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2018 Infiniti QX50

2018 Infiniti QX50
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The QX50 Concept has mutated into a pre-production prototype, but looks like it will have some common DNA

It’s no secret the QX50 hasn’t exactly lived up to the expectations that Infiniti set for it, ultimately prompting an intensive update for the 2016 model year. Come 2017, and we were staring the Infiniti QX50 concept in the face at the Detroit Auto Show. Only a couple months have passed since then, and now we’re looking at spy shots of the first prototype of the next-gen QX50 putting in work on public roads. While it’s heavily covered in camo and padding, we can still make out some styling cues, and as luck would have it, it looks like it will get at least some of the design DNA we saw in the QX50 concept. Of course, it won’t have those cool electronic door poppers and the overall styling will be toned down a bit, but it should be a huge departure from the current model and could very well give the SUV a chance at survival in an overcrowded market.

Now, before we go too far into it, the new QX50 will be based on a couple of different models. See, the next-gen QX50 is based on the QX50 Concept, which happens to be based on the QX Sport Inspiration Concept that was showcased at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. So, as you can see, the next-gen QX50 will have some pretty significant DNA heritage when it finally disrobes. There’s no official timetable, so we can’t say for sure when it will make its official debut, but the Frankfurt Auto Show in September isn’t out of the question, with customer deliveries kicking off sometime in the first half of 2018. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and see what we can spot through all over the camo on this prototype.

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U.S. pricing unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

Unveiled in the second half of 2017, the Infiniti QX50 is no longer a novelty, but the Japanese firm had it on display at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show and used the event to reveal U.S. pricing and a new reservation program for customers. The latter gives customers the opportunity to reserve the reserve the vehicle during the pre-launch phase and receive upgraded luxury gifts as the number of reservations increase.

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Infiniti QX50 Brings Innovative Turbo Engine to Los Angeles

Infiniti QX50 Brings Innovative Turbo Engine to Los Angeles

It has semi-autonomous drive too

Although it was on the market for only four years, the first-generation QX50 was in dire need of a redesign. That’s probably because it wasn’t significantly different than its predecessor, the EX, which was introduced in 2007. Come 2017, and we have a brand-new QX50 on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2019 Infiniti QX50 Gets new Technology, Similar Look

2019 Infiniti QX50 Gets new Technology, Similar Look

Infiniti has announced the new QX50 ahead of its L.A. Auto Show debut featuring slightly revised looks and Infiniti’s new VC-Turbo four-cylinder engine. It rides on an all-new platform that brings more interior space and more structural rigidity. To top it off, Infiniti promises a “powerful, handcrafted interior” and all of the new ProPILOT technologies that will allow autonomous, single-lane driving.

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Infiniti Teases New Car For 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

Infiniti Teases New Car For 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

It looks like the second-generation QX50

The 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show is just around the corner, and some automakers are already giving us hints of what to expect. Infiniti is among them, and it just launched a new teaser for what it calls its "most advanced car ever." The brand doesn’t give out the vehicle’s name, but the teaser shows part of the front grille and a headlamp, and based on these details it appears to be a crossover. Most likely, it’s the next-generation QX50. Launched as the EX in 2007, the QX was last redesigned in 2013. Granted, it’s not very old, but it’s one of the last Infinitis to sport the company’s previous design language. It feels old compared to other models, so a redesign for 2018 makes a lot of sense.

It’s pretty obvious from the teaser that the new QX50 will find its place in the current lineup. It has the massive grille with a honeycomb mesh and much skinnier headlamps. The latter are unlike other headlamps seen so far on Infinitis, being made of four different square LED elements and J-shaped daytime LED strips. I can also spot vertical intakes at the corners, which should give the front fascia a menacing look. Specific information is not yet available, but the brand says it will boast "world-first technologies" and "class-leading interior space." We should find out more at the end of the month so make sure you stick around for updates and a full review.

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2018 Infiniti QX50

2018 Infiniti QX50

The QX50 Concept has mutated into a pre-production prototype, but looks like it will have some common DNA

It’s no secret the QX50 hasn’t exactly lived up to the expectations that Infiniti set for it, ultimately prompting an intensive update for the 2016 model year. Come 2017, and we were staring the Infiniti QX50 concept in the face at the Detroit Auto Show. Only a couple months have passed since then, and now we’re looking at spy shots of the first prototype of the next-gen QX50 putting in work on public roads. While it’s heavily covered in camo and padding, we can still make out some styling cues, and as luck would have it, it looks like it will get at least some of the design DNA we saw in the QX50 concept. Of course, it won’t have those cool electronic door poppers and the overall styling will be toned down a bit, but it should be a huge departure from the current model and could very well give the SUV a chance at survival in an overcrowded market.

Now, before we go too far into it, the new QX50 will be based on a couple of different models. See, the next-gen QX50 is based on the QX50 Concept, which happens to be based on the QX Sport Inspiration Concept that was showcased at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. So, as you can see, the next-gen QX50 will have some pretty significant DNA heritage when it finally disrobes. There’s no official timetable, so we can’t say for sure when it will make its official debut, but the Frankfurt Auto Show in September isn’t out of the question, with customer deliveries kicking off sometime in the first half of 2018. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and see what we can spot through all over the camo on this prototype.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Infiniti QX50.

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2017 Infiniti QX50 Concept

2017 Infiniti QX50 Concept

Previews the next-gen SUV and the world’s first production engine with variable compression ratio

Introduced back in 2007 as the company’s first compact crossover, the QX50 was known as the EX up until 2013. The renamed vehicle went on sale in the U.S. as a 2014 model and, for 2016, it received a new facelift and enhanced rear seat legroom. Although praised for its roomy interior and rich standard equipment list, the QX50 is often criticized for being nearly as expensive as its BMW and Mercedes-Benz competitors and for its somewhat dated exterior design. The latter will change starting 2017, when Infiniti is set to introduce the second-generation model.

But before the production model hits the streets, Infiniti introduced the QX50 concept.

Showcased at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the QX50 concept is heavily based on the QX Sport Inspiration that the Japanese company launched in 2016. It features Infiniti’s recent styling language, but it’s enhanced by a range of new design elements that have yet to debut on other models. On top of the restyled body work, the new QX50 will also bring new technology to the market, including the brand’s first semi-autonomous drive system, as well as a new turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with variable compression ratio. The later is a first for the automotive industry.

"With the unveiling of the QX Sport Inspiration at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, we showed the future of Infiniti QX models. The new QX50 Concept evolves this concept further and shows how Infiniti could develop its future presence in the fastest-growing vehicle segment globally," said Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti.

There’s no word as to when the actual production model will make its global debut, but until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the production-ready concept.

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Infiniti QX50 Concept's Internal Combustion Engine Will Beat Up Your Hybrid

Infiniti QX50 Concept’s Internal Combustion Engine Will Beat Up Your Hybrid

New concept gets all kinds of goodies slated for production

Last year, at the Beijing Auto Show, Infiniti dropped cover on the QX Sport Inspiration, a mid-size crossover concept that presented a glimpse at the brand’s forthcoming SUV offerings. Now, the premium Japanese automaker has given us a successor, and it’s equal parts closer-to-dealerships and wilder-to-behold than what came before. It’s called the QX50 Concept, and it not only offers us a look at Infiniti’s new styling direction, but also its new cabin design, autonomous vehicle ambitions, and most interestingly, a production-ready variable compression internal-combustion engine.

That’s quite an ambitious lineup of features, especially for a model slated to reach customers sometime in the next few years. Nevertheless, Infiniti seems confident it’ll bring something close to the QX50 Concept to production very soon, dropping innumerable hints about its intentions in the attached press release. But really, that makes sense when you consider the segment. Infiniti quickly points out that the mid-size premium crossover segment is the fastest-growing automotive segment in the world right now, so a forward-looking exterior design, upscale cabin, autonomous features, and groundbreaking engine are all necessary elements to make any serious impact.

Let’s start with the exterior, where we find the latest evolution of Infiniti’s “Powerful Elegance” design language. This features characteristics like cabin-forward proportions, with a clamshell hood and lots of straight character lines. These traits give the car a sleek, elegant look, with the prominent shoulder line starting behind the swept-back, ultra-thin headlights, and reaching back into the rear hatch. Between the headlights is a “double-arch” grille, now an Infiniti staple, with a diamond-pattern insert and prominent chrome surround.

Moving inside, we find lots of space, both for passengers and for practicality’s sake. Infiniti is adamant that it wants to upend the status quo for luxury interiors, and as such, it will apply a variety of Japanese craftsmanship philosophies to its creation. Materials used will be wood and leather, which isn’t out of the ordinary, but it’s the way these materials are applied that will be unique. For example, Infiniti used three different kinds of leather in the three-tone color scheme, and the wood trim is an open-pore ash that maintains its original grain for “enhanced tactility” as compared to standard glossy wood trim.

But it’s the new Variable Compression Turbo engine, or VC-Turbo, that really got our attention. Infiniti has been hinting at this thing for a while now, and it’s exciting to see where the brand is considering its application.

Sound enticing? Read on for the details, plus more info on the exterior design, interior outfit, and Infiniti’s autonomous plans.

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2016 Infiniti QX50

2016 Infiniti QX50

Debuting at the 2015 New York Auto Show, Infiniti has applied an extensive refresh to the QX50 in the hopes of jumpstarting the SUV after it struggled to sell well in the highly competitive luxury crossover segment. A facelift, longer wheelbase, extra interior room and a few new gadgets all make the list of updates.

The Infiniti EX/QX50 was first introduced in 2008 as the funky-looking EX35 crossover SUV. In 2011, the model underwent its first name change to simply EX. For the 2014 model year, Johan de Nysschen — now the lead man at Cadillac, but at the time heading up Infiniti – decided to shake things up by renaming the entire lineup, resulting in the EX becoming the QX50 without any significant changes to the vehicle. Finally, two years after its latest rename, the QX50/EX/EX35 is getting its first overhaul for the 2016 model year.

The new QX50 will be offered as either a RWD or AWD model and comes with four available option packages. But will it be enough to inject some new life into the SUV?

Updated 09/18/2015: Infiniti announced prices for the new, 2016 QX50 which goes on sale in this month at Infiniti retailers nationwide. The new luxury crossover will be priced from $34,450 for the RWD version and $35,850 for the AWD version.

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2014 - 2015 Infiniti QX50

2014 - 2015 Infiniti QX50

Infiniti’s name change is starting to take hold with the QX50 and QX80 officially carry over from their previous nameplates aside from the new badges. The name change is hard to swallow. Let’s just get that in the open.

Not only are the new names confusing, but they ditch all the old short-hand for model and engine size. One upside I know from starting my career as an Infiniti dealer runner is to call the pronounce the name differently. QX4 became "Q by four" - and so QX50 could be called "Q by 50." Still not exactly peachy to say, but I digress.

The EX37 is now the QX50 for 2014, and comes in four flavors of trim and rear- or all-wheel-drive traction from about $35,000. Where does this model fit with the new Infiniti Q50 that is leading the brand?

Style-wise, the crossover QX50 was never really the centerfold of its first-gen FX cousins. Even so, it is an even closer replica of a G35 wagon that was never offered stateside. Near-perfect weight distribution, a 325-horsepower engine and a swanky seven-speed automatic are still the main benefits of this sporty crossover.

Quality and interior luxury is up there as well, but certainly not space, with no quoted figure for the seats-down luggage capacity, one has to fear the worst.

How does the 2014 QX50 stack up versus the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, the Audi A4 Allroad or the cute BMW X1?

Updated 05/22/2014: Infiniti announced today prices for 2015 QX50 which continues to offer the same features as the 2014 model year. The only change is the Bluetooth Hands-free Phone offered as standard feature on the base models. Prices for the 2-15 QX50 will start from $35,000.

Click past the jump for all the details from Infiniti on the freshly-renamed QX50.

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