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Infiniti tweaks the Q50 sedan for 2018 with revised exterior, interior features

Emma Jayne Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Automotive News

The Infiniti Q50 receives a considerable update for 2018, pushing the limits of sedan styling, with a refreshed interior and exterior appearance.

New global grade naming, upgraded package content and naming, and one new exterior color coincide with the new look.

The Q50 is available in 2.0t Pure and 2.0t Luxe; Hybrid Luxe; 3.0t Luxe, 3.0t Sport, and Red Sport 400 versions, all with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.

Gasoline-only model prices ranges from $34,200 for a basic 2.0t Pure to $51,000 for a Red Sport 400. The Hybrid Luxe model is $50,600. All-wheel drive adds $2,000 and is available on all trims.

There are 10 exterior colors offered, depending on the trim chosen – Midnight Black, Liquid Platinum, Graphite Shadow, Black Obsidian, Dynamic Sunstone Red, Majestic White, Pure White, Hagane Blue, Iridium Blue, and new Mocha Almond.

Starting with the expressive illumination of the multi-mode jeweled LED headlights with signature LED daytime running lights, following the dynamic arch profile toward the rear, including the crescent-cut "C" pillar, the Q50's side styling evokes motion and a feeling of space, while allowing rear passengers greater visibility.

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The revised headlights feature a "lowered eyelid" look – fierce, almost sinister. Deep wavelike creases extend back from the upper edge of the revised signature double-arch grille (black cascade with chrome surround), along the hood to the "A" pillar, adding to the powerful, dynamic feel.

A sculpted front fascia, with deep-set fog lights topped by horizontal LED turn signal lights surrounded by dark metallic painted accents, contributes to the dramatic stance and aerodynamic profile.

Dark metallic paint continues on the revised rear fascia surrounding dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets, bringing the dramatic exterior together.

Chiseled fenders flare, the rear flowing up to the top edge of the extended wrap-around LED rear combination lights, giving the Q50 a broad-shouldered, low athletic stance – low for sticking to the ground, wide for commanding attention.

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