Some of the highlights that will motivate the 2018 Infiniti Q50 is the excellent fuel economy ratings, roomy trunk, nicely detailed interior, high-tech electronic and safety features, superb fuel economy ratings for the hybrid trim, and a robust V6 engine. Its release date should be expected sometime next year.
In overall, the Q50 for 2018 will return mostly unchanged. The vehicle comes with a tale of two cars: the Q50S and the Q50S Hybrid. The former comes with a 3.7L V6 fitted under its hood and earned a good reputation for its athleticism and everyday good manners, however, the Q50S Hybrid scored poorly in terms of the fuel economy ratings especially considering it’s a hybrid.
Both of the two models are set to come with a well-appointed interior that will host plenty of organic styling and high-tech options that distinguishes it from the rest of the crowd. The vehicles however differ in terms of the driving dynamics. The Hybrid, which received a poor rating due to its EPA ratings, also scores dismally in terms of inconsistent braking and acceleration.
With such cons, therefore, the Q50 becomes our endearment and the hybrid buyers should take caution. The Direct Adaptive Steering, in particular, which comes bundled together with the Deluxe Touring package is one of the chief reasons why the vehicle comes with unreliable braking and acceleration. Other alternatives to consider include the Acura TLX, 2017 Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Exterior Sneak Peek & Interior Redesign – 2018 Infiniti Q50
The redesigned Infiniti Q50 for 2018 will come as a five-passenger mid-size luxury sport sedan in four variants. Expect an AWD system for all trims.
Some of the standard features to expect from the base 2018 Infiniti Q50 should include keyless entry, leatherette upholstery, heated steering wheel, automatic climate control, 17” alloy wheel, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, eight-way power front seats, automatic LED lights, CD player, HD Radio, leather wrapped steering wheel, LED foglights, auxiliary audio jack, an iPod interface, keyless ignition, voice camera, InTouch infotainment system, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, eight-way power front seats, two-USB ports, and twin touchscreen display.
As for the 2018 Infiniti Q50 Premium, expect the Bose surround system, heated front seats, a sunroof, a rearview camera, and leather seats.
Expect the 2018 Infiniti Q50S to come equipped with paddle shifters, manual thigh extension system, all-season tires, 19” wheels, heated steering wheel, aggressive exterior styling, upgraded brakes, summer performance tires, leather sport seats, and heated steering wheel.
The 2018 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Premium should come equipped with a rear seat center, leather upholstery, drive-by-wire steering system, a sport-tuned suspension, cabin noise cancellation system, power lumbar adjustments, power steering wheel adjustments, and exterior heated seats.
Fortunately for the lower trims, some of the upscale features available on the top trims will be provided for the lower trims as options. Some of the features include front and rear collision system, an interior air purifier, a multiview camera system, driver seat memory settings, adaptive cruise control, a reactive gas pedal, blind-spot warning system, wood interior trim, adaptive headlights, high-beam headlight control, navigation system, front and rear parking sensors, rear collision warning system, lane departure warning system, lane keeping assist, steering wheel adjustments, and automatic wipers.
Engine Specs – 2018 Infiniti Q50
Generating up to 328 hp and 269 pounds of torque is a 3.7L V6. The sole transmission system is the seven speed auto. The RWD comes standard, while the AWD is provided as selective.
During our own test drive of the Eau Rouge, the Premium model was able to sprint to 60 mph in an impressive 5.5 seconds.
As per the EPA ratings, expect the model to achieve 20/29/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the FWD, and 19/27/22 mpg with the 4WD system. Additionally, in our mixed driving route, the S model was able to average 25mpg/combined.
As for the Hybrid, expect it to derive its power from a 3.5L V6 that comes mated to an electric motor that is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Expect the combined output to stand at 360 horsepower.
Its acceleration to 60mph was recorded at 5.3 seconds. EPA stats for its fuel economy ratings stand at 29/36/31 mpg for the RWD, and 28/35/30 mpg for the 4×4 drive mode.
2018 Infiniti Q50 Price & Date Of Release
Expect the Infiniti Q50 for 2018 to set you back by an MSRP starting from $37,150 for the Base model, and up to $46,800 for the Hybrid Sport. Its release date as already said at the beginning of this review, should be expected sometime next year.