Although the INFINITI Q50 Hybrid underwent its first refresh just a few years ago, the car is set to receive yet another update for the 2018 model year. These changes are a bit more minor than those that came previously, and include minor soft-part redesigns for the body, more-premium goodies inside, and a slightly tweaked chassis.
Take a quick glance and it’s easy to overlook the changes in store for the 2018 model. The front end will boast wider headlights that flow nearer to the grille, a new bumper with a restyling and a new air inlet, and refreshed fog light surrounds. Around back, new taillight graphics are all the hybrid model will gain in the new model year.
Inside, the general appearance is the same, but many of the details are new. These changes include double stitching, additional 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. There is also a new infotainment system with two touchscreens (8-inch on top and 7-inch on bottom).
Under its hood, the Q50 Hybrid will remain unchanged. It will carry on with the 3.5-liter V6 engine with 302 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque mated to an electric motor with 67 hp and 213 lb-ft of torque. This will bring the total system output to a clean and thrifty 360 hp.
The hybrid powertrain is unchanged, but the Q50 Hybrid will gain an upgraded suspension in the form of 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 Hybrid.
Expect a full review closer to launch.