After receiving significant updates for last year, including a refreshed exterior and interior appearance, the Q50 sports sedan enters 2019 with a streamlined model lineup and the addition of standard Forward Emergency Braking and Predictive Forward Collision Warning. As in previous years, the 2019 INFINITI Q50 continues to offer innovative technologies designed to empower and support the driver.
The 2019 INFINITI Q50 2.0t is now offered in just two models, the 2.0t PURE and 2.0t PURE AWD. It continues to be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The Q50 3.0t is again available in a choice of 300-horsepower or 400-horsepower rate 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engines. It is also offered in LUXE, SPORT and RED SPORT 400 grade levels and in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. For 2019, the 3.0t SPORT now comes standard with the previously optional Essential, Performance, ProASSIST and Sensory Package content.
Sitting behind the Q50’s signature double-arch grille and wide hood is a choice of three advanced INFINITI powertrains. Leading the suite of powerful options is the exclusive VR-series 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine. It is available in either 400 horsepower or 300 horsepower and was developed to provide an ideal mix of drivability, efficiency and performance.
The VR engine adopts a series of innovative technologies to deliver an engaging driving experience, including a direct-injection gasoline fueling system. The high-pressure direct-injection gasoline system allows for more precise injection of fuel into the combustion chamber, delivering the exact amount required for smooth engine acceleration, depending on throttle position and engine speed. This system makes the VR V6 the cleanest and most fuel-efficient engine of its type that INFINITI has ever offered.
The VR-series’ power delivery is enhanced through an advanced twin-turbo system, which enables smooth and immediate responses under acceleration, while aiding efficiency. An optimized turbine blade design helps the engine generate greater overall performance, with faster turbine revolution speeds allowing for an immediate response from the twin-turbo system.
The high-output version, which is standard in the range-topping Q50 RED SPORT 400, delivers 400 horsepower at 6,400 rpm, the most standard horsepower for any non-specialty model. Torque is rated at 350 lb-ft at 1,600-5,200 rpm. The standard output version, offered in the Q50 3.0t LUXE and Q50 3.0t SPORT models, produces 300 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 295 lb-ft torque at 1,600-5,200 rpm.
Complementing the 3.0-liter V6 is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit, rated at 208 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, with peak torque of 258 lb-ft available from 1,500 rpm. This engine, like the 3.0-liter V6, is engineered to blend responsive performance with enhanced fuel efficiency.
The 2.0-liter engine features a lightweight aluminum block and cylinder head with chain-driven dual-overhead camshafts, die-cast aluminum cylinder crankcase and optimized crank assembly promote further weight savings, reduce friction and improve efficiency. An idle stop-start system is standard with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
All 2019 INFINITI Q50 powertrains are matched to an advanced seven-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode and available steering wheel-mounted magnesium paddle shifters on Q50 3.0t SPORT and RED SPORT 400 models. The gearbox features logic and hardware designed to handle the power output of the VR-series engines. Dual transmission coolers are utilized to better diffuse heat.
In addition, the Q50’s Adaptive Shift Control enhances gear selection by using a lateral acceleration sensor to detect changes in the road, such as hills and turns. Sport Mode allows the driver to select a more aggressive shift pattern with automatic up- and down-shifting at higher rpm. The Sport Mode allows a more aggressive shift pattern and higher rpm downshifting. Manual Mode is also standard, with paddle shifters added for Q50 3.0t SPORT (optional) and RED SPORT 400 (standard) grades. The combined effect is for any driver to enjoy quick, smooth shifts and gear choices that are appropriate to both the road and the desired driving style.
The 2019 Q50 can be configured with one of two driveline options – rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. Both are available with any of the three engines.
With the 2018 Q50 redesign, INFINITI designers seized the opportunity to tailor different designs according to the attributes and character of the models within the range – coinciding with the introduction of a new grade structure – PURE, LUXE, SPORT and RED SPORT 400. Each of the four model grades offers more of their own look and character.
The 3.0t SPORT grade features a performance-focused exterior design, while further enhancements and the most powerful engine appear exclusively in the RED SPORT 400, which lets drivers express themselves with a more assertive design that clearly conveys the car’s performance potential.
The 2019 INFINITI Q50 signature LED headlamps enhance the trademark human-eye aspect, while slim combination LED rear lamps, derived from the Q60 sports coupe, create a delicate appearance with a sharp light signature.
The front of the Q50 for 3.0t SPORT and RED SPORT 400 grades include a more angular front bumper and wider, lower air intakes – adding greater visual potency. Inspired by INFINITI’s zero-lift approach to aerodynamic efficiency, the Q50 boasts a prominent airfoil at the base of the front bumper.
The rear of the 3.0t SPORT and RED SPORT 400 places a strong focus on the twin exhausts and rear diffuser with a two-tone paint finish – the body color is accompanied by dark metallic trim around the base of the rear bumper. RED SPORT 400 models come equipped with unique 19-inch wheels, contributing to a more aggressive stance, while also improving handling and traction under cornering and hard acceleration. The aluminum alloy wheels fitted to RED SPORT 400 models also convey a more technical aspect in their design with sharper, thinner spokes than those of the SPORT model grade.
The 2019 INFINITI Q50 includes a range of 10 colors: Midnight Black, Liquid Platinum, Graphite Shadow, Black Obsidian, Dynamic Sunstone Red, Majestic White, Pure White, Hagane Blue, Iridium Blue and Mocha Almond.
Inside the 2019 INFINITI Q50 features a high level of artistry and quality throughout the high-tech cabin, providing a comfortable and connected space. Each grade level is differentiated with its own unique interior character. High levels of craftsmanship are central to the interior design. In particular, high quality materials surround the instrument panel and are finished with double stitching, while INFINITI designers have curated and crafted available wood trims for the dashboard. These trims have been treated in such a way as to retain the fundamental character and feeling of the wood and its grain – the result is more authentic in appearance than traditional high gloss, wooden veneers.
INFINITI designers have also incorporated the performance-inspired ethos of the Q50 inside the cabin, derived from the Q60 sports coupe. The steering wheel features molded positions for the driver’s thumbs and affords intuitive fingertip access to reshaped steering wheel-mounted gear-shifter paddles. A performance-oriented leather-wrapped shift knob – like the instrument panel, also bearing double-stitched seams – is surrounded by chrome trim and features an inlaid INFINITI logo.
The interior also features INFINITI’s hallmark spinal support seats that were carefully engineered to provide a consistent level of support and minimize pressure on lower and upper back muscles. Both the front and rear seats help distribute body pressure across a wider range of the upper seating surface. The roomy interior space offers ample front and rear headroom, ample rear knee room enhanced by the thin front seatback design, and wide-range front seat slide and lift adjustability.
The instrument panel honors INFINITI double-wave design tradition, with an asymmetrical flow from the top of the center cluster to the wide center console. Access to all key operations and controls – including the use of hard switches, touch panels, INFINITI Controller and INFINITI Drive Mode Selector – is designed so that the driver does not need to change driving posture.
At the heart of the center console is INFINITI InTouch Services, bringing the future of in-car connectivity to the interior of the Q50. Unlike conventional interfaces, the Q50 has two touch-capacitive color screens (LCD/VGA 8-inch upper and 7-inch lower). The system is designed to effortlessly synchronize car and driver – content and functions directed to the upper screen include the most frequently viewed applications, such as navigation, while other content is directed to the lower display screen for easy access.
The 2019 INFINITI Q50 features a choice of interior fabrics and colors, including available leather-appointed seating surfaces. Three interior colors are offered: Wheat, Graphite and Stone. Finishing off the elegant interior is a combination of Kacchu aluminum and genuine maple wood trim.
The RED SPORT 400 is further differentiated with semi-aniline quilted leather-appointed seats, red stitching throughout the cabin and quilted side inserts on the seats, as well as sporty, yet simple, dashboard dials with dark chrome finish. The adoption of more technical materials accentuate the car’s performance potential, such as aluminum with patterned surface trim on the dashboard, matte dark chrome on the doors and a black headliner for a more focused and cocooned interior. For 2019, Gallery White semi-aniline leather appointed seats are available on RED SPORT 400, which are enhanced with red contrast stitching.
Effective luggage space measures 13.2 cubic feet with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, and 13.5 cubic feet with the 3.0-liter V6.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Infiniti Q50 is a luxury sport sedan available in four trim levels: 2.0t Pure, 3.0t Luxe, 3.0t Sport, and Red Sport 400.
The 2.0t Pure starts with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED foglights, automatic wipers, selectable drive modes, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, keyless ignition and entry, power-adjustable front seats, simulated-leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, the Infiniti InTouch interface (8-inch upper touchscreen, 7-inch lower touchscreen and center console controller), two USB ports, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and satellite radio.
The 3.0t trim brings a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, while the 3.0t Luxe version offers most of the 2.0t Pure features but adds 18-inch wheels, sunroof, wood trim, and voice commands.
The 3.0t Sport variant get 19-inch wheels, performance tires, adjustable suspension settings, larger brakes, transmission paddle shifters, sportier styling, auto-dimming side mirrors, leather upholstery, aluminum interior accents, heated front sport seats with manual thigh adjustment and power bolster adjustment, driver-seat memory functions, heated power-adjustable steering wheel, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a surround-view camera, rear parking sensors, a navigation system, and a 16-speaker Bose audio system. Most of the Sport model luxury features are optional on the Luxe.
The 2019 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 has a more powerful V6 engine, unique 19-inch wheels, quilted leather upholstery, dark chrome and red stitching interior accents, and blind-spot monitoring. Some of the 3.0t Sport’s items are also standard, but not all. You have to get the Sensory package to add the power-adjustable steering wheel, auto-dimming side mirrors, driver-seat memory functions and the 16-speaker Bose audio system.
The ProActive package available for the 3.0t Sport and Red Sport 400, it includes adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind-spot warning, full stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, and a full drive-by-wire steering system.
Q50 2.0t PURE
Q50 2.0t PURE AWD
Q50 3.0t LUXE
Q50 3.0t LUXE AWD
Q50 3.0t SPORT
Q50 3.0t SPORT AWD
Q50 RED SPORT 400
Q50 RED SPORT 400 AWD