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Infiniti’s 2019 QX50 Takes On BMW X3 From $36,550, On Sale This Spring 15
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, prices on 01 15th, 2018

Since the 2019 QX50 crossover won’t make it into Infiniti retailers nationwide until Spring 2018, the automaker is also introducing a new reservation program.

This gives customers the opportunity to reserve their car during the pre-launch phase, but also to receive tech, audio or home-themed luxury gifts as the reservations increase.

“The 2019 QX50 is one of the most significant product launches in INFINITI’s history, which is why we created a reservation program as sophisticated and innovative as the vehicle itself,” said Infiniti marketing exec, Phil O’Connor.

“We know that our customers want more than just material things, they want meaningful experiences. That’s why the rewards are more than just incentives. The gifts are well-suited for the luxury lifestyle, and the reservation program is designed to help build a sense of community.”

The program has been split up into tiers, so that the more people who reserve a car, the greater these incentives will be. The first tier has already been unlocked as reservations exceeded 4,000. The second tier will be unlocked at 8,000 reservations, while the third tier needs 12,000 reservations.

Prices for the all-new 2019 QX50 start at $36,550 if you go for the Pure FWD model, and will climb all the way to $45,150 for the flagship Essential AWD version.

On-board the QX50 you’ll find the available ProPILOT Assist as well as the first FWD application of Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering system. Additional tech includes Distance Control Assist, Back-up Collision Intervention, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention and Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.

As for what’s underneath the hood – it’s the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine, the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo petrol.


2019 Infiniti QX50 Fires Warning Shot At Premium Compact SUV Segment 29
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, LA Auto Show, new cars on 11 29th, 2017

Infiniti brought their 2019 QX50 to the LA Auto Show in order to showcase its dynamic lines and stylish interior, hoping it can go on to challenge the likes of the Mercedes GLC or the new BMW X3.

The new QX50 is built on an all-new platform, featuring a FWD-based layout, meant to make it one of the most refined, sporty and spacious crossovers in its segment.

“The 2019 QX50 is the most important vehicle we have ever launched, and it embodies everything the brand stands for: Beautiful design, advanced technology and empowering performance,” said Infiniti’s global VP, Christian Meunier.

Carrying such a heavy torch requires a strong power unit, which is why the Japanese automaker fitted the all-new QX50 with the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine, combining the power of a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol unit with the torque and fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder diesel – at least that’s how Infiniti sees it.

While no straight line performance figures have been released, we do know the engine puts down 268 HP (272 PS) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque, with the help of an XTRONIC CVT.

As standard, buyers can purchase the QX50 with front wheel drive, as the AWD system costs extra.


2019 Infiniti QX50 Bows In LA With World’s First Production Variable Compression Engine 29
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Galleries, Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, Infiniti Videos, LA Auto Show, new cars, video on 11 29th, 2017

Following a preview earlier this month, Infiniti has unveiled the 2019 QX50.

Previewed by the QX Sport Inspiration concept, the production model has a “Powerful Elegance” design that has been created to give the crossover a commanding presence. As part of this mission, the model has been equipped with a bold front fascia that features a double-arch grille and slender LED headlights.

The dynamic styling is evident elsewhere as designers installed a clamshell hood, strong character lines, and tasteful amounts of plastic body cladding. A closer inspection reveals a chromed dual exhaust system, LED taillights, and 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels.

Infiniti interiors have always been a bit of a mixed bag but the cabin in the QX50 makes an impressive first appearance. A variety of different types of leather will be available and they can be mated with wood or aluminum trim.

Another notable interior feature is the new InTouch infotainment system which consists of a main 8-inch touchscreen display and a second 7-inch touchscreen which is used to control the climate and entertainment functions. Other highlights include an available heads-up display and a cargo compartment that can hold up to 64.4 cubic feet (1823 liters) of luggage when the rear seats are folded down.

Power is provided by an all-new 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine which produces 268 hp (200 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an XTRONIC continuously variable transmission which has been designed to replicate a traditional eight-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive will be optional.

While this is normally where we would stop talking about the engine, the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo is truly unique as it is the world’s first production engine with a variable compression ratio. The ratio ranges from 8:1 to 14:1 and it enables the model to offer high-performance as well as impressive fuel-efficiency. Speaking of the latter, the QX50 will have a combined fuel economy rating of 27 mpg with front-wheel drive and 26 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.

Since Infiniti is a luxury brand, it should come as little surprise the QX50 can be equipped with an impressive assortment of driver assistance features. These include Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Back-up Collision Intervention, and Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection.

One of the more notable features is the ProPILOT Assist function which is a semi-autonomous driving system that allows the car to take over “single-lane driving operation at the push of a button, without the driver’s input on acceleration, braking, or steering.”


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2019 Infiniti QX50 Uncovered Before LA Premiere 24
Posted by Brad Anderson in featured, Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, LA Auto Show, new cars, Reports, SUV on 11 24th, 2017

The first official image of the 2019 Infiniti QX50 mid-size SUV has been published before the vehicle’s launch at the LA Auto Show.

In designing the QX50, Infiniti has kept the styling eerily similar to the QX50 Concept from earlier this year. In fact, the only significant differences on the front fascia are unique headlights, fewer chrome accents and a set of small faux air intakes under the headlights.

Like the concept, the side of Infiniti’s new QX50 features black wheel arch trim, chrome accents around the side windows and a pair of seductive lines running horizontally along the doors.

Beneath the sleek bodywork of the QX50 sits a new front-wheel drive platform that’s 23 per cent more rigid than the old model.

The headline of the new Infiniti QX50 isn’t the platform, however. Instead, what really sets the SUV apart from any other production vehicle is the VC-Turbo four-cylinder, featuring a continuously adjusting compression ratio between 8:1 for maximum performance and 14:1 for increased efficiency. At full chat, the engine delivers 268 hp and 380 Nm of torque. When mated to a CVT transmission, front-wheel drive variants will hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.7 seconds. All-wheel drive models will slash that time to 6.3 seconds.

Like many other new models from Nissan, the Infiniti QX50 includes the company’s ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving technology, capable of controlling steering, acceleration, and braking on single-lane highways.

Stay tuned to Carscoops in the coming days as more photos and details about the QX50 are released.


First Teaser of 2019 Infiniti QX50 Reveals Fresh Design Ques 21
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, LA Auto Show, Reports on 11 21st, 2017

Infiniti is gearing up for the big debut of the all-new 2019 QX50 at the LA Auto Show, dropping at the same time the first teaser image ahead of the November 28 reveal event.

The released picture shows a front end with similar design cues of the recently revealed 2018 QX80 but the new QX50 is expected to feature a more sculptural and dynamic shape.

The biggest news however are expected to come from under the bonnet as the new QX50 is reportedly going to become Infiniti’s first model to use their new petrol engine with variable compression technology.

The engine itself will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit with 268hp and 288lb-ft (390Nm) of torque and will feature an electrically controlled actuator and a unique “elliptic device” called a multilink, enabling it to adjust its compression ratio from 8:1 to 14:1.

Infiniti expects the new QX50 to be 27 percent more fuel efficient with the new engine, compared to the outgoing 325hp 3.7-liter V6-equipped model. A CVT is expected to be the only transmission option.

“As with all INFINITIs, we have been inspired by our desire to drive, expressed with power and artistry,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President of Nissan’s Global Design. “With this all-new model, inspiration comes from striking the perfect balance between lust and logic. At a glance, seamless and sculptural, getting closer to the car reveals an ingenious blend of proportion and space.”

Stay tuned for more on the all-new Infiniti QX50 in the next few days.


Infiniti’s Variable Compression Engine Produces 268 HP, Debuts In the 2019 QX50 16
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, Reports on 11 16th, 2017

Infiniti is gearing up to introduce the 2019 QX50 at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the company recently invited a handful of journalists to try out the model’s new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with variable compression technology.

Automotive News was one of the companies that attended the event and they are reporting the new engine produces 268 hp (200 kW) and 288 lb-ft (390 Nm) of torque. This will reportedly enable the QX50 to accelerate from 0-60 mph faster than any of its four-cylinder competitors.

While the performance is impressive, the technology and design of the engine is what really sets it apart. As the publication explains, the engine is equipped with an electrically controlled actuator and a unique “elliptic device” called a multilink. These two components, along with some clever engineering, allow the engine to adjust its compression ratio from 8:1 to 14:1.

Thanks to variable compression technology, the engine manages to be both powerful and fuel-efficient. Infiniti hasn’t released detailed fuel economy figures but Nissan’s chief powertrain engineer, Shinichi Kiga, said the new QX50 will have a combined fuel economy rating that is 27 percent higher than the outing model which has a 3.7-liter V6 engine that develops 325 hp (242 kW) and 267 lb-ft (361 Nm) of torque.

The engine will be connected exclusively to a continuously variable transmission and it should allow the model to return around 26 mpg combined. Automotive News says the engine offered outstanding performance and refinement during test drives but noted the engine requires premium fuel.

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U Spy 2019 Infiniti QX50 In Tennessee 6
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, Infiniti Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 10 6th, 2017

The 2019 Infiniti QX50 has been spied by a CarScoops reader in Tennessee.
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2018 Infiniti QX50 Revealed In New Patent Photos 17
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, Infiniti Scoops, Scoops on 05 17th, 2017

Infiniti recently unveiled the QX50 concept at the North American International Auto Show and now we could be getting our best glimpse of the production model.
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2018 Infiniti QX50 Prototype Shows Off LED Headlight Graphics 26
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, Infiniti Scoops, Scoops on 03 26th, 2017

After seeing some slight similarities between the first 2018 QX50 prototype spotted a few days ago and the QX50 Concept from Detroit, we now get to peek a tiny bit under the vinyl.
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2018 Infiniti QX50 Spotted Shifting From Concept To Production 21
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, Infiniti Scoops, Scoops on 03 21st, 2017

Having already shown the QX Sport Inspiration concept in Paris last year, Infiniti gave us an even clearer picture of what to expect from its next-generation mid-range crossover with the unveiling of the QX50 Concept in Detroit just a couple of months ago.
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Infiniti QX50 Concept Is Such A Production Car Tease 9
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Galleries, Infiniti Concepts, Infiniti QX50, Infiniti Videos, Inifiniti, SUV, video on 01 9th, 2017

While this isn't our first look at Infiniti's vision for their next-generation mid-size SUV, it does mark the first time we get to see what they meant by a "high levels of modern craftsmanship" while referring to its interior.
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Year In Review: The 10 Biggest Winners And Losers Of 2016 31
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Audi TT, BMW 6-Series, BMW X1, Chrysler 200, Fiat 500L, honda-fit, Infiniti QX50, Kia K900, Mercedes GLE, Reports, Study, Volvo XC90 on 12 31st, 2016

If you're looking to find the most popular and unpopular cars of the past year, the best way to do so is to crunch some numbers.
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Infiniti’s Future High-Performance Models To Be Adorned With ‘S’ Badge 20
Posted by Brad Anderson in Infiniti, infiniti q50, Infiniti Q60, Infiniti QX50, Reports on 07 20th, 2016

While Infiniti's proposed 'Eau Rouge' range of performance models never eventuated, the company has confirmed that it will simply apply an 'S' badge to its performance vehicles.
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Infiniti To Debut Innovative V6 Petrol Engine In Their New SUV 18
Posted by Brad Anderson in Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, Reports, Tech on 07 18th, 2016

As Infiniti moves forward in its attempt to be a serious player in the luxury car market, it has emerged that its market push will be spearheaded by a revolutionary new V6 engine.
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KBB Tests New Mercedes GLC Against Lexus NX, Infiniti QX50 & Lincoln MKC 21
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Infiniti, Infiniti QX50, LEXUS, Lexus NX, Lincoln, Lincoln MKC, mercedes, Mercedes GLC, reviews, SUV, video on 06 21st, 2016

If you're in the market for a compact premium SUV and accept any type of suggestions, this comparison test from Kelly Blue Book might help you with your dilemma.
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