The mid-size 2021 Infiniti QX50 enters the new model year after the recent full redesign and there should be no meaningful upgrades for the new season. The second-generation QX50 arrived for the 2019 model year while the model received a new round of upgrades for the 2020 season. The 2020 version added Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility as well as a new dual-screen infotainment setup. The last model years expanded also availability of some active safety systems to the base trim. The next version should just make some changes in the equipment availability and offer a few new features such as the additional wheel and color options.
The QX50 is better prepared to challenge some of the most recognizable nameplates in the industry thanks to the recent redesign. The newest QX50 is roomy and comfortable and there is plenty of cargo space. The model is also attractive and loaded with modern tech and safety features. It is also quiet and comfortable while riding and an innovative turbo-4 engine provides a good fuel economy.
2021 Infiniti QX50: Design
The all-new, second-generation Infiniti QX50 arrived recently based on the new architecture and with attractive styling. So, there is no much room for improvement for the next 2021 Infiniti QX50 both structurally and visually. The next model year should just bring new color and wheel options and possibly a new appearance package.
The Infiniti QX50 sits on the new, front-wheel-drive Nissan D platform which provides multiple benefits including better ride quality and efficiency as well as the implementation of modern tech and safety features. The new-generation version switched from the rear-wheel biased architecture and while sized similarly as the previous version it is more comfortable inside.
The Infiniti QX50 gets also attention with sporty and curvy styling. The front section integrates the brand’s signature mesh grille flanked by angular and nicely accentuated headlights. The sport-style front bumper and sculpted hood add also to its appearance.
Dynamic body sculpting continues on the model’s profile and rear. The model has a flowing character line and shapely tailgate. Attractive taillights and trim inserts contribute also to the model’s look.
The cabin of the model is comfortable and roomy thanks to the recent redesign. The QX50 come also with modern tech features.
The model has a curvy dash with a dual-screen setup. The new-generation version is also available with the digital instrument cluster.
The 2021 Infiniti QX50 comes with comfortable seats and rear passengers get decent legroom. The cargo capacity is up to 64.4 cubes or 31 cubic feet behind the rear row.
At the equipment level, the model is loaded with upscale features and modern tech from the start. The base version will offer keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, a power liftgate, power front seats, simulated leather upholstery, etc. The base tech package includes dual center screen arrangement with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Standard safety suite covers automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beam, lane departure warning, rear automatic braking, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
The mid-range versions add navigation, heated front seats, parking sensors, surround-view cameras, etc.
The top grades get the upgraded leather upholstery, premium sound system, a hands-free tailgate, heated steering wheel and more.
2021 Infiniti QX50: Performance
The 2021 Infiniti QX50 returns with the innovative turbo-4 engine and available front- and all-wheel drive. The transmission of choice is a continuously variable automatic.
A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine makes 268 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The engine employs variable compression ratio technology to provide better performance and efficiency.
At the efficiency level, the all-wheel-drive Infiniti QX50 should return 22 mpg city, 28 highway, or 25 mpg combined. With the front-wheel drive, the model should score 26 mpg combined.
The QX50 comes also with the steer-by-wire system which the brand calls Direct Adaptive Steering. The system available in the top versions provides a nice and natural response to steering inputs. In the case of this system, there is no direct link between the steering wheel and front wheels.
2021 Infiniti QX50: Release, Price
The 2021 Infiniti QX50 should arrive this fall. The price should get a slight increase across the range despite no significant upgrades. The current model starts from $37, 250 and goes to mid-$50,000 with most features equipped.