I was hoping for a full redesign for the 2016 Infiniti QX50, but the Japanese automaker failed to deliver that. It did, however, perform a slight refresh and, most importantly, extended the wheelbase to help take care of its cramped back seat. Infiniti showed off the updated QX50 at the New York Auto Show, and gave us a rundown on its new features.
Stylistically, Infiniti limited its changes to updated front and rear fascias, and new side sills. The front end received a new grille insert, a new lower bumper insert with a silver strip spanning its width, and new LED lights. Down the sides, you will notice new sills that also have a silver strip, and there is a new 19-inch wheel design. The rear fascia also gets a new silver accent.
The big change to the outside of the QX50 is its size. Infiniti stretched the model’s wheelbase by 3.2 inches to help give it more rear legroom – an area where this crossover struggled in the past. The extended wheelbase gives the 2016 QX50 4.3 extra inches of legroom, 8.3 cubic feet of extra cabin room, and 2.7 extra cubes of cargo room. Based off of the numbers from 2015, these new numbers should tally up to 32.8 inches of legroom, 115.4 cubic feet of cabin room, and 50.1 cubic feet of cargo room.
Infiniti did announce that there some changes to the optional package for the 2016 QX50, but it did not dive into what has actually changed.
The greasy bits of the 2016 QX50 carry over unchanged. This means that is still uses a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that produces 325 horsepower and a seven-speed auto transmission.
The 2016 Infinti QX50 will hit showrooms in the fall of 2015, and it will reveal pricing details later.