What Is It?
2016 Infiniti QX50
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Infiniti QX50 now rides on a longer wheelbase for more passenger room. It also gets a fully updated exterior along with a revised cabin that brings it into line with the Q50 sedan. The drivetrain carries over largely unchanged, so it's still powered by a 3.7-liter V6 paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to either the rear wheels or all four wheels.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Expect to see the QX50 in dealers this fall.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
There are two basic styles for the QX50: rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Both offer four options packages: Premium, Premium Plus, Deluxe Touring and Technology.
The Premium package adds things like a Bose audio system, power-adjustable steering wheel and memory settings for the driver and front passenger. With Premium Plus you get a navigation system, parking sensors and a 360-degree-view camera.
Adding the Deluxe Touring package gives the QX a slightly different look on the outside thanks to 19-inch wheels and xenon headlights. It also adds upgraded front seats and a power-folding rear seat. The Technology package adds several safety-related features like a blind-spot warning system, forward collision warning, lane departure prevention and adaptive cruise control.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 3.7-liter V6: 325 horsepower, 267 pound-feet of torque
- Seven-speed automatic transmission standard
- Rear- or all-wheel drive
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
To get the latest safety features, you need to add the Technology package. It combines lane departure warning and prevention, blind-spot assist, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control to give you comprehensive active protection.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi Q3: Although the Q3 rides a little taller than the QX50, it's still similar in terms of its size and purpose. It only comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, so fuel efficiency is excellent.
BMW X1: Like the GLA, the X1 is on the smaller side of the spectrum. What it lacks in space it makes up for in agility and efficiency.
Mercedes-Benz GLA: This small crossover isn't as big as the QX50 on the outside, but it does have a surprisingly spacious interior. There's also a high-powered GLA45 model if you want something with serious punch.
Should You Wait for It?
If you like the current model but find its interior too cramped, the new model is worth a look. If the overall look and feel don't appeal to you now, however, this new version isn't likely to change your opinion much.