Going by the single picture of the 2018 Q50, cosmetic changes are limited to the front bumper, particularly around the lower grille which now has a smiling appearance.
According to Infiniti, the ‘refreshed’ look also extends to the interior, though don’t expect too much to be different.
The most significant changes to Infiniti’s most popular model have occurred under the skin where a host of “innovative technologies that empower and support the driver, taking a holistic approach to performance” have been introduced.
These include semi-autonomous technology, which the company has christened ProPILOT and will be the system that all future Infiniti autonomous drive technologies will be based.
Details about its capabilities are still sketchy, however it will include a second-generation of its steer-by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering with more direct steering responses and easier manoeuvrability than the current model.
The unique steering system has been controversial, but Infiniti insists that by skipping the mechanical middle man, the technology will be better suited to fully autonomous driving when that technology becomes available.
Life under the bonnet will remain unchanged powerplants including the 3.5-litre V6-based hybrid and 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 from the VR powertrain family, in 224kW and 298kW guises, which made the 2017 Ward’s ‘10 Best Engines’ list.