The redesigned Infiniti QX50 just made its debut in New York, though you may remember it as the EX37 from model years past. For 2016 this vehicle has gained a number of worthwhile enhancements and at least one big change.
It may look almost identical to the model that’s available at dealerships right now, but it’s not. For starters the new one features several exterior design tweaks including a new front bumper and grille, LED daytime running lights, redesigned side-view mirrors and similar tweaks elsewhere on the body.
But how about some numbers? Where the new QX50 really differs is under the skin. Its wheelbase has been stretched by more than three inches and its overall body length has grown by 4.5. These engineering changes have increased cabin volume by more than eight cubic feet. Additionally, that wheelbase stretch has amplified rear-seat legroom by more than four inches.
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Ahead of the firewall only one engine is offered: a 3.7-liter V6. It puts 325 horses and 267 lb-ft of torque. This powerplant is matched exclusively to a seven-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to either the rear wheels or all four corners through an optional all-wheel-drive system.
As for creature comforts, every QX50 comes standard with Bluetooth, leather trim, heated front seats, push-button start and even a moonroof. For extra dough you can opt for things like adaptive front lighting, maple interior trim and an 11-speaker Bose sound system. Of course all the latest driver-assistance technologies are also available including things like blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
No matter what it’s called the Infiniti QX50 has always been a stylish and engaging vehicle, even as luxury crossovers go. The enhancements designers and engineers have made for the 2016 model year should only improve the breed.
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