New 2016 Infiniti QX50 Unveiled at NYAIS with Bigger Luxury Interior
The Infiniti QX50 was one of the first compact crossovers to enter the luxury market when it was introduced about a decade ago. It was also the first vehicle to feature the Nissan-Infiniti AroundView monitor, now a staple among many of the company's vehicles. For 2016, the QX50 gets significant updates, including a larger wheelbase and a bigger interior, but it retains the powerful V6 and proven transmission it had before.
Focusing on luxury, comfort, and sport driving, the 2016 Infiniti QX50 retains the 3.7-liter V6 and seven-speed automatic transmission that it has used for years, available in either front- or all-wheel drive. This produces 325 horsepower for the compact crossover.
New elements include a new exterior design for the 2016 QX50, bringing it forward and in line with the Q50 and Q70 sedans. A new fascia, updated side sills, and a completely new rear fascia are parts of that upgrade. A new 19-inch alloy wheel is also added.
Inside is where the biggest changes, literally, have happened for the 2016 Infiniti QX50. The crossover has, overall, gained 3.2 inches in the wheelbase, which has added 4.3-inches of extra legroom for the second row and another 2.7 cubic feet of cargo with total interior volume increasing by 8.3 cubic feet.
"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 Infiniti Design Director Alfonso Albaisa.