The luxury SUV market is very competitive and the Infiniti QX50 has carved out a sweet spot for itself by offering a balanced combination of economy and performance. The fierce competition between the SUV with its key rivals like the Lexus and the Acura has prompted Infiniti to enhance and upgrade its features from time to time. Infiniti had stretched the wheelbase in the 2018 version of the SUV and Japanese car maker is due to add several enhancements in the 2019 Infiniti QX50 that will be unveiled at the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles motor show.
A new platform
The 2019 Infiniti QX50 is based on a lighter and stronger platform that is made up of high-strength steel. The SUV’s length, wheelbase and ground clearance has dimensions of 184.4 inches, 110.2 inches and 8.6 inches respectively. The SUV’s 31.65 cubic feet storage space can be maximized by adjusting the position as well the dimensions of the rear bench. The sliding and folding can help to expand the space to 37 cubic feet and to 60 cubic foot respectively. It has been reported that the current features like ProPilot Assist will be extended to the new SUV.
The QX50 will be fitted with Infiniti’s 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine that will deliver 268 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque. the inline-four engine also offers higher efficiency due to a high-compression ratio. The engine has a ratio that is between 8:1 and 14:1. It is estimated that an all-wheel-drive model will have a fuel economy of 26 mpg and a standard front-wheel-drive will have a fuel economy of 27 mpg. The SUV can be expected to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. Additionally, it will have a maximum speed of 143 mph.
Targeting emerging markets
The Infiniti QX50 is one of the luxury SUV’s that is gaining popularity in emerging markets like China where it is being rivalled by Lexus and Acura. Infiniti’s sales have already picked up in global markets like Dubai and the rest of the Middle East. Hence, it is speculated that the 2019 Infiniti QX50 will become a key driver of growth within the company’s target markets.