2018 INFINITI Q50 sports sedan
Q50 receives a considerable update for 2018, pushing the limits of
sedan styling, with a refreshed interior and exterior appearance.
grade naming, upgraded package content and naming, and one new
exterior color coincide with the new look.
The Q50 is
available in 2.0t Pure and 2.0t Luxe; Hybrid Luxe; 3.0t Luxe, 3.0t
Sport, and Red Sport 400 versions, all with a choice of rear- or
model prices ranges from $34,200 for a basic 2.0t Pure to $51,000
for a Red Sport 400. The Hybrid Luxe model is $50,600. All-wheel
drive adds $2,000 and is available on all trims.
There are 10
exterior colors offered, depending on the trim chosen – Midnight
Black, Liquid Platinum, Graphite Shadow, Black Obsidian, Dynamic
Sunstone Red, Majestic White, Pure White, Hagane Blue, Iridium Blue,
and new Mocha Almond.
the expressive illumination of the multi-mode jeweled LED headlights
with signature LED daytime running lights, following the dynamic
arch profile toward the rear, including the crescent-cut
"C" pillar, the Q50’s side styling evokes motion and a
feeling of space, while allowing rear passengers greater visibility.
headlights feature a "lowered eyelid" look – fierce,
almost sinister. Deep wavelike creases extend back from the upper
edge of the revised signature double-arch grille (black cascade with
chrome surround), along the hood to the "A" pillar, adding
to the powerful, dynamic feel.
front fascia, with deep-set fog lights topped by horizontal LED turn
signal lights surrounded by dark metallic painted accents,
contributes to the dramatic stance and aerodynamic profile.
paint continues on the revised rear fascia surrounding dual
chrome-tipped exhaust outlets, bringing the dramatic exterior
fenders flare, the rear flowing up to the top edge of the extended
wrap-around LED rear combination lights, giving the Q50 a
broad-shouldered, low athletic stance – low for sticking to the
ground, wide for commanding attention.
features include a power sliding and tilting tinted-glass sunroof;
power, heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals; body-color door
handles with chrome accents, touch unlock, and welcome lighting;
advanced aerodynamic design with zero front and rear lift concept;
aluminum front doorsill kick plates with Infiniti logo; rain-sensing
wipers; and auto-dimming inside mirror with universal garage/gate
My Q50 Sport
was Liquid Platinum with a Graphite interior featuring textured
Kacchu aluminum trim on the upper door panels (above diagonally
quilted soft-touch panels) and the center console/center stack.
Kacchu subtly textured aluminum is inspired by traditional Samurai
armaments, usually made of leather, bronze, and iron.
twin-turbo V-6 delivered 300 horsepower through a seven-speed
electronically controlled automatic transmission with Downshift Rev
Matching, manual shift mode, and Adaptive Shift Control.
Performance Package ($1,500) brought steering-wheel-mounted
magnesium paddle shifters – previously column-mounted – along
with Sport brakes with silver painted calipers (four pistons in the
front, two in the rear), upgraded rotors, and the Dynamic Digital
electronically adjustable shock absorber system monitors body roll,
pitch and bounce rate, adjusting accordingly for a flat, stable,
A Drive Mode
Selector on the center console offered Sport/Sport-plus, Standard,
Eco, Snow, and Personal settings to optimize ride comfort, response,
and agility according to the driver’s wishes.
Vehicle Dynamic Control with Active Trace Control adjusted braking
and engine torque to help enhance cornering feel by keeping the
vehicle on the projected track.
19-inch wheels had five trident spokes with silver-painted machined
fronts and dark gray painted sides and pockets, wearing summer
My Q50 Sport
had a more angular front bumper and wider, lower air intakes, and a
more prominent airfoil below the front bumper.
Package ($2,500) brought Infiniti InTouch Navigation with voice
recognition, lane guidance and 3-D building graphics; InTouch
Services access (three-month complimentary service); SiriusXM
Traffic information; heated front seats and steering wheel; 60/40
split-fold-down rear seat; and, remote engine start.
Services digital alerts and remote services provide a direct link to
personal security, convenience and confidence, with two available
packages, requiring a subscription and compatible smartphone.
package includes Connection Skill with Amazon Alexa, remote door
lock/unlock and more. The other package contains all the basic
features plus collision notification, emergency call, roadside
assistance, remote start, Google Send to Car and much more.
InTouch used a
dual display system with an eight-inch upper screen and a seven-inch
InTuition is a fully customizable digital environment for audio,
climate control, and navigation settings stored in each Infiniti
Intelligent Key. The Intelligent Key also has a remote window-open
function and a backup slot to start the vehicle if the key-fob
battery is depleted.
The Q50 has a
high-tech cabin, with a comfortable and connected driver-centered
layout. The new grade structure enabled designers to distinguish
each model with a unique interior character.
Hands-free Phone (with text-messaging assistant) and Streaming Audio
were standard. SiriusXM Travel Link comes with four-year
complimentary access to weather, fuel prices, stocks, sports and
movie times. SiriusXM radio access is complimentary for three
months, then requires a subscription.
leather seats and steering wheel, dash, console, sport-oriented
leather shift knob, and armrests had new unique contrast stitching.
Both eight-way power front Sport seats had manual thigh extensions,
and the driver’s seat had power lumbar and side bolsters.
A new steering
wheel had molded positions for the driver’s thumbs.
Aluminum-accented pedals are standard for the Q50 Sport.
My Q50 Sport
had a Sensory Package ($2,650), which included the Bose Performance
Series 16-speaker audio system with Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound;
dual-occupant memory for the driver’s seat, steering column, and
outside mirrors; an Advanced Climate Control System; and
auto-dimming outside mirrors. ACC cleans the air inside, and helps
prevent germs and allergens from entering.
Package ($1,650) had Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert,
Backup Collision Intervention (it stopped me as I backed out of a
space in a very busy parking lot), Around View Monitor with Moving
Object Detection, front and rear sonar system, Predictive Forward
Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking (they combine to avoid
collision, helpful on a winding country road with hidden driveways
and blind curves).
Kick Plates with Infiniti logo added $465.
has Zone Body construction with reinforced passenger compartment and
front and rear crumple zones, slide-away pedal assembly, dual-stage
front air bags with occupant-classification sensor, roof-mounted
curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear, and a
traction-control system integrated with Vehicle Dynamic Control
(especially useful this time of year, even in the South and
Q50, sequential welcome lighting lit the interior and exterior for
safety. Rear passengers entered and exited easily, thanks to wide
rear door openings, and all passengers had plenty of knee, head and
ergonomically designed front seats were exceptionally comfortable,
with complete spinal support.
passengers had personal reading lights, rear console-mounted air
vents and rear floor heater ducts – very nice on the cold winter
controls were illuminated, with one-touch auto up/down. Retained
accessory power allowed windows or the sunroof to be closed even if
the vehicle was turned off.
We had two
12-volt power outlets, auxiliary input jacks and two USB connection
ports to keep us charged and entertained. Battery-saver technology
helped prevent accidental discharging if accessories were left on.
delivered for $50,410 after adding $995 destination charges and
$8,765 in options.