The premium sedan is receiving some minor improvements inside and out.
The Infiniti Q50 is entering 2017 model year and the Japanese manufacturer has decided to introduce the vehicle at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, which started with the first press day yesterday.
Starting with the exterior, the refreshed premium sedan is receiving a trio of new metallic exterior colors - Midnight Black, Pure White, and Dynamic Sunstone Red, replacing the current Venetian Red. Infiniti says the red hue is the result of a new paint application process developed by the company, which employs “a combination of coating machinery and manual techniques to achieve the deep, lustrous finish.”
The design is also enhanced by red brake calipers, available for the Q50 Red Sport 400 models, powered by a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine with 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts).
Novelties for the interior are also relatively minor and include a new Designer Pack, which consists of Graphite or Java Brown colors for the quilted semi-aniline leather upholstery, a new open-pore dark wood veneer, dark chrome trim, and a black roof lining.
But what’s more important, the sedan is now offering a new Bose audio system, first featured in the Q60 Coupe. Infiniti says it has been engineered especially for the Q50 and transforms the cabin into “the driver’s very own audio haven.”
Also, European customers will be able to order the so-called Telematic Control Unit system, which allows the owner to control elements of the car remotely through a special smartphone app, including remote engine start, car locator, and stolen vehicle tracking.
The refreshed Infiniti Q50 will go on sale in “selected markets later this year” with pricing likely to be announced closer to launch. Currently, the 2016 Q50 is available in the United States at $33,950, while the range-topping Red Sport 400 starts at $47,950.
Gallery: 2017 Infiniti Q50
- World debut for upgraded 2017 Q50 sports sedan in Paris
- New exterior colors and customization options; Designer Pack for interior
- Introduction of 16-speaker Bose® Performance Series sound system
- New Telematic Control Unit for European models
HONG KONG / PARIS – INFINITI has enhanced the 2017 Q50 sports sedan with new exterior and interior design features and the adoption of new in-car technologies. The upgraded 2017 INFINITI Q50 will make its World debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile) on 29 September 2016.
The Q50 sports sedan has been further developed to offer buyers a higher level of personalization and driving engagement, bringing INFINITI's signature design, empowering driver technology, and exhilarating performance to the sports sedan segment.
The enhancements come at a time of significant momentum for the Q50. Global sales of the car have grown 6 percent in the first eight months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, with more than 144, 675 sold from January to August.
Design: new colors and customization options
The 2017 Q50 is available with a trio of new metallic exterior colors: Midnight Black, Pure White, and – replacing Venetian Red – Dynamic Sunstone Red. The latter color is the result of a new paint application process developed by INFINITI which employs a combination of coating machinery and manual techniques to achieve the deep, lustrous finish.
Red brake calipers have been added to Q50 Red Sport 400 models, powered by INFINITI's all-new 400 hp 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo "VR" engine.
Inside the 2017 Q50, buyers can now specify a new Designer Pack for the cabin, which includes new Graphite or Java Brown colors for the quilted semi-aniline leather cabin upholstery, a new open-pore dark wood veneer, dark chrome trim and a black roof lining.
Technology: comfort, convenience, and connectivity
Buyers of the 2017 Q50 can specify a new Bose® Performance Series sound system, which features 16 speakers and all-new electronic architecture with high-performance components. Other than the Q60 coupe, the Q50 is the only car worldwide to feature this high-powered, custom-engineered system. The fully-immersive Bose audio system is engineered to transform the cabin into the driver's very own audio haven, and features an 'industrial' design, adding an even more distinctive, high quality look and feel to the cabin.
For European markets, INFINITI has equipped the 2017 Q50 with a new Telematic Control Unit, allowing the owner to control elements of their car remotely via INFINITI's InTouch Services smartphone app, for greater security and convenience. New features include remote engine start, car locator, and stolen vehicle tracking.
The 2017 Q50 goes on sale in selected markets later this year.