Facelifted 2018 Infiniti Q50 costs slightly higher, with base price of $34,200

Article by Christian A., on July 31, 2017

Infiniti has just given the 2018 Q50 an upgrade - making it look fresher with a modern twist inside and out. The company had also given the sedan their ProPilot autonomous driving technology. With all the upgrades, we should not be surprised that the 2018 Infiniti Q50 gets a price hike too - now starting at $34,200 excluding the $905 destination and handling fee.

Under the hood of the updated model is the same engine you will find from the 2017 model. The entry level 2.0t Pure still gets a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that generates 208 horsepower (155 kilowatts). The 2018 model costs $250 higher than the previous generation. Customers can go for an all-wheel drive option for an additional $2,000.

What comes after the base model would be the Q50 2.0t Luxe, previously known as the Premium trim. It still gets the same 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, but is pricier at $36,550, or $38,550 for the all-wheel drive option. The AWD Luxe is the most expensive 2.0 liter variant that one could get. Next in line is the beefier Q50 3.0t Luxe, with a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine generating 300 horsepower (223 kilowatts). The most affordable variant with this engine starts at $38,950, and you can get it in all-wheel-drive for $40,950.

If you are the sportier type, you can go for the Sport model with the same 3.0 liter 300 horsepower engine, starting at $40,650 for the rear-wheel-drive or $42,650 for the all-wheel drive. And if that still is not enough for those who seek adrenaline through speed, the 400 horsepower Red Sport model can be had for $51,000 and $53,000, the former is for the RWD, while the latter is an AWD.

On the other hand, if you want to go green, then there is always the Q50 Hybrid Luxe that starts at $50,600. It comes with a 3.5 liter hybrid V6. As usual, you have to add an extra $2,000 for the AWD variant. If you want to compare prices of the 2018 model year to the previous generation, you can check it out online.

For the Q50 Red Sport 400, physical changes of the car’s exterior include fascias, LED tail lights, and some exhaust pipe detailing. But the 400 horsepower V6 engine remains the same as the previous model year. There are also some noticeable changes in the interior with the new trim, and some technology upgrades from safety features and driver aids - some of these include the Direct Adaptive Steering.

Press Release

INFINITI announces U.S. pricing for 2018 Q50 sports sedan

INFINITI has announced pricing for the new 2018 Q50, which receives significant updates for the new model year, including a refreshed exterior and interior appearance. The 2018 Q50 is available in a total of 12 models -- with four powertrain choices and rear-wheel and all-wheel drive available across all trim levels -- and the new pricing structure gives customers the option to choose between specially contented LUXE and SPORT models at similar price points.

Coinciding with the refreshed look of the Q50 is the introduction of a new global grade naming structure: PURE, LUXE, SPORT and RED SPORT 400. Option package content and naming has also been upgraded for 2018 and one new exterior color, Mocha Almond, has been added to the color palette.

The Q50 exterior redesign retains its sleek proportions and athletic stance while establishing greater differentiation between model grades, including the performance-inspired RED SPORT 400. For example, the Q50 3.0t SPORT and Q50 RED SPORT 400 grades include a more angular front bumper and wider, lower air intakes, adding greater visual potency. Inspired by INFINITI's "zero lift" approach to aerodynamic efficiency, the new Q50 boosts a more prominent airfoil at the base of the front bumper.

Inside, the new Q50 adds an enhanced level of artistry to the high-tech cabin, providing a comfortable and connected space. The creation of the new grade structure has enabled INFINITI designers to differentiate each model with its own unique interior character.

Changes to the interior include unique stitching on premium and soft-touch materials that surround the instrument panel and a sport-oriented leather shift knob. Other interior features include the brand's spinal support seats that ensure a comfortable space, a new steering wheel with molded positions for the driver's thumbs and INFINITI InTouch™ Services designed to effortlessly synchronize the car and driver.

Innovative driver assistance technologies that empower and support the driver are abundant on the Q50. They include available Direct Adaptive Steering, Active Lane Control, Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist, Backup Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Forward Emergency Braking, and Predictive Forward Collision Warning.

The 2018 Q50 again delivers a rewarding driving experience with a variety innovative powertrain options. Leading the list of four available 2018 Q50 powerplants is the exclusive VR-series 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, which was recently named to the prestigious 2017 Ward's 10 Best Engines list. It is available in two states of tune – 400 horsepower or 300 horsepower.

Complementing the 3.0-liter V6 is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit, rated at 208 horsepower. This engine, like the 3.0-liter V6, has been engineered to blend responsive performance with enhanced fuel efficiency. The engine also features an idle stop-start system.

The Q50 is also available with an advanced gasoline-electric hybrid, which features INFINITI's proven Direct Response Hybrid® system with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control. The hybrid system net power is 360 horsepower, providing strong acceleration and lean fuel economy.

All 2018 Q50 models come equipped with a refined 7-speed automatic transmission with available steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The INFINITI Drive Mode Selector with Snow, Eco, Standard, Sport and Personal settings is also standard on all models, part of the INFINITI InTuition™ System, an advanced customizable digital environment system that allows drivers to create unique settings for engine, suspension and steering (when equipped with INFINITI Direct Adaptive Steering®) settings.

Source: Infiniti

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