Infinity Q50 The sedan continues in 2023 without the support of its coupe sibling, the Q60. There are only three small changes on the approach, one of which is an addition Infinity Premium Care. Extended to every Infiniti sold or rented in the US, Premium Care is a regular maintenance program for items such as oil and filter changes, tire rotations and inspections for up to three years. The second change is a higher price, with the Q50 starting at $43,725 including a $1,075 surcharge, a $610 increase over the 2022 model. MSRPs for the three trim levels next year and the differences from 2022:

  • Q50 Luxe: $43,725 ($610)
  • Q50 Touch: $49,425 ($400)
  • Q50 Red Sport 400: $57,575 ($600)

The latest change is the availability of the Saddle Brown interior, which previously required the upgrade to Sensory. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive can be added to any trim for $2,000. The twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 holds steady at 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque for the Luxe and Sensory, or 400 hp. and 350 lb-ft for the Red Sport 400, shifting through a seven-speed automatic regardless of output.

It’s possible that there are more people who want to know where the Q50 is going than they want to buy a car. The brand sold 8,482 Q50s in the first half of 2021, but only 3,717 units in the first half of this year. The peak came in 2016, when 44,007 units were produced that year, two years after the sedan went on sale, and the 2023 model has been sitting for 10 years. They talked about the brand potentially a new electrified platform for the sedan in 2018, but in 2021 Nikkei Asia reported parent company Nissan would be the cessation of development of all sedans in Japan except Skyline.

The Q50 seems to be running circles around a dead-end product, knowing there’s no point in updating the current generation or developing a new one. But the car on sale just lowers the prices; unlike much of the rest of the market, you can save real money on a one- or two-year-old Q50. Perhaps when the electric revolution takes hold in 2027 or 2028, we could see a return to the hot Infiniti sedans of yesteryear.

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