Infiniti will add its new ProPilot self-driving system to the 2018 Q50 as part of a mid-cycle update of the entry luxury sedan, the automaker announced at the Geneva auto show.
Infiniti hasn't gone into detail about the system, but said it will allow drivers to more easily navigate on highways and keep track of the position of surrounding vehicles. The 2018 Q50 will also offer the next generation of Infiniti's semi-autonomous Direct Adaptive Steering system that will serve as a foundation for full autonomy. The system attempts to eliminate mechanical parts in the steering system.
The vehicle will also include Active Lane Control, which activates when the vehicle is traveling faster than 45 mph. It uses a camera system to keep the vehicle from straying from its lane.
The 2018 Q50 is powered by three engine options. The 3.0L V-6 is available in two power ratings, including 300 hp and 400 hp. Buyers can also select a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that makes 208 hp. A hybrid model pairs a 3.5L V-6 that makes 302 hp with a 50-kilowatt electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack for a combined power output of 360 hp.
Infiniti will initially offer the 2018 Q50 in Japan. It will be available in the U.S. by July 1.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet