2021 INFINITI QX50: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - April 17, 2020

Model Preview

The second-generation INFINITI QX50 arrived in 2019 with a sharp, new look, more roominess, and more. With this new-look crossover entering just its third model year, we expect the 2021 QX50 to hit showrooms as a carryover model.

The 2019 redesign of the QX50 brought in an all-new look and feel for this compact crossover. It took the swoopy and sporty look it once had and familyfied it with a more vertical rear hatch, a less swoopy roofline, and a longer hood. In 2020, the QX50’s body remained the same, and we expect the 2021 QX50 to continue the carryover ways.

What will be new for 2021 will be the QX55, which will be a sportier crossover coupe derived from the QX50 that'll feature a raked D-pillar and rear glass and a swoopier roofline.

Inside, the QX50’s redesign fixed the model’s biggest shortcomings: roominess. It expanded the rear seat leg room to a livable 38.7 inches and expanded the cargo area to a more useful 31.1 cubes with the rear seats upright. On top of that, it also introduced a more modern and luxurious-looking interior that included a dual-screen infotainment system, quilted-leather upholstery, a sporty steering wheel, and more. In 2020, INFINITI revised the clunky infotainment software, but it’s still frustrating. Fortunately, this update also included standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so you can bypass many of the frustrating features. We expect everything to remain the same inside the 2021 INFINITI QX50.


Powering the current INFINITI QX50 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This power flows through a continuously variable transmission and out to the front or all four wheels. We expect this powertrain to remain the same in the 2021 QX50.

Safety is a mixed bag in the current QX50, as it comes standard with plenty of nannies to keep you safe but hasn’t been through full IIHS testing yet. Its standard safety gear includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, blind-spot monitors, lane-departure warnings, automatic high-beam headlights, and rear cross-traffic alerts. Standard in Essential and higher trims are active lane control and adaptive cruise control.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official on-sale date for the 2021 QX50, but reports indicate a July 2020 arrival.

Pricing also remains unclear, but since there are no updates, we expect no significant changes relative to the current model’s MSRP range of $38,275 to $56,875 (destination fees included).

This compact luxury crossover will compete with the Acura RDX, BMW X3, and Lincoln Corsair.

Learn more about the current QX50 on sale now »

Pictured: 2020 INFINITI QX50

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