The QX Sport Inspiration is an all-new concept that will underpin the new 2020 Infiniti QX50. Things are changing very quickly in the compact luxury crossover market. The QX50 arrived in 2013 and in 2016 it hit the second generation. Now, the compact SUV is heading to the next chapter. Whatsoever, we are looking forward to it. The Sport Inspiration concept is a platform for all-electric vehicles. There are no doubts that the new QX50 is going to get a lot of advanced features, and, who knows, it might become an all-electric SUV.
The 2020 Infiniti QX50 will belong to the compact class. It is positioned between a subcompact QX30 and a larger QX60. With a new concept mentioned in rumors about the upcoming vehicle, we can conclude there is an upcoming update on the model for the 2020 season. For some while, we can hear that Infiniti is exploring the possibility to add an autonomous drive to its small vehicles. The QX50 will be able to do some self-driving functions. Still, the premium model offers plenty of features and equipment that will boost overall comfort and impression.
2020 Infiniti QX50 Engine, Specs
Nissan and Infiniti’s engineers made an old engine look young. Variable compression is something that will make a turbocharged mill more efficient. By changing the stroke of pistons, the engine boosts overall performance in every segment. We can say this is an advanced technology that was available on 2019 QX50 for the first time. Of course, the same system will power the next model.
The 2020 Infiniti QX50 will get a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine with this VC technology. The system develops 270 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Combined gas mileage of this unit is 27 mpg for front-wheel drive mode. The all-wheel drive consumes slightly more gasoline, but the change is trivial. A smooth CVT is paired with the powertrain and the QX50 is able to tow 3,000 pounds.
Electric Drivetrain and Sport Inspiration Concept
The latest auto show in Detroit unveiled an all-new electric SUV concept by Infiniti. But, when we take a look at QX Sport Inspiration platform it seems to be too futuristic. Still, it will be a good base for electrification of the new 2020 Infiniti QX50. Details were not unveiled, but rumors are whispering that the electric SUV could offer a range of 300 miles. Still, a good network and advanced systems of recharging are needed. So, the Sport Inspiration concept won’t head into production so soon. On the other hand, the new QX50 could use some technologies from its new sibling.
Some Nissan and Infiniti vehicles are already using self-driving features. Well, the ProPilot system is still at level 1 of the autonomous driving pyramid. The new 2020 Infiniti QX50 could move it up to levels 2 or 3. Nissan Rogue and Nissan Leaf are using the most features we can call a self-driving. Speed and distance control with help by sensors are already available. Change of line needs the minimum intervention of a driver. The next step of the autonomous drive includes auto parking and more freedom in the drive for this system. Well, Tesla is a leader in this segment and it still sits at level 3 of self-driving modes. No vehicle is using levels 4 or 5, where driver’s reactions are almost at zero percent.
2020 Infiniti QX50 Trim Levels, Features
The new 2020 Infiniti QX50 will continue to use the same trim levels as its predecessor. Well, the ProPilot is definitely a highlight of this crossover SUV. Still, Infiniti offers plenty of other cool features. The interior comfort receives the praise of all owners. Rear seats can slide or recline. If you need more space, you can just fold them. Driver’s bucket comes with power lumbar, while front seats are offering 8-way adjustable positions. Panoramic moonroof and roof rails are some of the things you are getting from the Luxe package. Fog lamps are getting LED lights. HomeLink garage door opener is available as well.
Top of the line model is Essential. Leather-appointed seats are boosting comfort. Navigation is standard for this version of 2020 Infiniti QX50. Well, it is part of the latest InTouch system. Well, the infotainment package expects a new generation in 2021, and the QX50 for next season could present some novelties for it. The list of options is pretty long for the Essential model, and it includes a lot of sensors, driver aid features, and tri-zone climate control.
2020 Infiniti QX50 Release Date and Price
Fans can’t wait to see the first big update of the second generation crossover. The release date of the 2020 Infiniti QX50 is not set yet, but we assume the preview of the compact SUV’s new features could happen in the next couple of months. The advanced technology needs time to go through tests, and autonomous drive will be available early in 2020. Well, the base models won’t change the cost, so the Pure version will be available from $37,000. All-wheel drive adds around $2,000 and Luxe package another grand.