2018 Infiniti Q50 Facelift Brings Semi-Autonomous Features, Mild Styling Tweaks

Didn’t Infiniti just update the Q50 for 2017 a few months ago at the Paris Auto Show? Yes, your memory serves you right, but Nissan’s premium arm is freshening up its compact luxury sedan again with the 2018MY Q50 to debut at next week’s Geneva Motor Show

Infiniti released a single image of the 2018 Q50 displaying a mildly tweaked front bumper with re-sculpted lines and new fog lamps, with the company adding that the interior has also been refreshed to bring the car in line with its “’designed to perform’ ethos”, without divulging any additional details.

One of the main highlights of the updated Q50 will be the second-generation of Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering, a steer-by-wire system that has no physical connection to the front wheels and according to the company, offers smoother operation, easier manoeuvrability and more direct response, while being better adapted toward future self-driving features.

Speaking of which, the 2018 Q50 will be the first Infiniti to bundle all of its autonomous driving systems under a new ProPilot Assist moniker, including active lane keeping, forward emergency braking and smart cruise control.

The refreshed Q50 will continue using a range of turbocharged engines, including the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 from the VR powertrain family, which so far, is offered in 300hp and 400hp versions.

Infiniti will reveal the new Q50 on March 7 at the upcoming Swiss motor show next to the Q60 Black S concept, so stay tuned.

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  • Jay

    Direct Adaptive Steering, a steer-by-wire system that has no physical connection to the front wheels and according to the company

    So when the car cuts off/breaks down you cannot steer it at all? I mean with out powersteering its bad enough but this is far worse.. in most cases it needs to be moved to get towed or just to get off the road and such..

    • An Existing Person

      If the DAS system happens to disconnect or “break” for some reason, there is a traditional steering rack beneath everything that will take over immediately so that the car could still be steered.

  • SgtBeavis

    Does Infiniti yet realize that their grill is slowly evolving into the Lexus spindle?

  • ctk4949

    Great this gets a newer updated interior instead of the new Q60??

  • dtd

    Will they put the new T4 engine which produces 268hp as they advertise for the new QX ?

  • john1168

    I can’t wait to see the upgraded interior. It needed that bad. Hopefully they addressed the mismatched center stack screens.

    • Nordschleife

      That is what I am most excited about. Hopefully they put an electronic parking brake and some cooled seats in this update as well.

      • john1168

        Cooled seats…YES!!! It desperately needs that!!!

      • john1168

        It still amazes me how so many mid size lux or entry level lux cars DON’T have cooled seats.

        • Nordschleife

          Absolutely and it irritates me. Many people see them as gimmicks but if they ever had a sweaty back/butt from driving even on temperate days with the windows down but it’s still hot enough to perspire. They’d want them too.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    The front is starting to look awful…

    • pankracy

      same as new skoda octavia – uglier than the previous gen.

    • SteersUright

      Inside is also a packaging disaster too. The rear feels so tight because you can’t fit your feet under the seats in front, so they’re uncomfortable pushed back. When I test drove this car (current model) it felt so unfinished. Leases can be had exceptionally cheap though, it handles decently, and makes good power. Too compromised of a car overall for me though.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Sad…

  • Maricaibo

    Why is the front end looking like a Lexus?

    • dn12005

      Looks much like an evolution from the 2009 Infiniti Essence Concept, which came out before Lexus adopted its spindle grill with its LF-LC Concept.

      In fact the 2010 Infiniti FX was first to adopt this evolution, in a small part.

  • klowik

    It looks worse!!

  • BlackPegasus

    Hopefully they will add Apple Carplay and some of the other features you’d expect on pseudo Luxury car.

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