The INFINITI Q50 received a complete refresh for 2016. Now, with just a little more than a year under its belt, it is undergoing another, albeit more minor, update in preparation for the 2018 model year. These changes include minor soft-part redesigns for the body, more-premium goodies inside, and a slightly tweaked chassis.
The changes to the 2018 Q50 will be easy to overlook at a quick glance, but a close look will reveal all. Up front, the headlights will be wider and closer to the grille, the bumper will get a light restyling that includes a new air inlet, and the fog light surrounds will be new. The rear end will gain a new bumper with a diffuser-like insert and new tailpipes on the Red Sport 400 model.
Inside, the basic looks will carry on without major changes, but the details will see a handful of modifications. These changes include double stitching, more premium materials, a new steering wheel with molded positions for the driver’s thumbs, reshaped shifter paddles, a sportier leather shift knob, and new “spinal support” seats.
The Red Sport 400 model will gain quilted side inserts on the seats, red stitching, dashboard dials with a dark-chrome finish, and more. There is also a newly available infotainment system with two touchscreens (8-inch on top and 7-inch on bottom).
Under its hood, the Q50 will remain unchanged. The base model will continue with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The next step will be the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 300 hp. Topping the range will be the 3.0-liter V6 in the Red Sport 400 with 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.
Though the engines will be unchanged, INFINITI will upgrade the suspension with gain new front and rear stabilizer bars for reduced lean in the corners.
The 2017 INFINITI Q50 is just one “Good” rating in the small-overlap away from a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the IIHS – it hasn’t completed this test yet. In 2018, we expect the same ratings, and more, as INFINITI will add its new ProPILOT driver-assistance package to the Q50.
Expect a full review closer to launch.