By Asian Journal Auto Editor
To keep up with its primarily German high-end competitors, for 2018, the premium Infiniti Q50 sports sedan receives a slight makeover. This is an already impressive luxo-sports sedan and so the changes are incremental. First up is a refreshed exterior with a new, slightly taller grille and more aggressive looking new front fascia. New, larger wheels also emphasize the Q50’s sleek muscular looks. The rear now sports LED taillights and a new trim panel surround bumper to make the twin exhausts stand out. The Interior also gets a refresh with, as expected from Infiniti, more innovative technologies. Base models gain updated trim materials in the form of real wood trim, simulated leather finish with contrasting stitching on the dash, new sports influenced steering wheel, new gauged details and relocated steering wheel mounted paddles shifters – instead of on the steering column. Overall there is a huge number of advanced passive safety and driving aid systems.
The Infiniti Q50 lineup comprises the renamed 2.0t Luxe, Hybrid, 3.0t Luxe, 3.0t Sport and the top spec high performance Red Sport 400. For Canada all Q50 models arrive as with Infiniti’s intelligent all-wheel drive as standard. Engines start with a: 2.0L, 208-horsepower turbocharged four cylinder, a hybrid version with a 3.5-litre V6 teamed with a 50 kw electric motor to produce 360 hp combined, There are also two 3.0L twin-turbo V6s; one at 300 hp, the other in the top Red Sport 400 version retuned to produce an impressive 400hp. All models come with a seven-speed automatic and six drive modes
We tested a 2018 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Sport AWD (300hp) in a cool Asgard Grey finished with a wonderful looking Graphite Leather with Kaccha Aluminum trim. Base price for our tester started at $47,995. Options include such feature as the Asgard paint and the Sensory ProAssist package ($3,500) which comprised: Bose Performance (16 speakers) with Centerpoint, Outside Mirrors with Memory and Reverse Link, Leather Appointed Seats, Steering Wheel-Memory with Power Tilt and tele, Advanced Climate Control System Back Collision Intervention with Cross Traffic Alert Around View Monitor with Moving Object, Detection Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Forward Emergency Braking and Predictive Forward Collision Warning Also added was the ProActive Package at $3,800 which added: Auto leveling Adaptive Front Lighting System, High Beam Assist (HBA), Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure, Prevention with Active Lane Control, Intelligent Cruise Control with Full Speed Range, Distance Control Assist Eco Pedal, Blind Spot Intervention System, Front Seat Driver/Passenger Pre-Crash Seatbelts. Total price with freight, PDI, and options came to $58,116.
On the road, our 3.0 liter tester tuned out to be an exciting, exhilarating performer with great handling thanks to the adaptive steering and suspension system. The Sport offers three drive modes: Snow, Eco, Standard, Sport, Sport+ and Personal), each mode tweaks the parameter settings for throttle and transmission mapping, and can tighten the direct adaptive steering and dynamic suspension if fitted. With 300 horsepower available from the 3.0 liter V6 the Q50 offers fast response in term of acceleration. The resulting drive models offer great adaptation to driver inputs. Brakes are also improved on the Sport models, with large four-piston calipers up front and twin-piston calipers in the rear. Safety is very high as expected with such features as the distance control system which will apply the brakes automatically and slow the car down safely without driver input — when the distance to a vehicle ahead becomes too close. To sum up, the new 2018 Infiniti Q50 offers a lot – more powerful class leading engines, an excellent array of technology, safety and driver aids. It is a comfortable, fast great looking premium sedan with excellent performance. To be considered.
2018 Infiniti Q50 3.0t SPORT AWD Base price $47,995. Price as tested with Options Total price with freight, PDI, and options $58,116.