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.
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.