CARS.COM — Typical of a refresh, the 2018 Infiniti Q50's changes are light, but they're noticeable in the details — particularly on the Red Sport, which Infiniti sought to differentiate more from the rest of the lineup.
Its front bumper sports reshaped creases that give the lower opening a smiling expression, while the foglights have a narrower framework that bleeds into contrasting ground effects. The same theme appears in back, where the Red Sport has contrasting lower trim with a prominent lower diffuser. It makes for a busier, more aftermarket-modified look.
Inside, the Q50's redesigned steering wheel adopts a smaller hub similar to the Q60 coupe's, but other changes are light. The car's controversial dual-screen multimedia system remains, while the dashboard adds some stitching. Red Sport models have a unique red stitch and quilted leather seats. A Bose Performance Series premium stereo is optional.
Engines carry over, starting with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 208 horsepower. A turbo 3.0-liter V-6 makes either 300 hp or 400 hp depending on the trim level, while the Q50 Hybrid combines a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 with an electric motor for a combined 360 hp; all engines work with a seven-speed automatic transmission with rear- or all-wheel drive. Infiniti says it revised the 2018 Q50's front and rear stabilizer bars. Adaptive shock absorbers are optional.
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