The Japanese automaker counts on the Q50 as its top selling vehicle around the world, which is perhaps maybe the reason behind the conservative approach to the mid life-cycle refresh that premiered in front of the worldwide audience of the Geneva Motor Show.
While the profile essentially remains the same, seeing the updated Q50 from the front might reveal some of the changes – such as refreshed lower air intakes with new driving lamps and a modified grille with deeper detailing for the mesh pattern. There are also new LED headlights for better visibility and slightly tweaked LED tail lamps taking inspiration from the Q60. The automaker is also making the standard and performance versions stand more apart from each other – the Sport and Red Sport 400 models have a different front bumper, complete with wider air intakes and a more prominent aerofoil at the base.
Inside the cabin, the modifications are again on a subtle level – a new steering wheel again inspired by the Q60 comes as a sportier options, new “spinal support seats” and further differentiation for the Red Sport 400 via red stitching and quilted side inserts on the seats, as well as a matte chrome finish for the trim around the gauges. Meanwhile, the same powertrain options can be found inside the revised Q50, but clients do get a technical enhancement – namely the ProPilot semi-autonomous driving tech, which allows for self-driving during stop and go traffic or single lane highway driving.