There's plenty to look forward to.
If you hadn't noticed that the Infiniti Q50 still existed, we wouldn't blame you. Despite being well-designed and solidly built, it's a car that just can't quite compete with alternatives like the Acura TLX and Audi A4 have to offer. And while many of us would have expected a redesign for the sedan by now, the closest we've come is a Japan-only special edition with a few small styling changes. Still, it's not a bad-looking thing, and for the 2022 model year, Acura has tried to boost the sedan's appeal with a host of changes to the eight-year-old car's offerings.
The changes start with the death of the base model, just as it was for the 2020 model year. That means that Pure trim is gone and the new entry-point to ownership is the Luxe trim with a base price of $42,100 before a destination & handling charge of $1,025. That's not all though, as Infiniti has also decided to shower the Q50 with more standard tech. A Bose Performance Series 16-speaker audio system has been added, as has wireless Apple CarPlay and leather upholstery. However, Android Auto is still a wired system, so don't forget to pack your charging cable if you get one of these.
As for performance, all models stick with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 and seven-speed automatic combo, with the Luxe and Sensory trims developing 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Red Sport 400 still makes 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. But back to the pricing. The Q50 Sensory starts at $47,800 while the Red Sport 400 asks for $55,950. That means that the base model has increased in price by $400 while the other trims have seen a much milder $100 increase. As before, all models can be had with AWD for an extra $2,000. With an aging design and not a huge load of consumer interest, this may be the last year of the Infiniti Q50.