2019 QX50 New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Infiniti QX50 cloaks breakthrough technology in a stylish new crossover body. Infiniti claims the QX50 has the most advanced gasoline engine in the world, while it also promises a big leap forward in comfort and performance.
Built on a new platform, the second-generation QX50 luxury mid-size crossover blends good looks with a spacious interior and advanced safety technology. Its new 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine sports variable compression-ratio technology that can deliver more power and better economy, it says, and its ProPilot Assist driver-assistance technology for 2019 can help steer and brake the car as a backup to the driver's inputs.
The new 2.0-liter turbo-4 can vary how much power it delivers, based upon changing power demands. Although the system is complex, it operates seamlessly from the driver's perspective. On paper it delivers a 30-percent improvement in fuel economy versus the previous QX50, and makes 268 horsepower, versus 325 horsepower in the outgoing V-6 engine. Torque output is 280 pound-feet, compared to 267 lb-ft in the former version.
Pure, Luxe, and Essential trim levels are offered. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard.
Few crash-test results are available. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash-tested the QX50 only in part, giving “Good” ratings for moderate front overlap and side-impact collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not tested the current QX50.
Forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking are now standard on all QX50s. Blind-spot monitors are standard on mid-level Luxe trim and above. Other active-safety features are available on top trim levels, split into two option packages.
One package adds adaptive cruise control and parking sensors. The second, called ProPilot Assist, focuses on semi-autonomous technology. ProPilot Assist can help keep the vehicle inside a lane at lower speeds, but requires constant driver attention, and is able to function only with clearly visible lane markings, on uninterrupted stretches of open road. The option package includes active lane control and automatic parking assist.
In addition to Infiniti's suite of active safety systems, options include Bose premium audio and 20-inch wheels..
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
Pure ($36,550 with front-drive, $38,350 with all-wheel drive) is equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, pushbutton start, Bluetooth connectivity, power front seats, and a dual-screen infotainment system. Forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking also are included.
Luxe ($39,400 with FWD, $41,200 with AWD) adds blind-spot monitors, a panoramic moonroof, LED foglights, and roof rails.
Essential ($43,350 with FWD, $45,150 with AWD) comes with leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, a motion-activated liftgate, navigation, a surround-view camera system, front/rear parking sensors, and remote start..