What’s New For INFINITI’s 2018 Model Year

November 22nd, 2017 by



Each year, INFINITI wows customers with desirable updates and new models, and 2018 is no exception. This model year includes significant improvements to the Q50 sports sedan and the QX80 SUV. What should you be on the lookout for in 2018? INFINITI reveals, “Later this year, watch for the unveiling of an all-new 2019 QX50, which is based on the QX50 Concept that made its global debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.” Check out INFINITI’s descriptions of their 2018 lineup!


INFINITI’s best-selling model, the Q50 sports sedan, receives an updated exterior treatment with new front and rear fascias for PURE and LUXE models and a specific one for the 3.0t SPORT and RED SPORT 400, giving these models a more aggressive stance. There is also a revised and more refined front grille, headlights and taillights, new 18-inch wheels for LUXE, new 19-inch wheels for SPORT models, and black mirror caps for the Q50 RED SPORT 400.


The refined Q50 interior offers a new stitched upper instrument panel, red seat stitching and seat quilting on RED SPORT 400 models. The available paddle shifters have been moved from the steering column and are now incorporated in a new steering wheel.


Finally, the Q50 has new model and option package naming for 2018, with the previous 2.0t now named 2.0t PURE and the former 2.0t Premium now called 2.0t LUXE. New package names include Essential, Sensory, ProASSIST and ProACTIVE.


The wide range of Q50 powertrain choices remains unchanged for 2018 and includes:


Four 2.0-liter turbo models: Q50 2.0t PURE, Q50 2.0t PURE AWD, Q50 2.0t LUXE and Q50 2.0t LUXE AWD


Four 300-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo models: Q50 3.0t LUXE, Q50 3.0t LUXE AWD, Q50 3.0t SPORT and Q50 3.0t SPORT AWD


Two 3.5-liter Hybrid models: Q50 Hybrid LUXE and Q50 Hybrid LUXE AWD


The 400-horsepower Q50 RED SPORT 400 and Q50 RED SPORT 400 AWD




Following its highly successful re-launch for 2017, the Q60 sport coupe receives one new exterior color, Solar Mica, and new 20-inch wheels with non-run flat tires for the RED SPORT 400. The 3.0t SPORT model’s 19-inch wheels feature a new machined face with gloss-black painted pockets, and tire width has increased from 245 mm to 255 mm.


The Q60 also adopts the global model and packaging naming, including the use of PURE and LUXE model names and Sensory, ProASSIST and ProACTIVE package naming.


Three engines are again available for 2018: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo rated at 208 horsepower; 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo rated at 300 horsepower; and 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo rated at 400 horsepower.


A total of Ten Q60 models are offered:


Four 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo models: Q60 2.0t PURE, Q60 2.0t PURE AWD, Q60 2.0t LUXE and Q60 2.0t LUXE AWD


Four 300-horsepower, 3.0t twin-turbo V6 models: Q60 3.0t LUXE, Q60 3.0t LUXE AWD, Q60 3.0t SPORT and Q60 3.0t SPORT AWD


The 400-horsepower Q60 RED SPORT 400 and RED SPORT 400 AWD




The flagship Q70 and Q70L (long wheelbase) luxury sedans feature revised model naming with LUXE added to all 3.7 V6 and 5.6 V8 models. New package naming includes Essential, Sensory and ProACTIVE. In addition, the INFINITI InTouch™ single display is now standard on all Q70 models.


The 2018 Q70 is available with a choice of three powerplants: 330-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, 420-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 and the Q70 hybrid powertrain.


The Q70 is offered in five standard wheelbase models: Q70 3.7 LUXE, Q70 3.7 LUXE AWD, Q70 5.6 LUXE, Q70 5.6 LUXE AWD and Q70 Hybrid LUXE.


The Q70L long wheelbase is offered in four models: Q70L 3.7 LUXE, Q70L 3.7 LUXE AWD, Q70L 5.6 LUXE and Q70L 5.6 LUXE AWD.


With its balance of coupe sportiness, crossover utility and 5-door versatility, the QX30 returns for its second model year with no significant changes. QX30 comes standard with a 208-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and 7-speed dual clutch transmission.


The QX30 is offered in four front-wheel-drive models: QX30, QX30 Luxury, QX30 Premium and QX30 Sport, plus two Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive equipped models: QX30 Luxury AWD and QX30 Premium AWD.


Available driver assistance technologies include Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control and Intelligent Park Assist.


The QX50 is unchanged while preparations are underway for an all-new 2019 QX50. There will not be a 2018 model.


The QX50 is offered in two models: QX50 and QX50 AWD. Both come equipped with a standard 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and 7-speed automatic transmission.


The popular, highly awarded QX60 crossover comes equipped with a standard 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 direct injection engine and an electronically controlled CVT with D-Step Logic.


It is offered in two models: QX60 3.5 RWD and QX60 3.5 AWD. The QX60 Hybrid model will not be offered for the 2018 model year.


The flagship of INFINITI’s SUV lineup, the QX80, receives an extensive update for 2018. New refinements for the luxury full-size SUV will be announced toward the end of 2017.


Test drive a 2018 INFINITI model today at Baker Motor Company in West Ashley.


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