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2019 INFINITI QX50: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - January 15, 2018

Model Preview

For 2016, the INFINITI QX50 received a much-needed stretched wheelbase that finally made its rear seats inhabitable for anyone over 5-feet tall. Along with the new wheelbase, it received a refreshed body and some new features. After all these changes, everything remained essentially the same in 2017. Fortunately, good things are just around the corner, as INFINITI recently announced that the QX50 will be all new for 2019.

Short of the name, the 2019 QX50 will be virtually unrecognizable thanks to its redesign. It will abandon INFINITI’s signature design cues from yesteryear and bring in a new, more traditional appearance very similar to the QX60. While some INFINITI purists may scoff at the thought of this, families will now see this midsize crossover as a feasible option.

The odd part is, despite the 2019 QX50’s more traditional look, its aerodynamic drag is actually significantly lower than the previous generation. This is thanks to its slippery hood, bumpers, A-pillars and underbody panels.

While there are no images of the cabin just yet, INFINITI did paint a pretty picture in words. The 2019 QX50 will boast what the automaker expects to be best-in-class rear leg room -- a huge change for this model, even with the longer wheelbase. It will also feature a sliding rear seat that will expand the standard cargo capacity from 31.6 cubic feet to 37 cubes. With the rear seats folded, this cargo area will grow to 60 cubic feet.

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The powertrain pushing the 2019 QX50 will be all new too, as it will undergo a few massive changes in the new generation. Under its hood will be a 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine that will inject 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque in place of the old 325-hp V6 engine.

This engine will pair with a continuously variable transmission instead of last generation’s seven-speed automatic. And likely the biggest change will be its flip from rear-wheel drive in the previous generation to front-wheel drive in 2019. All-wheel drive will, of course, remain an option.

The trade-off for the big powertrain changes will be a huge boost in fuel economy, as INFINITI expects 27 miles per gallon combined in the front-wheel-drive model and 26 mpg combined with all-wheel drive. The outgoing V6-powered QX50 could only deliver 20 mpg combined.

Safety remains unknown, but the new QX50 will boast Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist technology, which is a semi-autonomous driving system that fully supports the driver in single-lane highway driving by handling braking, accelerating, and steering in one lane at highway speeds.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 INFINITI QX50 will arrive at dealers this spring.

Official pricing will start at $37,545 including destination. All-wheel drive adds $1,800 for an MSRP of $39,345. At the top of the range, the loaded "Essential" trim with all-wheel drive reaches $46,145.

Key competition will include the BMW X1, Acura RDX, and Lexus NX 300 .

Learn about the current QX50 on sale now »

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INFINITI QX50

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