2016 Infiniti QX50 Gets Longer Wheelbase, Lower Base Price

The redesigned Infiniti QX50 is a step up from the model it replaces offering both more room and more standard features. But even so, it starts at $34,450, a lower base price than the current model. The base model adds a longer wheelbase, along with standard features like heated seats and a moonroof.

In terms of room, the facelifted luxury crossover gives you more of it thanks to a 3.2 inch longer wheelbase, the platform used for the Chinese-market model, for an overall 4.5 inches longer body. It’s comfier in the back seat with 4.3 inches more legroom. The longer wheelbase also means more cargo space for carting things around.

“The 2016 QX50 offers excellent utility and cargo versatility, and it’s also great fun to drive,” says Randy Parker, Vice President, Infiniti Americas.

Inside, the cabin features Infiniti’s signature double-wave instrument panel and analog clock. It also comes with plenty of standard luxury features including heated front seats, premium leather-appointed seating, aluminum accents, RearView monitoring, Bluetooth hands-free calling, Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, and a power sliding and tilting tinted moonroof.

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The QX50 starts at $34,450 for the base RWD model. The AWD version starts at $35,850. Both models carry the 3.7-liter V6 engine that packs 325 horsepower with 267 pound-feet of torque. Both models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission that offers a custom driving experience with manual shift mode, DX mode, Downshift Rev Matching, and Adaptive Shift Control.

“The enhanced 2016 Infiniti QX50 delivers a rewarding experience for both driver and passengers. With its standard 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and range of advanced safety, driving and parking aids such as Around View Monitor, driving is a pleasure. And with the added rear seat roominess and cargo flexibility, passengers will enjoy riding in an QX50 more than ever before,” adds Parker.

The exterior features a sporty coupe meets crossover SUV design with a drawn back sloping roofline, long hood, and strong body lines. The front begins with a Infiniti’s new double-arch grille and signature L-shaped headlights that now come with LED daytime Running Lights. The rear hatch features a spoiler with a center mounted brake light. To get the full sporty SUV coupe feel there is also available aluminum roof rails.

Along with the lower base price, the 2016 model also offers a Premium Package on both RWD and AWD models. For $500 it includes a Bose Premium Audio System with 11 speakers, an Advanced Climate Control System, Aluminum roof rails, Maple interior accents, an auto-dimming inside mirror with Homelink Universal Transceiver, and outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature.

The new 2016 QX50 is available in dealerships now.

Photo Credit: Infiniti
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