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2018 Infiniti Q50 debuts at Geneva with mild facelift

Infiniti has used the 2017 Geneva Motor Show to unveil the lightly facelifted Q50 mid-size luxury sedan, bringing in more advanced technology and a refreshed interior and exterior design.

Starting with the interior changes, Infiniti has made only discreet updates, including adding unique stitching a “authentic materials”, while some new “spinal support” seats are brought in.

For the exterior there are some minor tweaks, but perhaps the biggest change is further separation between each variant grade. For example, the flagship Red Sport 400 gets a black front spoiler and unique fog light clusters with LEDs. There’s also a new front bumper bar and some LED headlights and taillights.

The Red Sport 400 continues with the class-leading 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine – in terms of power output – churning out 298kW and 475Nm. This is sent through a seven-speed sports automatic with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available as an option in some markets.

Engineers have extended on the Q50’s Direct Adaptive fully-electric steering by introducing a new ProPILOT Assist package. This brings the car closer to autonomous driving capability, offering complete adaptive cruise control.

The new model will go on sale during the second quarter of this year, with Australian entry confirmed for later in the year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.