Sedan class is having a hard time. The battle against crossovers and SUVs is taking charge. For example, Ford already discontinued its cars, while other manufacturers are thinking the same way. Infiniti already dropped Q70 mid-size model, while the compact Q50 is adapting to the new situation. Engineers decided to cut down some units, and the 2021 Infiniti Q50 is going to be available with a V6 engine only.
The lack of engine options the company will try to make up with a wide trim offer. The new sedan is available in five versions, and each of them is going to use a rear-wheel drive as standard mode, and AWD as an optional upgrade.
We believe the 2021 Infiniti Q50 is not taking any big updates inside and outside the vehicle. Definitely, sales determine the priority of redesigns. Nowadays, the entire focus is on the crossover and SUV classes. The carmaker presented a new concept for their best-selling models, QX60 and QX80. The Monograph platform will underpin the new generations of vehicles that arrive in 2021. The Q50 was refreshed in 2018. Only small changes are coming for the new model.
No More 2.0 Engine, a V6 Is The Only Option
So, Infiniti is waving goodbye to a four-cylinder engine borrowed from Mercedes. A 2.0-liter unit was good for 210 hp. In the future, the compact sedan will use only a 3.0-l turbo powerplant. Owners of the 2021 Infiniti Q50 will get 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The outgoing engine managed to return 26 mpg combined, while the larger powertrain can do 24 mpg with FWD. An AWD will consume more fuel, and the rating is only 1 mpg worse.
You will find all models using a V6 with a 3.0T badge. The engine sends power to rear wheels. Optionally, buyers can opt for a four-wheel drive which boosts traction and balance. A power router remains the same. Engineers are using a seven-speed auto gearbox. We are still expecting news about the Red Sport model. This one came with the special tuning of the V6 engine which increased power outputs to 400 hp.
2021 Infiniti Q50 Models and Accessories
The base model for the 2021 Infiniti Q50 remains Pure. This version is already luxurious and it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features. Infiniti is going to update the infotainment system soon. The new generation will be out next season and all models for 2021 will carry the novelties. The base version of the sedan is using 17-inch wheels. Inside, you will find dual-zone climate control, leatherette upholstery, and 8-way power front buckets. Infotainment definitely needs update since the current entry-level model is using a 6-speaker audio system and it also comes with two USB ports.
Standard features for the 2021 Infiniti Q50 Luxe are 18-inch wheels, unique interior design, and improved infotainment with the Homelink Transceiver system. Automatic headlights are also using DRLs. The moonroof is one of the most notable upgrades for the Luxe trim.
Edition 30 comes with a unique package of the upgrade. Special dark chrome exterior will make it different from other versions. Of course, there is a lot of badging around the vehicle, including kick plates on doors. Wheels are larger than for the Luxe model and the black grille makes the appearance more aggressive. Leather upholstery replaces leatherette, power lumbar is available for the driver’s seat, and heating is there for front buckets and steering wheel.
The 2021 Infiniti Q50 Sport upgrades the Edition 30 with more accessories. That makes it $5,000 more expensive. For example, we have a premium Bose audio with 16 speakers, Essential and ProAssist packages, sporty seats, and 19-inch unique wheels.
2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400
The 2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 will remain the most expensive offer. This one upgrades the previous model with more power at first place. The same 3.0-liter turbo-six engine is tuned to burst 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. This is already a significant boost. The top of the line trim is available in red color. Also, it adds the Dark Chrome theme for interior, paddle shifters, and red contrasting stitching for leather seats. Navigation, 8-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth audio, sonar cameras, and many more is available for the Q50 Red Sport sedan.
2021 Infiniti Q50 Pricing
Until the discontinuation of a four-cylinder engine, the base price for the Q50 was $35,500, while the V6 models started at $40,000. Now, the Pure package is a 3.0t badged and its starting cost is just under $37,000. All-wheel drive will cost you $2,000 on all trim levels. If you add another $2,000, you can get a Luxe version. Edition 30 costs $44,000 and more, while the Q50 Sport is not going to be cheaper than $49,000. The most luxurious offer comes with Red Sport 400 model. Extra power and accessories will cost $55,000 and the fully-loaded version reaches $62,000.