Infiniti’s entry-level sedan steps it up for 2018.
All-new 2018 Infiniti Q50 sedans parked while the drivers visit a local farm.
The Infiniti Q50 is an entry-level luxury sedan, the first model to advance the company’s current naming convention, which rolled out in 2014. The sedan replaced the widely-acclaimed G Series without losing its predecessor’s top attributes — value, styling, and premium touches.
Today, like all other manufacturers, Infiniti operates in a new paradigm: consumers are shifting their purchase decisions away from coupes, sedans, and wagons, and to crossover sport utility vehicles. That said, Infiniti successfully rolled out an all-new Q60 coupe last year, benefitting from sales that have surged seven-fold. Consequently, the Q60 is now the top-selling model in its class.
Refreshed 2018 Infiniti Q50
The Q50 sedan shares the same architecture as the coupe, and is a five-passenger rear-wheel drive model available with all-wheel drive. Instead of rolling out an all-new model for its fifth year, Infiniti went the mid-product-cycle refresh route for 2018.
What you have here is a reinvigorated model with a new exterior, numerous interior refinements, and four powerplant choices. Moreover, instead of giving up on its best-selling model, Infiniti is putting forth refinements it believes will continue to keep this sedan relevant in a shrinking segment. The pie may be shrinking, but Infiniti believes it’ll gain a bigger slice of it due to the update.
Infiniti introduced the 2018 Q50 at an auto show earlier this year. This week, Nissan’s luxury brand pulled in automotive journalists from across the US, Canada, and Mexico to preview the sedan. Disclaimer:Infiniti paid for my flight, hotel, and served up not a few delicious meals. That said, the words herein I alone own.
Downtown Nashville, Tennessee, provided the ideal place to invite journalists to drive the new Q50. Located just 19 miles away from Infiniti’s US Corporate Office Headquarters, the hotel served as the starting point for venturing out to the middle Tennessee countryside. Four long legs of driving on twisty roads put our test models through the paces. Incidentally, only top-of-the line Red Sport 400 models were provided.
Four Grades for the Choosing
Infiniti offers the 2018 Q50 in four grades: Pure ($34,200), Luxe ($36,550), Sport ($40,650), and Red Sport 400 ($51,000). Add $2,000 for all-wheel drive. The Q50 Hybrid is sold separately and retails for $50,600 ($52,600 all-wheel drive).
All Pure models are powered by a 208-hp four-cylinder engine. Luxe and Sport models get a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 with 300 horsepower. The top-of-the-line Red Sport 400 has the same V6 engine, but doubles the intercoolers to make 400 horsepower. All three engines come paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
A Matter of Style
All Q50 models offer a sleek design with the brand’s double-arch grille gracing the front end. A new mesh pattern and chrome surround add distinction.
Updated signature lighting along with slimmer LED rear lamps round out the changes.
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