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 offered a choice of rear-wheel or 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.
The engine is the new KR20 variable-compression-ratio inline-four, dubbed VC-Turbo (or VC-T) by Infiniti, for Variable Compression Turbo. A development of the MR20 2.0-liter four-cylinder, it is fitted with a complex mechanism that can vary the volume of the combustion chamber by changing the relative position of the piston over its stroke to adjust the compression ratio between 14.0:1 and 8.0:1.
Today, the QX50 remains one of the most powerful and versatile personal crossovers in the segment. But much has changed for the model year – starting with the addition of 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 sporty Q50 sedan. Standard content has also been increased, including the addition of a moonroof for all grade levels. Additionally, a new Hagane Blue exterior color 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 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 with the updated QX50.”