Infiniti Q50 Drops The Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine, Goes V6-Only For 2020

The Infiniti Q50 is getting a little long-in-tooth, but the automaker is freshening things up for the 2020 model year.

The big news is the death of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which produced 208 hp (155 kW / 211 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. The engine won’t necessarily be missed, but pricing has crept up due to its elimination.

To help counter this, Infiniti is introducing a new entry-level model called the Q50 3.0t Pure. Pricing starts at $36,400 which means it costs $750 more than last year’s base model which was the Q50 2.0t Pure.

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While we always hate to see prices climb, the increase isn’t a bad thing as the Q50 3.0t Pure comes equipped with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 300 hp (224 kW / 304 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Furthermore, the Q50 3.0t Pure is more affordable than last year’s base model with the twin-turbo V6 as the 2019 Q50 3.0t Luxe started at $38,400.

Of course, the Q50 3.0t Pure is sparsely equipped. That being said, the car features LED headlights, a dual exhaust system and 17-inch alloy wheels. Other highlights include eight-way power front seats, leatherette upholstery, lunar black trim and a dual-zone automatic climate control system.

Unfortunately, Infiniti won’t offer packages on the base model and customers can’t even get premium paint. The latter decision means customers have just four options including Black Obsidian, Graphite Shadow, Liquid Platinum and Pure White. On the bright side, the Q50 3.0t Pure can be equipped with an optional all-wheel drive system.

Besides the new base model, all Q50s gain a new Infiniti InTouch infotainment system which features an upper 8-inch display and a lower 7-inch display. The system boasts Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility as well as support for Siri and Google Voice.

Additional updates are limited, drivers will find two new USB ports. Both are illuminated and one is USB Type-A, while the other is USB Type-C.

  • thejohnnycanuck

    I’ve always liked the Q50 and the Q60 for that matter. That’s definitely a pretty good deal for the Pure.

    I’ll give you $750 for almost an extra 100hp all day long.

    • DetrinKD

      And that’s an underrated “300hp”.

  • Bash

    That turbo 4 sounded good on papers, never sold well I guess.

    • Mill0048

      I feel like you’re talking about the variable compression turbo four, which I agree seems like an interesting motor. By the specs, I’m guessing this is the Merc 2.0 turbo.

      • DetrinKD

        It is the Merc 2.0 that was in the base Q50 and Q60. But they are ending their deal with MB… hence dropping the 2.0 and killing the Q/QX30.

        • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

          Sad, that was a great motor…

  • DetrinKD

    Finally CarPlay and AA!

    • DK

      Totally agree – if they upgraded the infotainment in 2018 this would be a Top 3 sport sedan seller.

      • DetrinKD

        Despite its major sales drop this year, it still is #3 in the class YTD, #4 if you include the Model 3.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e272a2f0afc8a4af451830caa7cd216b9421e2ba429da766c1ba39897b977afc.png

        • DK

          I do miss the Nissan 3.7 VQ. Best naturally aspirated v6 ever.

          A family member has a qx50. Its so sharp and nice inside and out and does suffer from a 2012 infotainment system.

          • Marc Gruben

            Actually, the 3.7 is a bit rough. The 3.5 is soooo much better. Drive a 350Z and a 370Z back-to-back, you’ll see what I mean

  • SteersUright

    Why the hell is this antique even still in their showrooms? Get it together Nissan!

    • dn12005

      Because:

      1. It hasn’t completed its generation cycle of 7 years.
      2. Throughout it gen cycle (especially since CY15), it is has been 3rd best seller in its class behind the C and
      3’er….dueling with A4 over the past 2 years….ergo, still pretty competitive even in its old guise.
      3. For all the world to see, Nissan has painted itself into a corner with a host of issues culminating with
      Ghosn’s arrest; pulling back on incentives; profit/market loss; and most recently, the resignation/firing of
      Saikawa-san. Thus, operations tend to suffer from these many and other self-inflicted wounds.

      4. Due to (in parts) No.3 and as long as No.2 isn’t significantly impacted, Nissan wants INFINITI to deliver its
      electrification aspirations right(which will have a significant impact on the next-gen q50)…thus, the 1 Gen Q
      (or 3rd Gen G) will soldier on and probably run up to an 8 year gen cycle…..

      These are probably some of the reasons this antique is still in the showrooms.

    • vanquishvantage

      Antique???? Lol this car came out in 2014 it’s not even that old…..most cars it competes with stay on market 5 to 7 years if not longer…..the last generation 3 series came out as a 2012 model year car it just got a brand new version as a 2020 model year car. I think your timing is off…..

  • An Existing Person

    I don’t particularly care for Apple Carplay/Android Auto but it’s about time they finally introduced it to those that actually do care. As far as design goes, I see nothing wrong because the Q50 has aged well pre and post-facelift and still looks better than the majority of cars in its class. Also, the $750 bump in price for a gain of 100hp is well worth it over a lame 4-Cylinder.

    • DK

      Yeah, fixing/upgrading the infotainment system was by far the biggest necessity for the Q50. If they did this for the 2018 classes this car would still be a Top 3 seller in the segment. Hopefully now its on par with the G70.

      I agree it still looks amazing (much better than the IS, TLX, CT4, A4) and offers slightly more space than almost every other sport sedan in its class.

  • Nordschleife

    I am not going to lie. I still want cooled seats but I’d take the Carplay/AA and deal. I like how the Q60 looks but I needed the updated tech. I literally have a 2011 A5 and I don’t want to buy a new car (2020) with the same tech as my same A5. So this is kosher for me.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Infiniti did it before it was cool, lol

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