The Q50 replaced the G Series sedan back in 2013, and while it still used roughly the same engine as before, the car was upgraded and much better to drive, better looking as well as more efficient. For the 2017 Infiniti Q50, we expect only minor changes after mid-life refreshment that came with 2016 model.
Even with upgrades that we saw during the last year we think that something is missing and that this vehicle could be even better. During the last few years it didn’t manage to get itself ahead of some of its competitors and it order to do that, it will receive small updates with the 2017 Infiniti Q50 which is going to get an updated exterior, some changes under the hood as well as a sportier running gear.
2017 Infiniti Q50 Release Date
The release date is still unknown but considering that Infiniti did release a preview of the upcoming car, it is safe to assume that it will be ready for the market in a few months. While the summer looks like the most likely option, we can’t exclude the possibility for Infiniti to wait for the fall of this year and then to introduce it.
Engine wise, the 2017 Infiniti Q50 will still come equipped in Europe and China with a Mercedes-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four petrol engine which will provide 208 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. However, both in the US and in Europe, the car’s previous 3.7 liter V6 will get replaced by an all-new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, which Nissan developed specifically for their future Infiniti products.
This new engine will be available in two different outputs. The base unit will offer 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque while the one that will equip the top end model, as well as the future Q60 coupe, is going to make a very impressive 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Both of these will be able to offer much better performance than the old V6, all while using up to 20% less fuel in certain conditions. Fuel economy numbers of these two haven’t been announced so we will have to wait a little bit longer for the release date to approach.
The hybrid model will continue to use the same 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 coupled with an electric motor for a combined output of 359 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque. This system allows fantastic performances and a nice bump in fuel efficiency making Q50 one of the fastest hybrids. While rear-wheel drive will be standard, some models will also come available with all-wheel drive. Just like before, the only transmission of choice, at least for the US market, will be a 7-speed automatic derived from that of the G Series sedan.
The price should remain close or identical to the current model’s pricing scheme, so expect it to start at around $38,000 and go up from there. In Europe, the car will be slightly less expensive due to the fact it will also use smaller engines and fewer options than the one sold in the US. The good part is that the hybrid models are still going to be sold in the US, and that’s great news because some rumors suggested that the hybrid version of the car would be discontinued altogether.
On the exterior, the 2017 Infiniti Q50 sedan will receive a small update as well. This will combine some of the styling cues of the Q60 concept car with the Q50 sedan. As a result, we are getting a car that receives a slightly more aggressive front end featuring a new grille as well as a new splitter. Also, the car will likely get a new set of tail lights and possible a new body-kit for the top end model that will feature the 400 horsepower engine.
Inside the cabin, the Q50 sedan will remain nearly identical to the ongoing version, and the only actual changes here are going to be in the technology department. This means that the car will receive a more advanced cruise control system which should now be able to keep the lane and speed of the car, basically allowing it to drive itself. Also, the car’s infotainment system is going to be updated with better hardware and software to become easier to use.
High-quality materials all over the place are something that we will get from 2017 Infiniti Q50, usual for Japanese car maker. Leather, wood inserts, soft touch materials and similar dominate nicely packed interior. Center console comes with two large touch displays for navigation and infotainment which will allow you to control pretty much all aspects of the vehicle. Behind the steering wheel, we have another small screen that is positioned between speed and rpm instruments. All the buttons are strategically placed, and we have no complaints on this, the overall impression is that this is one of the best options for those chasing a luxury sedan.