By on April 1, 2015

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Formerly known as the EX37, the 2016 Infiniti QX50 took Manhattan at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

At a glance, the premium crossover looks like the outgoing model, but a closer look reveals a revised front bumper and grille, LED daytime lights, refreshed side mirrors, and a new rear.

The QX50 is also longer than before, gaining 3.2 inches in the wheelbase and 4.5 inches overall for respective lengths of 113.4 inches and 186.3 inches. The increased length also lends to more interior room, jumping 8.3 cubic feet to 115.4 cubic feet inside. Rear passengers in the second row will notice the increase, thanks to a gain of 4.3 inches of legroom and 3.9 inches of rear knee room. Finally, the crossover is also higher, coming with a ground clearance of 6.9 inches for rear-driven models, 6.5 inches for the version with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Power to the back or all four corners comes from a 3.7-liter V6 delivering 325 horses and 267 lb-ft of torque, paired to a seven-speed automatic. Handling is aided by independent double-wishbone front suspension and rear independent multi-link, paired with power-assisted braking, dynamic control and traction control. Available wheel sets include 18-inch 8-spoke aluminum alloys and 19-inch split 5-spoke aluminum alloys.

Other features include: Bluetooth; leather trim; heated front seats; push-button start; optional 11-speaker Bose system; blind-spot monitoring; driver’s seat memory; and Infiniti Personal Assistant, allowing drivers 24-hour access to book hotels and dinner reservations, receive directory assistance and weather forecasts, and more from a team of professional personal assistants.

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32 Comments on “New York 2015: 2016 Infiniti QX50 Arrives...”


  • avatar

    Seriously, Infiniti, why even bother?

    • 0 avatar
      energetik9

      I know. The interior looks EXACTLY the same as when it was first introduced. Maybe their hoping a name change will make it a success because I’m not seeing much else was done.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Just an old model they’ve decided to glue things to, to drag it out a bit longer. I’m with Kyree – I wouldn’t have bothered with this. Making it longer and this and that seems like a waste of time when it’s this outdated.

    Look at the interior – it’s not current. And the wood is an afterthought, and not at all consistent with wood usage on other Infiniti vehicles.

    • 0 avatar

      The principle shortcoming of the EX/QX50 was literally its shortness. It didn’t have nearly enough rear-leg room. Personally, I find this car appealing. The tech may be behind but since Infiniti’s newest gen of infotainment kinda sucks that’s not heartbreaking. It handles well, has a great powerplant, and is a lot more useful than a G/Q50. I’m game.

  • avatar
    TrailerTrash

    I like this thing. Always have.
    To me it has always been a handsome hatch.
    If not for the small cargo area, rear vision and the seemingly poor MPG, I would own one.
    I say seemingly because not everybody thinks the MPG was bad considering the power and performance, and hopefully they are addressing with the new change.
    Seems to me they are addressing most of my issues.
    The cargo and rear passenger room is supposedly attended to.
    The HP seems pretty good so I am expecting the MPG to not be very good.
    This is, after all, a very heavy car.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Just look at current MPG figures, they’ll be the same as the current version, since the engine and trans aren’t changing.

    • 0 avatar
      lzaffuto

      I had a 2008 for 88k problem free miles and I loved it. Plenty of power, plenty practical, and fun to drive. I averaged about 18-19mpg in my bumper-to-bumper metro Atlanta commute, and 25mpg on road trips. The problem with the current model is that it needs a total replacement, not just a refresh. Also they keep pushing it towards butch CUV/SUV when really what it is and needs to be pushed to is a hatchback version of the G37/Q50 sedan… just as low with sport tuned springs, shocks and ride instead of lifted and body cladded.

      • 0 avatar
        kmoney

        I’d agree with that last part. Used to get these as the service loaner for our G. Way better handling dynamics than any of the other baby CUV’s out there. My only real beef with them is the sloped back makes the hatch/trunk area somewhat less than ideal. Still, I’d way rather have one of these than an RX or MDX or any of its other competition.

      • 0 avatar
        TrailerTrash

        was that car AWD? If so, that wasn’t bad HWY MPG.

        • 0 avatar
          lzaffuto

          No, unfortunately it was RWD, and it takes premium. At one point not long ago it was $60 per fillup (or $60 per week if you prefer). One of the reasons I don’t have it anymore.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Hideous.

    I’d pat it on the back, comfort it, then take it out back behind the barn and put it down quickly & painlessly.

    I’ve seen Inkster women with better aesthetics.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    So the AWD version has -less- ground clearance than the RWD version. Brilliant. Not that it matters much, as this has <1" greater ground clearance than many AWD sedans.

    • 0 avatar

      Again, this car was never meant for offroading of any type, so an increased ground clearance is pretty irrelevant. Surely you get this. The AWD is there so it can put the ~320HP to the ground more effectively as you take off from your suburban intersection. I don’t know anyone who expected to take this on the trails.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Great, then don’t sell it as an SUV. It has a QX designation, and thus must be considered one – and it fails as this. If it were sold as a G37QX or some such, I would have no issue with it.

        And it was more appealing in 2008, when it was current on styling!

        • 0 avatar

          Riiiiiight, because luxury hatchbacks sell SO well. They badge it as a crossover (not an “SUV”) because it is. It’s got AWD, it’s very slightly raised. There’s an enormous list of CUVs that are basically hatchbacks with AWD these days, and this is not unique among them. It is necessary to sell them though, as Audi learned with the A3 hatchback.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I’m sure it’ll fly off the lots now then. ;)

          • 0 avatar

            Well, no we know it won’t. But it will more often than if Infiniti was trying to convince people to pay $60k for a hatchback. Come on Corey, you know this game…it is played out by every single current luxury and non-luxury automaker.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            And that’s fine too – I know it’s what they have to do. I just don’t find this car particularly appealing. I have never liked it, and this lipstick on an old pig doesn’t work for me.

            However, it’s a rather cheap way to get a 3.7 though, starting at $35k. And when you look at what kind of SUV you get from GM for $35, it looks even better.

          • 0 avatar

            Frankly, I’ve never found this car particularly great looking either, but it’s what’s under the skin that counts for me.

            Good value used, RWD architecture, great power and performance either new or used. Reliable, moderately luxurious, quite refined. I’ll take those weird headlights any day over the current RDX for those benefits.

        • 0 avatar
          energetik9

          Corey – I agree. The truth is (according to me), this isn’t an SUV. It’s a sedan with a heightened roof line. Execpt that the sedan is a better car.

          My wife looked at one of the previous generation. Once we realized how useless the rear trunk(?) space was, we moved on to some real SUVs.

          I’m a little surprised at how much this car really is the 2008 version. All I see is a new grill, new headlights, and a new name.

  • avatar
    amancuso

    And nobody cared…

  • avatar
    PriusV16

    Looks like it was designed at the end of the 1990s.

    To many round lines; too un-distinctive.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I’d call that a plus.

    • 0 avatar
      TrailerTrash

      Rounded is waaaayyy cooler for me. In fact all these modern chiseled looks are killing me. It is all so manly and evil/lien looking today.
      This car is manly…yes, I said it…yet smooth.
      It is another reason I loved the short on this planet Pontiac Solstice over the Saturn, whatever its name was.

  • avatar
    Carrera

    I think it looks kind of hot. Better than any of the “Predator” Lexus offerings that’s for sure.

    • 0 avatar
      bkmurph

      +1. I like it because it’s somewhat classy and restrained. I realize, however, that most shoppers would rather have what’s edgy, trendy, modern, even if it’s ugly or it ages quickly.

  • avatar
    CGHill

    This is the only Infiniti currently on my radar, exactly because it’s an ancient, atavistic throwback. (Then again, my daily driver is an I30 about to turn sweet sixteen.)

  • avatar
    swilliams41

    While its not a huge leap from the outgoing model I am happy Infiniti did not “ugly ” up this CUV like their counterparts at Nissan. Anytime I see a new Nissan I wretch a little and look for a “Art and Science” Cadillac to cleanse my visual palate. I remember the first G35 coupe and sedan, clean and graceful styling. Now its bulges everywhere.

    The old FX35/45 looked like a frog but a cute frog. The Juke….arghhhhhh! I do not get it but I guess they have to change. I am glad post Bangle BMW is coming back to their styling senses. Can we have exciting style without using the ugly stick?

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