In 2014, the first-generation Q50 arrived amid INFINITI’s full lineup restructuring that gave all passenger cars “Q” prefixes and all crossovers and SUVs (QX) prefixes. The Q50 has remained mostly unchanged since its arrival. Since it remains the brand’s more popular sedan, we expect no changes again when the 2021 Q50 rolls in.
The current Q50 boasts a design that carefully blends sportiness with luxury, though it skews more toward the sporty side when you move into the performance-oriented Red Sport trim. This look stands out in a crowd with its bold grille, squinty headlights, swoopy roofline, sleek D-pillar, and carefully crafted body lines. With this look still popular among INFINITI buyers, we expect the 2021 Q50 to continue with the same design.
Inside, the current Q50 boasts an upscale cabin that includes available quilted seat bolsters, a dual-screen infotainment system, a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, and a thick center console. Like the exterior, we expect this design to remain unchanged in the 2021 Q50, despite it showing some age.
Under its hood, the current Q50 boasts a standard 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that pumps out 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Move into the Red Sport model, and the Q50’s 3.0-liter engine jumps to 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Both engines pair with a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. We expect these powertrain options to carry over to the 2021 Q50.
The current Q50 hasn’t been through full IIHS testing, but it did receive “Good” marks in the four crash tests it’s been through. Its standard automatic emergency braking also received a “Superior” rating, but it lacks pedestrian detection. Other optional safety gear includes blind-spot monitors, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, rear automatic emergency braking, and a surround-view camera system. We expect everything to remain the same in the safety department for the 2021 Q50.