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

Emma Jayne Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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Standard features include a power sliding and tilting tinted-glass sunroof; power, heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals; body-color door handles with chrome accents, touch unlock, and welcome lighting; advanced aerodynamic design with zero front and rear lift concept; aluminum front doorsill kick plates with Infiniti logo; rain-sensing wipers; and auto-dimming inside mirror with universal garage/gate opener.

My Q50 Sport was Liquid Platinum with a Graphite interior featuring textured Kacchu aluminum trim on the upper door panels (above diagonally quilted soft-touch panels) and the center console/center stack. Kacchu subtly textured aluminum is inspired by traditional Samurai armaments, usually made of leather, bronze, and iron.

A 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 delivered 300 horsepower through a seven-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching, manual shift mode, and Adaptive Shift Control.

The included Performance Package ($1,500) brought steering-wheel-mounted magnesium paddle shifters – previously column-mounted – along with Sport brakes with silver painted calipers (four pistons in the front, two in the rear), upgraded rotors, and the Dynamic Digital Suspension.

The DDS electronically adjustable shock absorber system monitors body roll, pitch and bounce rate, adjusting accordingly for a flat, stable, controlled ride.

A Drive Mode Selector on the center console offered Sport/Sport-plus, Standard, Eco, Snow, and Personal settings to optimize ride comfort, response, and agility according to the driver's wishes.

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Advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control with Active Trace Control adjusted braking and engine torque to help enhance cornering feel by keeping the vehicle on the projected track.

Dramatic 19-inch wheels had five trident spokes with silver-painted machined fronts and dark gray painted sides and pockets, wearing summer run-flat tires.

My Q50 Sport had a more angular front bumper and wider, lower air intakes, and a more prominent airfoil below the front bumper.

An Essential Package ($2,500) brought Infiniti InTouch Navigation with voice recognition, lane guidance and 3-D building graphics; InTouch Services access (three-month complimentary service); SiriusXM Traffic information; heated front seats and steering wheel; 60/40 split-fold-down rear seat; and, remote engine start.

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