2016 Infiniti QX50 Redesign or Update with Substantial Changes?

The 2016 Infiniti QX50 has been introduced at the 2015 New York Auto Show along with the QX30 Concept. Those two fresh crossovers should improve the Nissan luxury brand’s lineup in the U.S. and prove that Infiniti is a truly premium brand. The 2016 QX50 suffered numerous changes that are expected to improve the sales. Although some say that the crossover has been redesigned, the truth is that the QX50 got an update that’s pretty elaborate.

Starting from the outside, the 2016 model year changes aren’t that huge, but they’re noticeable for sure. The updated crossover got a new front fascia whose general style resembles the Infiniti Q50 and Q70. They installed new LED daytime running lights and LED fog lights as well as LED side mirror turn signals. Also, the 2016 QX50 has a revised rear fascia, but the overall style hasn’t been significantly changed.

2016 Infiniti QX50 Crossover 2015 NYIAS

Interior Changes

However, in order to offer more comfort, the automaker has made some substantial changes that aren’t so noticeable. The 2016 Infiniti QX50 has slightly longer wheelbase in comparison with its predecessor. Impact of this change is pretty big. Thanks to the wheelbase which is 3.2 inches longer, the crossover has increased interior space.

Overall interior volume is larger by 8.3 cubic feet and its cargo space is 2.7 cubic feet larger. As expected, the passengers will benefit from the structural changes, too. The rear-seat legroom is increased by 4.3 inches.

2016 Infiniti QX50 Interior

There were some equipment packages changes, but we’re going to find out more about those closer to the release date.

“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 Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Design Director.

2016 Infiniti QX50 Update

Same Old Powertrain

Although the 2016 Infiniti QX50 suffered some substantial improvements, its powertrain will be intact. The updated QX50 inherited the predecessor’s V6 mill. There’s no need to change the 3.7-liter V6 engine that delivers 325 horsepower, but it would be great if they offered an alternative.

2016 Infiniti QX50 Rear View

The V6 is connected to the wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The transmission can send the engine’s power to the all wheels. There’s an Intelligent All-Wheel Drive available.

2016 Infiniti QX50 AWD

2016 Infiniti QX50 Release Date and Estimated Price

We don’t know the exact release date, but it’s certain that the 2016 Infiniti QX50 will be released this fall as a 2016 model. Since it’s too early we can’t say anything about the pricing, but the estimates are that the 2016 QX50 won’t be significantly more expensive than the current model. In fact, we expect that those changes of equipment packages provide more for your dollar.

Photos: Infiniti

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