Rumor has it that the 2018 Infiniti Q50 might bring several styling tweaks as well as certain technological upgrades. This sleek sedan arrived as a 2014 model, introducing the company’s new design philosophy. It is currently one of the most appealing sports sedans available on the U.S. market. After the upcoming visual enhancements, the Q50 will be an even more competitive option in its class. According to unofficial sources, the 2018 model could arrive in the third quarter of 2017.
Infiniti Q50 Redesign
In terms of exterior styling, the 2018 Infiniti Q50 will certainly be an eye-catching model. Expect its front fascia to benefit from a number of tweaks that will make it more sophisticated and elegant. However, it will retain its curvy wraparound sheet metal that sets it apart from the competition. It should also remain one of the most aerodynamic models in its class, comparable to the likes of Nissan GT-R. Even though it’s larger than its rivals, the Q50 appears as a more compact vehicle.
As for the interior design, expect the 2018 Infiniti Q50 to receive a few subtle upgrades. Its cabin currently features a recognizable sweeping theme that gives it a sporty feel. This sleek sedan offers nicely sculpted seats but the rear bench doesn’t provide sufficient passenger space. Even the base models come amply equipped with Infiniti’s latest convenience and safety features. Expect the upcoming model to offer hill-start assist and active trace-control cornering safety system as standard. Also included will be 17-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with run-flat tires as well as 8-way power adjustable front seats.
2018 Infiniti Q50 Specs
As of 2016, the Q50 has four different drivetrains in its lineup. Base models use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that gives 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 replaces the old 3.7-liter V6, delivering 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. A more powerful version of the same engine produces 400 hp and 350 lb-ft in the Q50 Red Sport 400. All three powertrains come with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Finally, the 2018 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid will have a 3.5-liter V6 combined with an electric motor. The system’s total output is rated at 360 hp and 258 lb-ft of twist.
Pricing and Competition
The 2018 Infiniti Q50 refresh is not expected to bring major changes when it comes to the pricing. Expect the entry-level model to start at around $35,000, with the range-topping Red Sport beginning just under $50,000. Infiniti sports sedan will once again rival the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4.