Infiniti’s lineup is desperate for an overhaul. Not because it is hideous or anything, but mostly because it underwent a full naming change in the 2014 model year, but nearly none of the cars actually changed in looks with their new names. The vehicle that is most in need of an overhaul is the QX50, which has remained virtually unchanged since it debuted in 2008 as the EX35. Fortunately, this is all to change, as Infiniti plans to reveal an updated QX50 at the New York Auto Show on April 1st, 2015.
The details on the 2016 QX50 remain scant, but there are a few bits of information to pass on. According to Infiniti’s press release, the new QX50 will have a 3-inch-longer wheelbase, which will help rectify one of the QX50’s biggest issues: cabin room. This lengthened wheelbase will increase both rear-seat legroom and overall cabin room, which currently rest at an abysmal 28.5 inches and 107.1 cubic feet, respectively.
Infiniti goes on to explain that the new QX50 will include new front and rear fascias, and new side sills. I am thinking that it will draw inspiration from the QX30 Concept that we recently saw. If Infiniti goes this direction, look for a more bulging grille, thinner wraparound headlights and taillights, and full-revised front and rear bumpers.
The driving force behind the new QX50 remains unknown, but chances are that the 3.7-liter V-6 will remain under the hood, albeit with a slight power bump and a much-needed jump in fuel economy. A turbo four-cylinder would be a nice addition to the lineup, but it is very unlikely.
With the QX50’s sales scraping the bottom of its class, Infiniti is likely hoping that these changes will help bring buyers back. From the sounds of it, the luxury automaker is heading in the right direction, but I am not sure if this will be enough to help it overtake BMW, Mercedes, and Acura in this department.
We’ll learn more at the 2015 New York Auto Show, so stay tuned.