Despite being one of the first compact luxury crossovers when it debuted in 2008, the Infiniti QX50 (née EX) never really caught on in the market and recorded a paltry 2,727 sales in 2014. To bring some attention back to its smallest crossover, Infiniti is rolling out some tweaks to the 2016 Infiniti QX50
at the New York auto show.
Most of the changes to this U.S.-market 2016 Infiniti QX50 were already revealed on the Chinese-market version of the car earlier this year, and the big news is a 3.2-inch longer wheelbase. This gives the car 8.3 cubic feet more overall interior room, a welcome change from the outgoing Infiniti QX50
which had a cramped rear seat. The compact crossover is now roomier, taller, and longer than before, with rear legroom up 4.3 inches, overall length up 4.5 inches, and ground clearance up 0.4 inch for RWD models and 0.6 inch for AWD models.
Accompanying the size change is an updated exterior look that’s meant to bring the QX50 in line with Infiniti’s design language shown on models like the Q50 and Q70
. The front end has a reshaped grille, and the more aggressive front fascia incorporates plenty of chrome trim around the new foglights and LED accent lights. The rear end also has a different fascia that now has an aluminum-look lower skid plate.
Otherwise, the QX50 still rides on the same platform as the previous-generation Infiniti G37 sedan, and comes with rear-wheel drive as standard or all-wheel drive as an option. The 3.7-liter V-6 engine carries over as well, and directs 325 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque through a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The 2016 Infiniti QX50 lineup is streamlined compared to last year, as it’s available now in QX50 and QX50 AWD models. Instead of the outgoing car’s Journey trim, options like adaptive cruise control, navigation, a Bose audio system, and various active safety features offered as part of the car’s Premium, Premium Plus, Deluxe Touring, and Technology packages.
This updated QX50 will also soon be joined by an even smaller Infiniti QX30 crossover
that’s slated to arrive in the U.S. later this year. This will give the Infiniti brand five SUV models in its lineup, which also includes the three-row QX60, the sporty QX70, and the full-size QX80.
Don’t expect the 2016 Infiniti QX50’s pricing to change too much from the current model’s $35,995 starting price. Stay tuned for more information on the QX50 as we near its on-sale date later this year.