2015 Infiniti QX50 — Waiting for a Redesign

The 2015 Infiniti QX50 changes are reduced to the name change. If you expected a redesign, you will be disappointed. This crossover is almost exactly the same as the 2013 Infiniti EX37. The only difference is that it’s renamed now. The 2015 QX50 is a crossover which intends to be placed somewhere in the drawer where all the luxury crossovers are kept. A part of the plan Johan de Nysschen had when decided to rename every Infiniti vehicle according to the new confusing nomenclature, was to re-establish the Infiniti as a true luxury high-end brand. It seems they have found out what wasn’t exactly one of the biggest classified secrets in the world, the fact that the market thinks the Infiniti vehicles are just Nissans with a little better trim levels. Now when they received their portion of critique regarding the nomenclature change, one would think they won’t insist on it. And here it is — the 2015 Infiniti QX50! The same as your 2013 EX37. The 2015 Infiniti QX50 redesign will take place in 2016.

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2015 Infiniti QX50 Appearance and Interior

This luxury crossover’s appearance has a little bit of coupe or a roadster feel. The 2015 Infiniti QX50 has an attractive tall roofline and resembles the Porsche Cayenne. It has a recognizable Nissan design, which couldn’t be called just rough, but it can be seen as not enough sophisticated for a vehicle which aims to be a luxury one. Our opinion is the 2015 Infiniti QX50 appearance isn’t brave enough, it’s conservative and boring. It’s a shame they didn’t use any of the style seen in their great concepts, which are simply stunning. In comparison with the concepts, the 2015 Infiniti QX50 looks plain and naive. However, nobody can say it is not good enough. After all, there is a lot of people who would like it just the way it is. Here is a great place to say de gustibus non est disputandum and that’s where we should conclude the exterior segment of this post.

Infiniti CEO Johan de Nysschen and Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer announced the Infiniti vehicles to be “de-americanized”. They want to use not so powerful engines for the entry-level vehicles. However, they want to make their vehicles larger, because they think that’s the way the other luxury brands gained their prestige in the U.S. Having that in mind, we know what we can expect from the future redesign of this and every other Infiniti model.

As for the 2015 Inifiniti QX50 interior, it makes the driver feel special. It looks like a fighter jet cockpit, with a lot of buttons which are oriented to the driver. The central stack and the dashboard are shaped to make every single command accessible and easy to use. The 2015 Infiniti QX50 has its luxury note expressed by leather seats, wood details and other elements which contribute to the luxurious feel. However, the manufacturer’s intention to make the ride inside this crossover comfortable for the driver in the first place, has shown the other side of the coin. The space inside the 2015 QX50 is not what is expected when looking from the outside.

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Engine, Transmission and Fuel Economy of  2015 Infiniti QX50

The 2015 Infiniti QX50 has a great engine. It has a 3.7-liter V6 DOHC with variable valve timing, which delivers 325 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. This crossover has great driving characteristics thanks to the engine, but we should not forget the independent suspension and precise handling, too. The power of the engine is transmitted to the wheels via a seven-speed shiftable automatic gearbox. If you add the sound which the V6 makes, you get a very entertaining driving experience. The 2015 Infiniti QX50 EPA fuel economy is 17 mpg/city and 25 mpg/highway with RWD.

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2015 Infiniti QX50 AWD, Journey & Journey AWD

The available versions of the 2015 Infiniti QX50, besides the base version, are the AWD, Journey and Journey AWD. All-wheel drive provides just slightly different fuel economy. Although the base version has leather seats and heated front seats, a moonroof, a push button start and a lot of other features, the higher trims bring luxurious details such as a Bose audio system, aluminum roof trails etc.

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