Infiniti QX50

Debuting at the 2015 New York Auto Show, Infiniti has big plans to refresh the QX50 for 2016, in hopes of rebooting the crossover after its struggle to sell competing against its German and American counterparts. The new QX50 will be offered in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive and comes with four available option packages, each with their own unique enhancements. Base MSRP $35,995


Infiniti has beefed up the former EX37’s exterior, adding a new front and rear bumper fascia design, new LED accents in the new headlights and taillights, and new, more aggressive grille that is more cohesive with the brand’s current design language. A Xenon headlight package is offered from Infiniti as an available option. Other dimensional changes add to the appeal of the crossover, with the most notable being a 3.2-inch stretch in its wheelbase and a 4.5-inch increase in the total height. Newly designed 22-inch rims compliment the muscular new curves and lines of the QX50. A roof rack comes standard on all variants of the QX50 to allow for ease of usability when wanting to mount bicycles, skis, or storage totes.


The interior of the QX50 remains mostly unchanged form last year’s model, except for a few small technological additions. There is more extra space in the second row for the passengers as well as some updated technology in terms of the Navigation and Lane Assist devices. Plush leather and fine wood trim compliment the rest of the interior perfectly.


Unchanged from previous models, the 3.7-liter V6 power the QX50, producing 325 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of the drivetrain, RWD or AWD, a 7-speed transmission manages the shifting. Reaching 60 mph takes only 6.5 seconds and will accelerate up to an electronically limited 140 mph.


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