The left-field choice gets some visual & technological upgrades for the new year.
Making its premiere at the ongoing Geneva motorshow, Infiniti has brought a revised Q50 luxury saloon to the fore, featuring more technological advancements and mild aesthetic revisions to see it through to the next generation.
There’s a revised grille up front, and updated taillight graphics to mark out the new car. The Sport & Sport 400 trim levels see the bumpers take on a more aggressive look, as fitting for more aggressive models. The Red Sport 400 tacks on a more prominent rear diffuser, black side mirrors, and bigger twin exhaust tips.
On the inside, the 2018 Q50 sees double-stitched leatherette trim around the instrument panel, a new steering wheel, the addition of chrome trim embellishments, and a new gearbox lever. The Red Sport 400 again gains unique treatments, with red stitching everywhere, dark chrome bits and pieces, and quilted-leather seats.
The biggest changes to the Q50 are the ones you can’t see. The facelift model now throws in technology under the ‘ProPilot’ autonomous driving moniker, which we first saw from Nissan. The ProPilot tech on the Q50 includes things like active lane-keeping aid, blind-spot monitoring, intelligent cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, and the ‘steer-by-wire’ system that Infiniti is known for.
The Q50’s trim lines have seen revisions, too. The ‘GT’ and ‘Premium’ monikers have been dropped, in favour of grading that starts at Pure, before rising to Luxe and Sport, and topped with the Red Sport 400. We expect to see the 2018 Infiniti Q50 on our shores before the end of this year, after it hits international forecourts in the second quarter.