2016 Infiniti QX50 receives new updates at the 2015 New York Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 3, 2015

The Infiniti QX50 is getting ready for the 2016 model year and the updated crossover was just introduced at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The first visual impact with the vehicle shows a new front bumper and lower front fascia, new LED daytime running lights, new signature Infiniti-style double-arch fornt grille, new side mirrors and integrated LED turn signals as well as updated side sill styling.

At the rear we find a new bumper and lower fascia. Meanwhile, there are new 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels added as part of Deluxe Touring Package. Infiniti says that the wheelbase length was increased by 3.2 inches to 113,4 inches, while the overall length increased by 4.5 inches to 186.8 inches.

As a result, the 2016 Infiniti QX50 offers an 8.3 cubic feet increase in interior volume (115.4 cubic feet total), while the rear legroom grows by 4.3 inches and rear knee room is boosted by 3.9 inches. Furthermore, ground clearance was enhanced by 6.9 inches (+0.4 inches) for rear-wheel drive models and to 6.5 inches (+0.8 inches) for all-wheel drive models.

The updated QX50 will be offered with a choice of seven exterior colours: Malbec Black, Midnight Garnet, Graphite Shadow, Liquid Platinum, Black Obsidian, Moonlight White and new Hagane Blue.

Under the hood, we find a 3.7-liter V6 engine producing 325 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, bolted to a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, DS mode with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) and Adaptive Shift Control. Infiniti will offer the 2016 QX50 in tow models: QX50 and WX50 AWD, with four option packages.

Premium Package includes the Bose Premium Audio system with 11 spealers, Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster air purifier, dual occupant memory system for driver’s seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel, entry/exit assist for driver’s seat and steering wheel, outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature, auto dimming inside mirror with HomeLink Universal Transceiver Maple interior accents, power tilt and telescopic steering column and aluminum roof rails.

Premium Plus Package adds the Infiniti Hard Driver Navigation, Around View Monitor (AVW), as well as Front and Rear Sonar System. Deluxe Touring Packages adds 19-inch split 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights, Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) with auto-leveling headlights, 2-way power driver's seat lumbar support, coat hanger on driver's seat head restraint, 8-way power passenger's seat, power up-folding 2nd row seats, meter hood with premium stitching.

The Technology Package features Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Blind Spot Warning (BSW).

Interior Design

The interior features the Infiniti signature “double-wave” instrument panel, a 7-inch color display with Infiniti controller for the trip computer and additional vehicle information, an available Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System that includes a colour touch-screen display, Lane Guidance and 3-D building graphics, NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather with Real-Time Weather Information and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth wireless technology.

All QX50 models get aluminum interior accents with available maple interior accents. Also as an option, Infiniti offers the Bose Premium Audio System which includes 11 speakers (including 2 subwoofers), AM/FM/CD in-dash changer and USB connection port for iPod or other compatible devices.

Models fitted with Premium Plus Package receive the advanced Around View Monitor (AVM), which uses four-small cameras located at the front, side and rear in order to give the driver a virtual 360 degrees view. Seats are wrapped with standard leather surfaces and are available in three colors: Graphite, Wheat and Chestnut.

Press Release

Infiniti reveals 2016 QX50 luxury crossover at New York International Auto Show

Infiniti revealed two crossovers today at the New York International Auto Show – the updated 2016 QX50 luxury compact crossover and QX30 Concept. Both vehicles were presented by Infiniti Design Director Alfonso Albaisa.

The 2016 Infiniti QX50, which was one of the first luxury compact crossovers and continues to be one of the most powerful, features new exterior styling, an extended wheelbase and more than eight cubic feet of additional interior room. It is scheduled to go on sale in North America in fall 2015.

The QX50's new front end brings its appearance more in line with the design language that first appeared in the Infiniti Q50 and Q70 – including its new LED Daytime Running Lights and LED fog lights. There's also a new side sill design, a new rear fascia, LED side mirror turn signals and a new 19-inch wheel design. The QX50 wheelbase has been extended by 3.2 inches, with most of the gain – 4.3 inches of additional legroom – felt by rear seat passengers. Overall, interior volume has been increased by 8.3 cubic feet, including an additional 2.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

"The QX50 was one of the first luxury compact crossovers, foreshadowing one of the hottest segments in the auto industry right now. It was the first vehicle to offer our innovative Around View Monitor. And it remains one of the most powerful and versatile personal crossovers you can buy. The enhancements for 2016 keep it fresh and competitive," said Albaisa.

As in previous years, the 2016 QX50 is equipped with a standard 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine and a 7-speed automatic transmission. It is offered two models – QX50 and QX50 AWD with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive – and with several optional equipment packages that have also been revised for 2016.

The Infiniti QX30 Concept, Infiniti's design vision that will inspire a new premium compact crossover, cements Infiniti's ambitions to expand into the this segment which is forecast for significant growth with the entry of younger, affluent customers.

Combining the sleek lines of the coupe with the command seating position and all-wheel drive of a crossover, the QX30 Concept is designed to be an urban explorer – one that stands apart in style and substance and in the sophistication of its proportions and form.

"The QX30 Concept's sleek, exterior shape is composed of bold sections, each marked by deep, upward cuts – intersections that create Infiniti's hallmark 'dual wave' effect," said Albaisa. "The athletic silhouette is sleek and sinuous, and the aerodynamic design provides a showcase for QX30 Concept's confident attitude."

Inside the futuristic exterior, the warm, authentic and inviting interior is designed to engage emotionally with the vehicle's occupants. All four seats have been streamlined, to convey a "suspended" look, evoking the feeling of taut and toned athleticism.

"By keeping the seats slim, we've enhanced the impression of shared space within the cabin. Because we have narrowed the typical expanse that exists between driver and passengers, the interior becomes a place for occupants to connect with one another. And, with its rich, brown leathers and soothing blue accents, the darker interior environment dovetails nicely with the sturdy, outdoors appearance of the exterior," added Albaisa.

A production version of the Infiniti QX30 Concept has been announced as launching in calendar year 2016.

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