The model will be soon shipped to North America.
Following its global premiere in Geneva earlier this year, the 2018 Infiniti Q50 is entering production phase at the brand’s Tochigi plant in Japan. Soon, the premium sports sedan will be shipped to the United States and Canada.
"The capability and quality of the new Q50 is exceptional and meets the high standards of Infiniti,” Roland Krueger, Chairman and Global President of the marque, comments. "Our engineering and manufacturing team is ramping up production and we are looking forward to shipping vehicles to customers around the world.”
Infiniti’s best-selling model with close to 210,000 deliveries worldwide received modest facelift, which brought just minor visual revisions like the redesigned lower air intakes in the front bumper with new driving lamps, and an enhanced grille with deeper detailing to the mesh pattern.
The model should be available for order very soon and will be offered in three trim levels – Sport, Pure, and Luxe. The first one brings the sportiest appearance of the three with distinctive exterior, while the range-topping Q50 Red Sport 400 comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine. It also benefits from a more angular front bumper with wider air intakes and a more prominent aerofoil at the base.
"We can't wait to bring the updated, 2018 Q50 to the North American market," Randy Parker, Vice President, Infiniti Americas, added. "Its benchmark performance and athletic styling make it an important cornerstone in our product line.”
For the 2018 model year, the Q50 also received the latest generation of the Japanese company’s autonomous technologies. For now, the ProPilot system only allows for limited engagement, such as during slow-moving stop-and-go traffic and or highway traveling in a single lane.
Gallery: 2018 Infiniti Q50 production
- First 2018 INFINITI Q50 sedans roll off the production line in Tochigi
- Sales commence in the United States and Canada this summer
Tochigi, Japan – INFINITI has begun production of the 2018 INFINITI Q50, with first vehicles manufactured at the company's facility in Tochigi, Japan. The premium sports sedan will soon be shipped to the United States and Canada for arrival at INFINITI retailers later this summer.
"The capability and quality of the new Q50 is exceptional and meets the high standards of INFINITI," said Roland Krueger, Chairman and Global President of INFINITI.
"Our engineering and manufacturing team is ramping up production and we are looking forward to shipping vehicles to customers around the world.
"At INFINITI, our production system follows a very strict 'kaizen' process of continuous improvement. Not only do we work hard to improve with every vehicle that comes off the line, as part of our 'Empower the Drive' brand promise, we also strive to continually improve every process in every part of the business."
The 2018 model is the first Q50 to feature two distinct exterior looks. Performance-focused design ensures the SPORT variants stand apart from the PURE and LUXE versions of the stylish sedan.
The range-topping 2018 INFINITI Q50 RED SPORT 400 features the award-winning VR30 engine. The 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 powerplant was recently named on the prestigious 2017 Ward's '10 Best Engines' list.
The 2018 Q50 also features a refreshed interior design and innovative technologies designed to empower and enhance the drive.
"We can't wait to bring the updated, 2018 Q50 to the North American market," said Randy Parker, Vice President, INFINITI Americas.
"Its benchmark performance and athletic styling make it an important cornerstone in our product line. We are excited to get this newest sports sedan in the hands of our fans when it arrives in INFINITI showrooms later this summer."
The Q50 is INFINITI's best-selling model. Since the first generation went on sale in 2013, INFINITI has sold close to 210,000 units worldwide. In 2016 INFINITI achieved more than 230,000 global sales – a seven percent year-on-year increase and a new global sales record – with the Q50 sports sedan accounting for one third of the brand's total.