The refreshed model will be available globally this summer.

The Infiniti Q50 is a niche model in the UK, which makes it seem odd that Nissan's posh arm hasn't given it a slightly more substantial facelift for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Given just a passing glance one could easily mistake the new and old models, especially from the side. Taking a closer look head-on, you’ll notice revised lower air intakes with new headlights and an new grille with deeper detailing to the mesh pattern. New LED headlights are said to offer better visibility, while slimmer LED tail lamps derived from the Q60 have been fitted to the rear.

There’s also stronger separation between the standard and sport variants of the Q50. Sport models receive a front bumper that’s more angular, with wider air intakes and a more prominent aerofoil at the base. Infiniti says this adds greater visual potency – we’re not quite sure about that description, but it is fairly easy to differentiate between the trim lines. 

2018 Infiniti Q50

Changes inside the Q50 are similarly subtle, but certainly noticeable. Fake leather material with double stitching surrounds the instrument panel. A new steering wheel that draws inspiration from the Q60 adds a bit more sport, as does a new double-stitch leather shift knob. New “spinal support seats” are said to make life easier for front seat passengers by easing pressure on back muscles.

The revamped Q50 features the same powertrain options as found on previous models, but it is the flagship model for Infiniti’s ProPilot autonomous driving tech. At this stage, autonomous might be a bit of a misnomer as the system only allows for limited engagement, such as during slow-moving stop-and-go traffic, or motorway travelling in a single lane. It does, however, provide Infiniti a foundation on which to build.

The facelifted Infiniti Q50 is expected to go on sale globally starting the second quarter of 2017.

Source: Infiniti

 

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