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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

InTouch Services digital alerts and remote services provide a direct link to personal security, convenience and confidence, with two available packages, requiring a subscription and compatible smartphone.

A basic package includes Connection Skill with Amazon Alexa, remote door lock/unlock and more. The other package contains all the basic features plus collision notification, emergency call, roadside assistance, remote start, Google Send to Car and much more.

InTouch used a dual display system with an eight-inch upper screen and a seven-inch lower screen.

Standard InTuition is a fully customizable digital environment for audio, climate control, and navigation settings stored in each Infiniti Intelligent Key. The Intelligent Key also has a remote window-open function and a backup slot to start the vehicle if the key-fob battery is depleted.

The Q50 has a high-tech cabin, with a comfortable and connected driver-centered layout. The new grade structure enabled designers to distinguish each model with a unique interior character.

Bluetooth Hands-free Phone (with text-messaging assistant) and Streaming Audio were standard. SiriusXM Travel Link comes with four-year complimentary access to weather, fuel prices, stocks, sports and movie times. SiriusXM radio access is complimentary for three months, then requires a subscription.

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The Sport leather seats and steering wheel, dash, console, sport-oriented leather shift knob, and armrests had new unique contrast stitching. Both eight-way power front Sport seats had manual thigh extensions, and the driver's seat had power lumbar and side bolsters.

A new steering wheel had molded positions for the driver's thumbs. Aluminum-accented pedals are standard for the Q50 Sport.

My Q50 Sport had a Sensory Package ($2,650), which included the Bose Performance Series 16-speaker audio system with Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound; dual-occupant memory for the driver's seat, steering column, and outside mirrors; an Advanced Climate Control System; and auto-dimming outside mirrors. ACC cleans the air inside, and helps prevent germs and allergens from entering.

A Proassist Package ($1,650) had Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Backup Collision Intervention (it stopped me as I backed out of a space in a very busy parking lot), Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, front and rear sonar system, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking (they combine to avoid collision, helpful on a winding country road with hidden driveways and blind curves).


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