GT-R-inspired looks suit the luxury sedan.
Infiniti sold over 34,000 units of the Q50 in 2018, meaning plenty of people are familiar with the compact luxury sedan. But in Nissan's home market of Japan, the Q50 isn't actually sold as an Infiniti, but rather as the Nissan Skyline. Since detaching the GT-R name from the Skyline nameplate back in 2007, the Skyline has gone on to be sold as a rebadged version of the Infiniti G35, G37, and now the Q50. Recently, Nissan even announced a major update to its ProPILOT system, enabling the Skyline to drive on a single-lane highway without any driver inputs.
The Q50 (Skyline) hasn't been majorly updated since 2016 and now Nissan has announced a significant facelift for the Japan-only Skyline version. So far, these changes are for the Japanese market only but it wouldn't be surprising if they eventually made their way to the US-market Q50.
So what's new on the facelifted Skyline that we might have to look forward to on a future Q50 update? For starters, the Infiniti badge (which acted as the Skyline logo in Japan) is now gone and has been replaced by the Nissan emblem, making the Skyline more recognizable as a Nissan product. Along with the new badge, Nissan has incorporated its signature V-Motion grille, which resembles the GT-R sports car.
The Nissan badge isn't just for show, it also houses the radar sensor for the new ProPILOT 2.0 system. This semi-autonomous system, much like Cadillac's SuperCruise, allows the driver to take their hands off the steering wheel for single-lane highway cruising. There is even a camera inside to make sure the driver is paying attention to the road.
Nissan will offer the Skyline in four grades, GT, GT Type P, GT Type SP, and 400R, many of which have US equivalents with the Q50. The 400R (similar to the Q50 Red Sport) is the most potent with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 400 horsepower. Even though none of these changes have been confirmed for the US market, it seems like the obvious move for Inifiniti to update the Q50 with the new ProPILOT 2.0 system.