The 2020 Infiniti QX50 was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year, becoming arguably the most compelling Infiniti to date with world-first technologies, standout design, enhanced interior space and an entirely new platform. For 2020, the QX50 continues to provide the highest level of versatility, efficiency and performance in luxury mid-size crossovers.
The 2020 Infiniti QX50 luxury mid-size crossover is now offered in five well-equipped grade levels and in a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The 2020 Infiniti QX50 Pure comes equipped with standard features and equipment including the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine, paddle shifters, 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED headlamps and LED signature Daytime Running Lights, leatherette seats, Intelligent Key, power liftgate, Infiniti InTouch dual display system, Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, High Beam Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Automatic Braking, rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay® integration and Android Auto™ and much more.
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2020 Infiniti QX50: tech galore
The 2020 Infiniti QX50 Luxe model adds the power panoramic moonroof, LED fog lamps, roof rails, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote engine start, HomeLink® universal transceiver and more.
The 2020 Infiniti QX50 Essential model includes INFINITI InTouch with Navigation and INFINITI InTouch Services, Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, heated outside mirrors, heated front seats, front parking sensors and more.
The 2o2o Infinti QX50 Sensory model adds 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Bose® Performance Series audio system, leather-appointed seats, heated steering wheel, Distance Control Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Intervention, Lane Departure Intervention, “Ice Cube” LED headlights, Adaptive Front lighting System and more.
The 2020 QX50 Autograph model includes ProPILOT Assist technology, Head-Up Display, Direct Active Steering, climate-controlled seats, Tri-zone Climate Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Motion Activated Liftgate and semi-aniline leather-appointed seating. Eight option packages are also available.
Several significant enhancements have been made for 2020, including the addition of new QX50 Sensory and QX50 Autograph grade levels, standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration and a new-generation infotainment system with dual HD displays. In addition, a new Mocha Almond exterior color is now available, while content and naming of several optional equipment packages has also been revised.
2020 Infiniti QX50: bold styling
Safety, security and driver-assistance updates include a wide range of advanced technologies that are now standard on all grade levels: Rear Automatic Braking (replaces previous Backup Collision Intervention), Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, High Beam Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and rear parking sensors. Traffic Sign Recognition has been added to the ProACTIVE Package.
The bold exterior styling brings a fresh interpretation of INFINITI’s distinctive “Powerful Elegance” design language to the crossover segment. The unrivalled interior space, artistic application of high quality materials and advanced craftsmanship make the cabin as welcoming and comfortable as it is flexible.
The VC-Turbo engine, the world’s first production variable compression ratio engine, delivers driving pleasure and efficiency in equal measure, while INFINITI Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and ProPILOT Assist technologies react discreetly to certain driving situations, supporting the driver with a range of empowering driver-assist features.
The 2020 Infiniti QX50 is defined by its distinctive proportions, which set the car apart from its competitors. Influenced by INFINITI’s “Powerful Elegance” design language – characterized by flowing sculptural lines and strong, muscular proportions – the 2020 QX50 has an elevated, commanding crossover stance and strong character lines.
Within this design theme, the company’s signature design cues make the QX50 instantly recognizable as a modern Infiniti. For example, the Infiniti’s exclusive double-arch grille gives the face of the QX50 a unique and distinguished appearance. For use with the QX50, the double-arch grille is wider with no gaps between the grille and the hood.
The QX50 features Infiniti’s signature LED headlight design, which emulates the human eye in its appearance, alluring and intense when seen at a glance. The horizontal light signature cuts across the projector to make a visual statement, similar in execution to the headlamps from the Infiniti I Q60 sports coupe.
The QX50’s striking visual character is enhanced by a clamshell hood, presenting a strong degree of muscularity while retaining balanced body proportions. The unique hood shape facilitates the enhanced cabin proportions. A four-link hinge system has been created especially for the QX50, allowing deep, sharp-edged character lines to flow from the hood along the body. Integrating the A-pillar into this shape also makes the hood appear longer.
The QX50’s sophisticated rear aspect is characterized by clean, simple lines and curves that release the visual energy built up from character lines flowing along the vehicle’s sides. Infiniti’s signature crescent-cut D-pillar extends the visual length of the roofline, and the rear pillar arcs forward, emphasizing motion even when the car is stationary. The design of the LED taillights matches the shape of the front headlamps. The rear light design connects visually to the chrome tailgate strip and runs into the sides of the QX50, creating an uninterrupted visual line flowing from the front to the rear of the car. Chrome dual exhaust tips, within the rear lower bumper, complete the rear appearance.
The 2020 Infiniti QX50’s commanding stance is aided by a choice of 19-inch or 20-inch wheels – which also adds to its sense of agility and crossover-like ruggedness. The wheels are pushed as far as possible into the corners, helping minimize the intrusion of the wheel arches into the passenger cabin on interior space. The rear overhang is just 37.48 inches.
Aerodynamic efficiency is another key to the QX50’s design, with the drag coefficient improved by six percent compared to the previous-generation QX50. The hood, A-pillar, tailgate and enclosed underbody are all specially designed to encourage airflow over, around and under the vehicle, with minimal turbulence. The bumpers and wheel arches feature air slits, inlets and outlets to assist the efficient flow of air.
2020 Infiniti QX50: eight color choices
In addition, the center of the QX50 roof is subtly recessed towards the rear of the car, and the side spoiler (connecting the sides of the rear spoiler to the rear window) and a defined trailing edge to the rear combination lamps each contribute towards a zero lift design.
The available Motion Activated Liftgate allows the keyholder to open the tailgate automatically by waving a foot under the rear bumper, enabling them to open the tailgate even when their hands might be full. The tailgate can also be opened remotely, either from the driver’s seat or by pressing a button on the key fob.
The QX50 is available in eight exterior colors: Majestic White (premium color), Liquid Platinum, Graphite Shadow, Dynamic Sunstone Red (premium color), Hermosa Blue, Lunar White, Black Obsidian and new Mocha Almond (premium color).
As with the exterior, the design of the QX50 interior deliberately articulates a sense of advanced human artistry. There is also a strong focus on space and functionality, with innovative packaging that creates ideal roominess and flexibility.
The interior space is highly flexible with a sliding rear bench. The cargo area is 39.0 inches deep with the rear bench all the way back – increasing to 44.9 inches with the seats moved forward. As one of few vehicles in its segment to offer sliding second-row seats, the QX50 boasts rear legroom of up to 38.7 inches – sufficient to let rear passengers cross their legs in comfort.
The trunk’s volume is 31.1 cubic feet, with the rear seats in their rear-most position, expanding to 64.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The trunk accommodates three golf bags, or a stroller situated lengthwise, with space for additional cargo. Hidden under-floor storage compartments can be used to stow valuable items or wet and muddy clothing.
The panoramic moonroof, which is standard on all models except PURE, stretches from the front row through to the cargo area, providing a dramatic view of the sky for all passengers. The moonroof visually enhances interior space, flooding the interior with natural light to accentuate the sense of space.
The QX50’s driver-centric, passenger-minded asymmetric interior design enhances the driving experience and creates a calm and connected space. It also offers technologies that enhance the potential for relaxation and calm, creating an environment suited to the needs of driver and passengers alike.
For the driver, the steering wheel has a sport-inspired form, shaped for a comfortable grip over long distances to minimize hand fatigue while allowing the driver to feel fully in control. Paddle shifters are mounted on the steering wheel, rather than the steering column, for ease of use. The wheel is finished in matte chrome and cross-stitched leather, while the gear shifter is also wrapped in leather and positioned for intuitive control.
An intuitive Human Machine Interface helps take the stress out of driving for greater comfort on longer journeys. The system adopts smartphone-style controls, and each of the screens can be operated with pinch-in/out operation.
The 2020 QX50 also includes a new-generation infotainment system with INFINITI InTouch™ dual HD displays with upper 8-inch and lower 7-inch VGA LCD touch screens. Apple CarPlay® integration and Android Auto™ integration are also standard on all QX50 grade levels.
The QX50 also connects users to the car with its InTouch infotainment system, allowing access to vehicle comfort and entertainment settings via dual screens at the center of the instrument panel. Users can interact intuitively with InTouch, either through the dual touchscreen displays or through the INFINITI Controller, a dial on the center armrest. Occupants can also connect to InTouch via a hand-held device, meaning passengers can stream media from smartphones, tablets, MP3 players and notebooks, connecting devices with one of the four USB ports, or via Bluetooth® for wireless music streaming and voice calls. Video can also be connected and played back, and InTouch can synchronize with a phone’s digital calendar.
In addition, the Head-Up Display in the driver’s line of sight shows important warnings and information on a 9-inch area on the windscreen, requiring drivers to adjust their sightline by just four degrees, compared to the 20 degrees that is typical in other vehicles. It is optional on the SENSORY grade and standard on AUTOGRAPH grade.
Heated and ventilated seats in the front, as well as a heated steering wheel, are also available. A Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control allows the driver to start the engine remotely with the Intelligent Key, and it offers the ability to cool or heat the cabin before entering.
The optional Bose® Performance Series audio system is designed to replicate the rich sound of a live music performance. The 16-speaker system is tuned specifically for the QX50’s interior acoustics, and the hardware underpinning the system includes an amplifier, a high-quality sound processer, tweeter speakers and a subwoofer.
Smooth leather or quilting is used for seats, with open-pore wood or aluminum adorning the dashboard.The 2020 QX50 is powered by Infiniti’s 2.0-liter VC-Turbo, the world’s first production variable compression ratio engine – one of the most advanced internal combustion engines ever created.
Article Last Updated: April 9, 2020.
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