Infiniti is planning of introducing the second-generation 2018 Infiniti QX50 model which is supposed to address some factors which the car was missing with its current generation. Although the current car is praised for its roominess and comfort levels, while also being able to fit an expanded offer of standard equipment, there are some faults that the car was criticized for. The car was often regarded as having a dated look while at the same time being equally as expensive as some Mercedes-Benz and BMW cars. This is all about to change.
The original first-generation model was introduced to the market in 2007. It was the company’s first ever crossover vehicle and was called the EV at first. The name was kept around till 2013 and under the new name also the sales in America started. The facelift that the car received in 2016 added additional legroom for the back seats but did not address the issue with the style of the car.
The new 2018 Infiniti QX50 was already showcased for the first time at the Detroit Auto Show as a concept vehicle and it also marked the debut of the Sport Inspiration style of design that the QX50 is going to use. This style has been released in 2016 and this one will be one of the premier vehicles to use it. But with the new style the QX50 also provides new technology and some parts which are going to be used on this car for the first time. One of them being the first semi-autonomous driving system.
The pictures which have circled the net unveiled a nice looking car and it appears that the second-generation model is supposed to do what they have proposed for it to make. But we still do not have the exact release date and we will be mainly working with estimations until the release is confirmed. Here is our review and the current situation with the new 2018 Infiniti QX50.
When will the 2018 Infiniti QX50 Release Date be?
The current estimations say that the 2018 Infiniti QX50 is supposed to make its debut by the end of the year. They are predicting it as being offered for sale by the end of the year but a more appropriate release date is still the 2018 model year. It will certainly make its debut in America then. For information about 2019 Infiniti QX50 release date you can check out our recent review of the car.
What Pricing can we expect?
What we can expect for the 2018 Infiniti QX50 is to raise its price a bit. Although the car has been criticized for being a bit on the expensive side they have still not managed to lower it. The luxury brand will contain a number of features which make it a good looking model and we are bound to get some pretty new ones and hence the price. It is expected to be priced at around 36,000 dollars for starters.
2018 Infiniti QX50 Exterior Design and Details
It appears that the 2018 Infiniti QX50 is going to closely relate to the design which made its debut in 2016. It is a model which is closely knit to the design of the concept and follows the cues from there. People are actually describing it as an evolution of the QX Sport Inspiration of language design. The front end transfers the majority of the details from the concept, like the grille, headlamps, engine hood and the vertical intakes in the corners. The bumper received revised vents added and LED fog lamps will be newly added.
The side of the QX50 shows a toned down look. There are no side cameras on this model and instead there are some side mirrors added. The side skirts will have a usual kind of a look and won’t go for anything extreme. The rear end keeps the same tailgate and taillights design. The only difference are the vents which are added on both sdies of the fascia. The roof spoiler is only a bit larger and license plate recess come in a trapezoidal shape. The Sport Inspiration style also helps the car get more of an SUV-like design.
2018 Infiniti QX50 Interior Changes and Design
While the outside has copied the Sport Inspiration look a lot of the interior of the 2018 Infiniti QX50 will not be able to do that. The idea was too futuristic looking to be safely transferred for a production vehicle and that is why they have decided to go for a more production friendly option this time. We are in fact getting at a standard luxury inside with a two-tone dashboard, a display flanked which is surrounded by two A/C vents on its sides and a regular center stack. There is a big screen in the instrument cluster placed within the gauges.
The seats have also been redesigned and have toned down style. The flat bottom steering wheel in the concept is also replaced for a usual one. The cabin also incorporates a choice between brown colors, white or even a light-blue specter which makes it very tasteful and gives us a nice and relaxing atmosphere.
2018 Infiniti QX50 Engines
The drivetrain is the biggest news for the upcoming 2018 Infiniti QX50. It is where the most changes have occurred for the upcoming vehicle and it will add the use of Infiniti’s new variable compression technology, called VC-Turbo. It is supposed to combine the power of 2.0-liter turbo gasoline and the efficiency of a diesel engine. But to put everything into perspective and in a few words, the chosen engine is the 3.7-liter V-6 one rated at 325 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.
0-60 mph and Top Speed
It appears that with the new engine type the ability of the 2018 Infiniti QX50 will also change. This means that we are getting a performance which will improve the 5.7 seconds while the old model needed to reach 0-60 mph. The top speed will be similar to the current 145 mph, but the acceleration will be much easier and better.
What is the Fuel Economy Going to be like?
We are also hoping for improvements in terms of fuel economy of the 2018 Infiniti QX50 car. The outgoing model is able to measure to 24 mpg city and 17 mpg highway. But with the added improvements made with the VC-Turbo addition, we are probably looking at EPA ratings which are going to go to 31 mpg highway and 21 mpg city drive. Pretty good if you ask us.