Look familiar? This luxury crossover’s been with us since 2007, but it’s been through a few names changes on its way to the 2015 New York Auto Show.
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The QX50 isn’t brand-new, not exactly. In its original form, it was launched back in 2007 as the EX35. Then, after an upgrade in displacement, it was called the EX37. Then in 2014 Infiniti renamed all its vehicles, with a QX for all its crossover SUVs.
Today that gets us the updated QX50, which goes a long way to fix one of its bigger shortcomings—its back seat space. For 2016, the QX50 comes in a new body style—one with a wheelbase some 3.2 inches longer than last year’s model. It’s a vehicle originally built specifically for China.
Infiniti’s quoting 4.3 inches of additional rear seat legroom and 3.9 inches of additional rear knee room. There’s also an addition 8.3 cubic feed of total interior space. It’s much more usable for four adults now.
It is a little hard to tell how much has changed, though. You’ll have to look closely to spot the updates, but some tweaks have been made—like new bumpers, mirrors, and a new grille.
The QX50’s drivetrain is the same as before. It’s powered by a a 325-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6. Power is sent to the wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The QX50 lineup is pretty simple. Just two models will be offered: the rear-wheel-drive QX50 and the all-wheel-drive QX50 AWD. Standard features include leather, heated front seats, pushbutton start, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera. Spend more and you’ll get blind-spot monitors, surround-view cameras, adaptive cruise control, and a forward-collision warning system.
The 2016 Infiniti QX50 goes on sale later this year, priced from about $36,000.
Learn more about the 2016 Infiniti QX50 here.