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2016 Infiniti QX50 Overview

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

2016 Infiniti QX50 Features Longer Wheelbase, Larger Interior, Enhanced Styling and New Package Content

Infiniti’s Pioneering Luxury Crossover Continues to Offer a Uniquely Personal Expression of Rewarding Style and Rewarding Driving

When the Infiniti QX50 was originally introduced (as the Infiniti EX35), it was one of the first personal crossovers, foreshadowing what has become the hottest segment in the auto industry. It featured Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, one of the most powerful engines in its class and a full-feature interior. It was also the first vehicle to offer technology features such as Infiniti’s innovative Around View® Monitor.

Today, the QX50 remains one of the most powerful and versatile personal crossovers in the segment. But much has changed for the 2016 model year – starting with the addition of 80mm (3.2 inches) to the wheelbase and a revised exterior that brings its design closer in look and feel to other Infiniti models such as the Q50 sports sedan. Standard content has also been increased, including the addition of a moonroof for all grade levels. Additionally, a new Hagane Blue exterior colour is now offered.

“Even as Infiniti is getting ready to significantly expand its product portfolio in the next few years – including production models based on the Q30, Q60 and QX30 Concepts – we’re also making significant enhancements to our current lineup,” said Randy Parker, vice president, Infiniti Americas. “Following the 2015 introductions of the updated Infiniti Q70 and the addition of the Q70L long-wheelbase version and new range-topping QX80 Limited full-size SUV, we’re kicking off model year 2016 with the updated QX50.”

A New, Fluid Appearance with Unique Personality
The 2016 Infiniti QX50 luxury crossover provides a unique combination of a right-sized exterior with a luxurious interior environment and suite of advanced technology features.

The QX50′s coupe-inspired luxury crossover design – a fusion of coupe and sport utility vehicle – has been enhanced for 2016 with a new front bumper and lower front fascia, new LED Daytime Running Lights, new signature Infiniti-style double-arch front grille, new side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, updated side sill styling, and new rear bumper and lower fascia. New 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are added as part of the Premium Package.

The wheelbase is now 80mm (3.2 inches) longer and overall length has increased 113 mm (4.5 inches) (4,744mm versus previous 4,631mm). The result is an 8.3 cubic feet increase in interior volume (115.4 cubic feet total volume versus the previous 107.1 cubic feet). Most of the increase in interior space can be felt in the 2nd row – rear legroom grows by 172 mm and rear knee room is boosted by 100 mm. In addition, ground clearance has increased by 20mm giving drivers a higher vantage point for improved visibility.

As in previous years, the QX50′s wide rear hatch and low load floor make the QX50 a versatile vehicle for both every day and weekend use. The exterior includes many signature Infiniti touches, including large L-shaped headlights with new LED Daytime Running Lights, available xenon auto-leveling headlights with Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS), integrated fog lights, distinctive LED taillights and “dynamic arch” profile. Other exterior features include a high-mounted rear hatchback spoiler with integrated brake light, chrome-finished dual exhaust tips, standard power sliding tinted glass moonroof with tilt feature, sliding sunshade and one-touch open/close and available roof rails.

The QX50 also features a standard courtesy light integrated in the driver’s outside mirror, which welcomes the driver to the vehicle.

Seven exterior colours are offered for 2016:  Malbeck Black, Platinum Ice, Asgard Grey, Black Obsidian, Sangria Red, Aspen Pearl and new Hagane Blue

A Versatile Interior Designed for Personal Use
The 2016 QX50′s dramatic interior again offers an invigorating and engaging environment, one that is both indulgent and inspiring. The driver-focused cabin layout features an Infiniti signature “double-wave” instrument panel, easy-to-read high-contrast gauges, hospitality lighting with a pin LED light mounted over the centre console and Infiniti signature analog clock.

The instrument panel also features a 7-inch colour display with Infiniti controller for the trip computer and additional vehicle information. The available Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System includes a colour touch-screen display, Lane Guidance and 3-D building graphics, NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather™ with Real-Time Weather Information and 3-day forecast (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Infiniti Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® wireless technology. Other technology systems include Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately).

Comfortable seating is provided by an 8-way power driver’s seat and a 4-way power passenger’s seat. Heated front seats remain a standard feature.

Also available are driver’s seat memory system, an 8-way power front passenger’s seat and a power remote up-folding feature with dual controls (operated from the front or the hatch area) for the 2nd row 60/40 split seat. There is also a leather-wrapped shift knob, and leather-wrapped steering wheel, which includes controls for audio and cruise control.

Entry models feature aluminum interior accents with available maple interior accents at the Premium Package and above. The available Bose® Premium Audio System includes 11 speakers (including 2 subwoofers), AM/FM/CD in-dash changer and USB connection port for iPod® and other compatible devices.

The advanced Around View® Monitor (AVM), available with the new Premium Package, utilizes four small cameras located front, side and rear to give the driver a virtual 360° view of the outside of the vehicle and help aid when parking. The AVM system includes Front and Rear Sonar.

The interior is offered with standard premium leather-appointed seating surfaces, available in three colours – Graphite, Wheat and Chestnut.

Advanced Platform and Powertrain
Under the QX50′s dramatic body is an equally advanced platform and powertrain. The FM (Front Midship) platform helps provide high levels of handling performance. Every 2016 Infiniti QX50 comes with a VQ37VHR 3.7-litre V6 engine rated at 325 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

The engine is matched with a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, DS mode with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) and Adaptive Shift Control. Official Canadian fuel economy numbers are 13.7L/100km City, 9.7 L/100km Highway and 11.9 L/100km Combined.

Superb handling is provided by a subframe-mounted independent front double-wishbone suspension with aluminum-alloy upper and lower links, twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is an independent multi-link design with aluminum-alloy upper and lower links and axle housing, twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar.

Steering is provided by a vehicle speed-sensitive power-assisted steering system. The QX50′s standard braking system includes power-assisted front and rear discs (vented front) and standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Also standard is Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS), while an advanced Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range) is optionally available.

Available wheel and tire combinations include standard 18-inch 8-spoke metallic finish aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/55R18 all-season tires or new 19-inch split 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with 245/45R19 all-season tires, which are offered as part of the Premium Package.

The 2016 Infiniti QX50 features Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, which utilizes an active torque distribution management system with an active centre clutch. The electromagnetic AWD system responds quickly, helping to minimize wheel slip in adverse conditions.

Standard safety equipment includes an Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS); driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags; roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for outboard occupant head protection; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Also standard are 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver ELR only) and front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors, front seat Active Head Restraints and the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system for the rear outboard seating positions.

The QX50 also features advanced Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones to help disperse crash energy around the passenger compartment.

Available as part of the Technology Package is the Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system.  BSW illuminates an indicator light if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area. If the driver then uses the turn signal, the indicator flashes and an audible warning sound.

Models and Packages
The 2016 Infiniti QX50 is available as one model, the QX50 AWD, with three option packages available.

The Premium Package includes Around View™ Monitor (AVM), Bose® Premium Audio System with 11 speakers, including 2 subwoofers, Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster® air purifier, dual occupant memory system for driver’s seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel, entry/exit assist for driver’s seat and steering wheel, outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature, auto-dimming inside mirror with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver Maple interior accents, power tilt and telescopic steering column,  19-inch split 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with 245/45R19 all-season performance tires, High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights, Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) with auto-leveling headlights, 2-way power driver’s seat lumbar support, coat hanger on driver’s seat head restraint, 8-way power passenger’s seat, power up-folding 2nd row seats, meter hood with premium stitching.

The Navigation Package adds the Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation, Around View® Monitor (AVM) and Front and Rear Sonar System and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth wireless technology.

The Technology Package features Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Blind Spot Warning (BSW).

“The enhanced 2016 Infiniti QX50 delivers a rewarding experience for both driver and passengers,” said Parker. “With its standard 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and range of advanced safety, driving and parking aids such as Around View® Monitor, driving is a pleasure. And with the added rear seat roominess and cargo flexibility, passengers will enjoy riding in a QX50 more than ever before.”

Reposted from: www.infinitinews.com

We’re still getting the facts together, but Paul and I JUST got off a conference call for all Infiniti retailers and dealers across the US, Canada, Mexico, the Carribean and more.  This is huge, this is big, this is massive for Infiniti customers and the future of the Infiniti line, and we are just chomping at the bit to get this news out to you.

First off, we learned that Infiniti as a brand has taken a HUGE leap forward in it’s brand satisfaction surveys as measured by J.D. Power and Associates.  At one point, earlier on in the brand’s history, Infinitie was ranked quite low for customer satisfaction among luxury brands, but this is no longer even close to the case – according to the most recent survey, a strong, committed process that focuses fully on customer satisfaction and a stellar guest experience on the Infiniti showrooms has Infiniti positioned in the #2 spot for customer satisfaction across ALL vehicle brands, luxury or not.  This most recent jump in the standings is a historic one, marking the single largest year-to-year jump for any brand, ever recorded in the history of these polls.  It’s stellar news for the Infiniti brand, a point of personal pride for us as an Infiniti dealer in Ottawa, ON, and best of all, it’s great news for our loyal Infiniti customers, who we want to thank for such glowing reviews to J.D. Power.

On that note, let’s get to the announcements.  The naming convention for the Infiniti vehicle lineup has changed, and changed in a big way, and we’re going to lay it out for you as simply as we can.  The punchline is that previous vehicle designations will be completely overhauled, in favour of a new, streamlined naming convention that allows for a more connected, integrated naming strategy.  This new naming strategy accomplishes a couple of goals here – sedans/coupes/convertibles will new be grouped under the ‘Q‘ designation (currently Q50, Q60, Q70), and crossovers/SUVs will now all be grouped under the ‘QX‘ designation (currently QX50, QX60, QX70, QX80).  The 50 / 60 / 70 / etc suffixes should scale and designate the further one travels upward along the curve towards ultra-premium vehicles, and as Infiniti continues to add new products to the lineup, it should be pretty easy to guess where new models will fit in.  For example, it’s easy to guess that a compact SUV or sport wagon might come in under the EX35 (now called QX50) as a new QX40, or a new sport sedan higher up in prestige than the current Infiniti M (Q70 sedan) might be labelled a Q80.

The naming structure is also now no longer tied to engine displacement as they previously were (G37 for 3.7L engines, QX56 for 5.6L), and the engine designations may appear as a separate badging, details are still cloudy about that one.

The launch of the Q and QX lineups will begin with the all-new Infiniti 2014 Q50 sedan (an overhaul based off of the current gen Infiniti G sedan) which will debut at the Detroit International Auto Show sometime in January 2013.  As the year progresses, we believe that we’ll see the rest of the lineup redesigned and re-badged into the new model designations.

We’ve worked up a simple visual aid here to help understand the transition, as well as the new naming structure for each vehicle.

Infiniti Q series sedans, coupes and convertibles (2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan, 2014 Infiniti Q60 coupe, 2014 Infiniti Q60 convertible and the 2014 Infiniti Q70 premium sedan):

The current G37, G37x and G37S sedan will now be called the Infiniti Q50 sedan, and the 2014 Q50 sedan will be the first vehicle unveiled to the public at the Detroit International Auto Show this coming January 2013.

2014 Q50 sedan

The G37 and G37x and G37S coupe will now be known as the 2014 Infiniti Q60 coupe.  The Q60 coupe shares the same Infiniti Q60 badging with the new Q60 convertible.

2014 Q60 coupe

2014 Infiniti Q60 convertible


The current top of the line Infiniti sedan, the Infiniti M, will now become the new Infiniti Q70 premium luxury sedan.  As beautiful as it is, we have word from Infiniti corporate that a new, ultra premium big brother to the new 2014 Infiniti Q70 sedan is also in the works, something that we’d guess is designed to better compete with the top end german brands (BMW 7 series, Audi A8, Mercedes S class, etc.)  For now though, the Q70 remains the top dog luxury sedan in the Infiniti lineup.

2014 Infiniti Q70 sedan

Infiniti QX series crossovers and SUVs (2014 Infiniti QX50 compact crossover, 2014 Infiniti QX60 7-seat luxury crossover, 2014 Infiniti QX70 performance crossover and the 2014 Infiniti QX80 premium fullsize SUV):

First up is what we now refer to as the EX35 – it will become the baseline QX offering in the new naming convention, the Infiniti QX50.

2014 Infiniti QX50 crossover

Next, the new 2013 Infiniti JX35, Infiniti’s latest new product and the new industry standard for the 7-seat luxury segment.  The Infiniti JX35 will now be known as the Infiniti QX60.

2014 Infiniti QX60 7-seat crossover

Infiniti’s current performance luxury SUV, the Infiniti FX35 and the Infiniti FX50 with the larger engine, will now be known as the Infiniti QX70.

2014 Infiniti QX70 crossover performance luxury SUV

And finally, the big Infiniti QX56, will now be renamed to the top of the line Infiniti QX80 luxury fullsize SUV, taking it’s seat at the top of the QX line of Infiniti crossover and SUVs.

2014 Infiniti QX80 fullsize SUV



Please stay tuned to 417 Infiniti NEWS for the latest on this breaking story – over the next couple of weeks you can count on 417 Infiniti for the latest in Infiniti news and updates regarding this monumental change to the Infiniti brand and the renaming and rebadging of all vehicle in the Infiniti lineup.  This is a massive story, and as the new Q and QX redesigns get announced, you can rely on 417 Infiniti to be there with the news you need.

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Happy holidays to our readers and our loyal 417 Infiniti customers, and check back soon for more info on the Infiniti lineup name change!

Summary of changes:

Infiniti Q series
G37  sedan is now called the Q50 sedan
G37 coupe / convertible is now called the Q60 coupe / convertible
M37/M56 sedan is now called the Q70 sedan

Infiniti QX series

EX35 is now called the QX50
JX35 is now called the QX60
FX35 / FX50 is now called the QX70
QX56 is now called the QX80