t LUXE AWD 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 300 hp / AWD $40,950 USD
Q50 SPORT 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 300 hp / RWD $40,650 USD
Q50 SPORT AWD 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 300 hp / AWD $42,650 USD
Q50 RED SPORT 400 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 400 hp / RWD $51,000 USD
Q50 RED SPORT 400 AWD 3.0-liter V6 Twin Turbo 400 hp / AWD $53,000 USD
Q50 Hybrid LUXE 3.5-liter V6 Hybrid / RWD $50,600 USD
Q50 Hybrid LUXE AWD 3.5-liter V6 Hybrid / AWD $52,600 USD

Another Option

Cadillac ATS

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I know it seems weird to compare models from Infiniti, BMW, and Mercedes, but in all reality, the ATS is right up there in style and functionality, if you can look past the basic GM design cues that the brand refuses to move away from. It’s been around since 2013 and went through a mild facelift for 2015.

By the time the new Q50 hits the market, it will probably be up for a generational shift, or at the very least, another facelift, but until then, it soldiers on with decent looks. It can be had with two-wheel or all-wheel drive and comes with either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 272 horsepower on tap or a 3.6-liter V-6 with 336 horsepower on tap.

Pricing starts out for the 2.0-liter Turbo at $34,595 and for the Turbo Luxury at $38,395. Next up is the 3.6-liter Premium Luxury at $43,995 and the Premium Performance at $46,995.

Read more about the Cadillac ATS here.

Conclusion

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So, what else is there to say about the “new Q50?” Well, it’s a little upsetting that Infiniti chose against ushering in a new generation and instead tried to boast a few new features that ultimately just come off as kind of lazy in most cases. But, the Q50 is still a strong proposition to the German competition and, in all honesty, you can’t knock the brand for not fixing something that isn’t necessarily broke. This mild update will keep the Q50 fresh through 2020, so if you’re interested in it, you’re going to be waiting a while if you’re hoping to wait for the next-gen model. What do you think about the updated Q50 this time around? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Press Release

INFINITI has enhanced the Q50 premium sports saloon, which makes its global debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.

The new Q50 features refreshed exterior and interior design, and innovative technologies designed to empower and support the driver.

“INFINITI seeks to empower our customers on their journey through their experience with us – whether it is our products, our technologies, our services, or simply a passion for driving. There is no better vehicle that incorporates all the elements of the INFINITI brand than the Q50 saloon.”

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Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI

The enhanced sports saloon retains its sleek proportions and athletic stance, while establishing greater visual differentiation between model versions, including the performance-inspired ‘Red Sport 400’. Through the Red Sport 400 grade, INFINITI’s designers have brought the model in line with its ‘designed to perform’ ethos.

Changes to the interior blend artistry with innovation, with stitching and the use of authentic materials further elevating the level of craftsmanship inside the Q50. The INFINITI InTouch Services bring the future of in-car connectivity to the interior, while the inclusion of the brand’s ‘spinal support’ seats ensures a comfortable space in which to spend time.

Innovative technologies empower and support the driver, while giving a glimpse into the automotive future. The Q50 is the first INFINITI vehicle to package all of the company’s driver support technologies under the Propel Assist banner (implemented in Europe as of model year ’19). ProPILOT is the platform upon which all future INFINITI autonomous drive support technologies will be based.

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The Q50 delivers an empowering and rewarding drive thanks to innovative powertrains, including the award-winning 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine from the new and exclusive ‘VR’ powertrain family, which was recently named on the prestigious 2017 Ward’s ‘10 Best Engines’ list.

The Q50 is INFINITI’s best-selling model. Since the first generation went on sale in 2013, INFINITI has sold close to 210,000 units worldwide. In 2016 INFINITI achieved more than 230,000 global sales – a 7% year-on-year increase and a new global sales record – with the Q50 sports sedan accounting for one third of the brand’s total.

The new model goes on sale globally from the second quarter of the 2017 calendar year.

More information on the new Q50, including images and video, is available at www.INFINITIpresspacks.com.

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New model grades pave the way for new design elements

New model grades offer INFINITI customers a choice of two exterior designs
Design of the Red Sport 400 model symbolises the performance potential of its 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine

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“With the new Q50 we are introducing new model grades, each offering their own look and character. Red Sport 400 in particular lets drivers express themselves with a more assertive design that clearly conveys the car’s performance potential.”

Francois Bancon, Vice President, Global Product Strategy, INFINITI

Coinciding with the refreshed look of the new Q50 is the introduction of a new grade structure (new grade structure in Europe as of model year 2019), which sees differentiation in the look of the range-topping sports grades. This has allowed INFINITI designers the opportunity to tailor different designs according to the attributes and character of the models within the range. The ‘Sport’ grade adds performance-focused exterior design, while further enhancements and the most powerful engine appear exclusively in the ‘Red Sport 400’ grade.

All versions benefit from an update to INFINITI’s signature double-arch grille, which creates a strong first impression. The grille’s three-dimensional, textural quality has been enhanced with a deeper detailing of the waved mesh-pattern surface and chrome surround. Rising from the double arch grille is a smooth and commanding character line, which flows energetically through the side of the body like a wave, creating a highly fluid profile – a trademark INFINITI look.

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Designers have also evolved INFINITI’s signature lighting at the front and rear of the car across all grades. The LED headlamps enhance INFINITI’s trademark ‘human-eye’ aspect, while new slimmer combination LED rear lamps, derived from the Q60 sports coupe, result in a more delicate appearance with a sharper light signature.

Further design changes at the front of the Q50 for Sport and Red Sport 400 model grades include a more angular front bumper and wider, lower air intakes – adding greater visual potency. Inspired by INFINITI’s ‘zero lift’ approach to aerodynamic efficiency, the new Q50 boasts a more prominent aerofoil at the base of the front bumper.

Design details specific to the Red Sport 400 model grade assert the new Q50’s performance credentials and add an aggressive, confident aura. With its 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine capable of generating 400 hp, INFINITI’s designers have sought to symbolise the performance potential of the Red Sport 400 in its appearance, bringing the car in line with the brand’s ‘designed to perform’ ethos.

The rear of the Red Sport 400 places more focus on the twin exhausts and rear diffuser with a two-tone paint finish – the body colour 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 confident look. Red Sport 400 models come equipped with 19-inch wheels – to contribute to a more aggressive stance, while also improving handling and traction under cornering and hard acceleration. The aluminium alloy wheels fitted to Red Sport 400 models also convey a more technical aspect in their design, with sharper, thinner spokes than those of the Sport model grade.

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Finely crafted, high-technology cabin

Curation of new materials create enhanced level of artistry and quality in the cabin
Driver-centric Red Sport 400 interior designed with performance in mind
Technology at its heart, with INFINITI InTouch Services and advanced I-key system

“The cabin of the Q50 has been created with human artistry in mind, enabling occupants to travel in style and comfort. The refreshed Q50 takes this artistry to a new level, with hand-worked materials giving a greater sense of craftsmanship than ever before.”

Alfonso Albaisa, Executive Design Director, INFINITI

Inside the new Q50, INFINITI has introduced an enhanced level of artistry and quality to the high-tech cabin, providing a comfortable and connected space. Furthermore, the creation of the new grade structure has enabled INFINITI designers to differentiate each model with its own unique interior character.

Greater levels of craftsmanship are central to the interior design modifications. In particular, leather-like materials now surround the instrument panel and are now finished with double stitching. These trims have been treated in such a way as to retain the fundamental character and feeling of the wood and its grain – the result is more authentic in appearance than more traditional ‘high gloss’ wooden veneers.

INFINITI designers have also incorporated the performance-inspired ethos of the new Q50 inside the cabin, derived from the Q60 sports coupe. A new steering wheel features moulded positions for the driver’s thumbs, and affords intuitive fingertip access to reshaped steering wheel-mounted gear-shifter paddles. A new performance-oriented leather shift knob – like the instrument panel, also bearing double-stitched seams – is surrounded by new chrome trim and features an inlaid INFINITI logo.

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The new Q50 interior features INFINITI’s hallmark ‘spinal support’ seats – carefully engineered to provide a consistent level of support and minimise pressure on lower and upper back muscles.

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 sporty yet simple dashboard dials with matte chrome finish. The adoption of more technical materials accentuate the car’s performance potential, such as aluminum with a patterned surface, matte dark chrome on the doors and a black headlining for a more focused and cocooned interior.

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At the heart of the centre console is INFINITI’s InTouch Services, bringing the future of in-car connectivity to the interior of the Q50. Unlike conventional interfaces, the Q50 has two touch-capacitive colour screens (LCD/VGA 8-inch upper and 7-inch lower). The system is designed to effortlessly synchronise car and driver – content and functions directed to the upper screen include the most frequently viewed applications, such as navigation, while other content is directed to the lower display screen for easy access.

InTouch allows occupants to personalise the interior environment of the Q50 according to their preferences, and can store profiles for multiple drivers, identified by their I-key (intelligent key). This includes an easy entry and exit assist system. Based on the profile detected on the I-key, the Q50 moves the driver’s seat to the most rearward position and the steering wheel up and out of the way for comfortable ingress or egress, before automatically returning both to the custom memory setting.

The Q50 features a 16-speaker, Bose® Performance Series sound system, with new architecture and high-performance components. Featuring advanced staging technology, the signal processing algorithm designed especially for this system delivers a precise, rich and nuanced acoustic experience for driver and passengers. Bose’s CentrePoint 2.0 software, the Q50’s audio system enables listeners to enjoy a surround-sound experience from any stereo source. It has been specifically engineered to meet the unique demands of reproducing surround sound in the saloon.

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New Q50 packages driver support technologies under ProPILOT Assist banner

New Q50 now offers driver support technologies in a new ProPILOT Assist package, empowering drivers rather than replacing them
ProPILOT Assist technologies underpinned by Direct Adaptive Steering system, a building block for future autonomous drive development

“INFINITI has introduced a number of world-first innovations through the Q50 in recent years. As INFINITI’s best-selling model, the Q50 has always embodied our commitment to make driver-empowering technologies accessible to a large number of customers. The new model will let customers benefit from the latest advances in active safety with our ProPILOT Assist driver support technologies.”Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI

The INFINITI Q50 sports saloon delivers an empowering and rewarding drive thanks to a range of innovative powertrains and next-generation technologies to enhance ride and handling.

New for 2017 (2018 for Europe), the Q50 becomes the first INFINITI vehicle to package all of the company’s driver support technologies under the ProPILOT Assist banner. ProPILOT is the platform upon which all future INFINITI autonomous drive technologies will be based.

Allowing drivers to retain ultimate control over their vehicle, the ProPILOT Assist function empowers drivers, giving confidence to them rather than replacing them. ProPILOT Assist supports more onerous driving tasks, like easy navigation in highway conditions or keeping track of the position of surrounding vehicles.

ProPILOT Assist in the new INFINITI 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.

INFINITI’s second-generation Direct Adaptive Steering is a steer-by-wire system that supports the driver by providing smooth operation, more direct steering responses and easy manoeuvrability. Direct Adaptive Steering is a precursor to future steering systems that will form a key building block on the way to achieving fully-autonomous driving.

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The system does away with mechanically linked parts, instead employing digital components to improve steering reactions and feedback. The electronic connection between components means reactions to driver input are instantaneous.

The new Direct Adaptive Steering system provides customisation options accessed through the Drive Mode Selector. Using controls on the centre console, the Drive Mode Selector allows the steering response to be selected from six available options: ‘Personal’, ‘Standard’, ‘Snow’, ‘Eco’, ‘Sport’, and ‘Sport+’. Standard mode is more akin to that of a conventional steering system.

The Q50 is the first INFINITI model to benefit from two generations of Direct Adaptive Steering, both in 2013, when the world’s first digital steering system was introduced, and in 2016, when an upgraded version was made available. The upgraded Direct Adaptive Steering system followed consultation with Q50 customers around the world, and after more than 625,000 miles of on-road testing.

ProPILOT Assist’s Active Lane Control system works with Direct Adaptive Steering to maximise safety on highways, activating automatically above 70 km/h (43.5 mph). It uses a camera system to detect the Q50’s position on the road and is able to prevent the Q50 from straying from its lane. It assumes momentary control of the Direct Adaptive Steering system to help the driver avoid a potential collision.

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Wide range of innovative powertrains and adaptive digital suspension

Award-winning 3.0-litrer V6 twin-turbo engine produces 400 hp for new Red Sport 400 model grade
Drivers can specify fully-customisable Dynamic Digital Suspension, with choice of rear-wheel or Intelligent All-Wheel drive

In addition to ProPILOT Assist and Direct Adaptive Steering, innovative engine, chassis and drivetrain technologies enable the Q50 sports saloon to deliver an empowering and rewarding drive.

The Q50 can be equipped with the award-winning 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine from the new ‘VR’ powertrain family. The new engine offers increased power and torque while maintaining high levels of efficiency, and has been named one of Ward’s ‘10 Best Engines’ for 2017 – one of the highest global accolades in engine technology development.

For the Red Sport 400 model grade, the high-output version of the power unit delivers 400 hp (298 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 475 Nm (350 lb-ft) maximum torque at 1,600-5,200 rpm.

Additional Q50 powertrain options include two four-cylinder engines – a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit, and a 2.2-litre direct-injection turbodiesel. The 2.0-litre gasoline engines produces 208 hp at 5,500 rpm, with 350 Nm peak torque from 1,250 rpm. The 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine produces 168 hp at 3,200 rpm, with peak torque of 400 Nm from 1,600 rpm.

The final powertrain option, powering the Hybrid Blue Sport model grade, is INFINITI’s Direct Response Hybrid® system, featuring a 3.5-litre 24-valve DOHC aluminium-alloy V6 and a compact laminated lithium-ion battery. The system’s V6 is rated at 302 hp and 350 Nm of torque, while the advanced 50 kW electric motor is rated at 67 hp and 290 Nm of torque. The hybrid system’s combined power output of 360 hp provides strong acceleration and lean fuel economy.

In 2016, the Q50 was the first INFINITI model to feature Dynamic Digital Suspension, combining enhanced ride comfort with direct handling responses and agility. Dynamic Digital Suspension is aided by new electronic and adaptive dampers, and – as with Direct Adaptive Steering – drivers can customise the settings through the Drive Mode Selector. As standard, the Q50 features independent multi-link suspension, now providing an improved balance between confident handling and a comfortable ride. The new Q50 benefits from revised front and rear stabiliser bars, improving the ability of the chassis to resist lateral suspension movement, resulting in a flatter ride and greater agility during cornering.

The Q50 can be configured with one of two drivetrain options – rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Launch schedule

The Q50 is produced at INFINITI’s manufacturing facility in Tochigi, Japan, and will go on sale across global markets from second quarter of the 2017 calendar year.

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