2019 Infiniti QX50 Bows In LA With World’s First Production Variable Compression Engine

Following a preview earlier this month, Infiniti has unveiled the 2019 QX50.

Previewed by the QX Sport Inspiration concept, the production model has a “Powerful Elegance” design that has been created to give the crossover a commanding presence. As part of this mission, the model has been equipped with a bold front fascia that features a double-arch grille and slender LED headlights.

The dynamic styling is evident elsewhere as designers installed a clamshell hood, strong character lines, and tasteful amounts of plastic body cladding. A closer inspection reveals a chromed dual exhaust system, LED taillights, and 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels.

Infiniti interiors have always been a bit of a mixed bag but the cabin in the QX50 makes an impressive first appearance. A variety of different types of leather will be available and they can be mated with wood or aluminum trim.

Another notable interior feature is the new InTouch infotainment system which consists of a main 8-inch touchscreen display and a second 7-inch touchscreen which is used to control the climate and entertainment functions. Other highlights include an available heads-up display and a cargo compartment that can hold up to 64.4 cubic feet (1823 liters) of luggage when the rear seats are folded down.

Power is provided by an all-new 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine which produces 268 hp (200 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an XTRONIC continuously variable transmission which has been designed to replicate a traditional eight-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive will be optional.

While this is normally where we would stop talking about the engine, the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo is truly unique as it is the world’s first production engine with a variable compression ratio. The ratio ranges from 8:1 to 14:1 and it enables the model to offer high-performance as well as impressive fuel-efficiency. Speaking of the latter, the QX50 will have a combined fuel economy rating of 27 mpg with front-wheel drive and 26 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.

Since Infiniti is a luxury brand, it should come as little surprise the QX50 can be equipped with an impressive assortment of driver assistance features. These include Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Back-up Collision Intervention, and Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection.

One of the more notable features is the ProPILOT Assist function which is a semi-autonomous driving system that allows the car to take over “single-lane driving operation at the push of a button, without the driver’s input on acceleration, braking, or steering.”


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  • ErnieB

    I am impressed.. they redesigned the interior!! Unbelievable!

    • trentbg

      Yet, it still looks dated.

  • WG

    Ugh, it’s another dual screen layout, hopefully the system is intuitive to use. That “pavement” strip from the armrest to the screen looks interesting.

    • Silimarina

      well it’s the same system from Q50/Q60, wich is a bad one.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    Nissan just doesn’t do it for me. While interior materials seem to be of high quality, the design is ‘meh’ at best (I know, one man’s opinion).

    Somehow they dial back the intensity of their concepts (which look production ready) to this bland amorphous blob of swoops and bulges.

    No thanks.

    • botornot387

      Couldn’t agree more. And then their are just bits you scratch your head and think how does this pass. They need to look at competitors and borrow some ideas.

  • Raf

    The design of the interior isn’t as amazing as I thought it would be but overall big improvement. Exterior proportions are spot-on.

  • Honda NSX-R

    This won’t have trouble finding buyers.

  • haudit

    Infiniti’s dual-screen dash layout looks distracting, for one key reason – the inconsistencies between the two screens. The lower screen is flush with its surroundings, but the upper screen is recessed between the air vents, and the lower screen is gloss, while the upper screen appears to be matte. Things like that would drive me insane.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Looks the part of an SUV in this segment.

  • An Existing Person

    Wow this may honestly be the best all around product Infiniti has produced recently. The exterior is great, the interior looks quality, and the technology and engine seems promising. Only thing holding it back is the CVT. This thing will be a hit seller for the brand.

  • Nordschleife

    Ah clever Infiniti. You said yes we will keep the same dual screen setup but we’ll put a curvy break between them and they’ll never know. Well guess what Infiniti…We know.

    Other than that it’s nice. Major props for the creme, tan and blue interior with the Murano seashell wood. Great color combination.

  • Six Thousand Times

    The engine’s interesting. Nothing else is.

  • Bash

    That is a step forward! i like it.

  • no25

    i hate that stupid zig zag dent thing on the back of the side windows. wth even is that? thats not good design. overall, kind of bland. interior = dated (as are most Infiniti interiors). exterior = bulgy mess. what up with those diamond seats? that won’t be comfortable to sit on.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    New engine tech
    Exterior design
    Interior design changes
    Interior design still bland

  • botornot387

    Not horrible, but could be better. Honestly the transmission is a deal killer for me personally. Driven many cvts and they just aren’t good. This will probably do much better than the departed model. I hope Infiniti does a performance model in vein of the sq5. The interior seems nice, but the top screen graphics still look bad, they need a better mapping partner, the instruments are dying for a digital display unlike the very nissanesque ones here, and get a better audio system than Bose..

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  • Deckard_Cain

    The exterior looks great. The interior looks terrible with that dual screen layout.

  • 31/12/2999

    Beautiful in every essence.

  • Tex

    Very nice. I am sure they will follow up with a bigger engine and establish and justify a higher price after they see what the price anchoring for this 2.0T is.

  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    The exterior is fine. The interior for its time, the previous generation in my opinion had a very lovely classic yet contemporary interior. The interior is OK but not having the same vibe. I drove the car few years back and it has an amazing engine, a lovely interior for the time, that made me wonder why would you go for a Macan if you had all that power and handling at less than half the price

  • Tumbi Mtika

    “the QX50 will have a combined fuel economy rating of 27 mpg with *front-wheel drive* and 26 mpg combined with all-wheel drive”


    • dn12005

      With a likely 18-20 gal fuel tank that will potentially take its driver close to 600mi per fill up under ideal conditions…

      I think total fuel range is more important than gas mileage economy. I came to this appreciation some time ago while on a long road trip in my G37 coupe, and a friend had an E9X BMW coupe. Yes, he had better gas mileage but I drove further on fill-ups. 20-gal tank vs (I think,) 15-gal tank. I averaged 420mi to empty where he was ~380mi.

      When the Q50 first came out, that same size tank got the Q to 560mi on fill-up…now, the BMW F30 has a 20-gal tank…with better mpg and fuel range than the Q.

      So, I think the tank size is just as important as the marketed gas mileage economy. Heck, I’m averaging 31.5mpg in my ’14 Ford Focus hatchback, but barely can make it to 310mi per fill-up…12-gal tank.

  • Chris Fame

    This is a huge improvement for infiniti, the engine is a little complex but it’s still for the better. Exterior looks decent. The interior is far better then any thing out infiniti. Especially with the recycling they have been doing in the QX80 and others. Just hope they do better in future with this design and hope they actually do a better job with keeping the infotainment system intuitive.

  • U8INIT

    They need to hybrid this thing stat…gorg none the less…progress guys; the money they get from the increased SUV sales should give them the coin to redesign the interior that is deserving of a luxury brand. Lets be honest; MB just now put in an updated interior befitting of a luxury brand. So give them time. This will be the last of these interiors; I’m sure the next generations of Infinit’s will be on par…

  • nauticalone

    Looks impressive!

  • AstonMartin

    Always been a supporter of Infiniti however can’t get behind this replacement for the iconic FX (too many name changes to track). The replacement deserved so much better in design and performance.

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