A significantly redesigned 2016 Infiniti QX50 debuted in New York with styling tweaks bringing it in line with current Infiniti design thinking. More important, this 5-passenger luxury compact crossover gets an impressive wheelbase stretch that bolsters passenger space and adds new standard and optional equipment. While the 2016 lineup has been simplified to only two models - a QX50 and QX50 AWD - a new Premium Plus Package joins the existing Premium, Deluxe Touring and Technology trims.

The most prominent exterior changes to the 2016 QX50 are up front, where a bolder fascia is anchored by a restyled double-arch grille, new lower valance and LED running lamps. The rear changes are less dramatic, but does have a redrawn soft cap and exhaust outlet. Rounding out the remake are more aggressively sculpted side sills, while the Deluxe Touring Package features 19-inch alloy wheels. 

Stretched wheelbase

The most meaningful modification of the new QX50 is the 3.2-inch wheelbase stretch that contributes to a 4.5-inch bump in overall length. This adds 8.3 cu ft of additional interior space and expands second-row leg room and knee room by 4.3 inches and 3.9 inches, respectively. The ground clearance of the 2016 rear-drive QX50 has been raised by 0.4 inch and double that amount on versions fitted with Infiniti's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. 

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Leather lined and impressively equipped, the 2016 QX50 increases its roster of standard equipment by adding a power moonroof and heated front seats. On the option front, the new Premium Plus Package includes a Bose Premium Audio System, Advanced Climate Control System, dual memory seats, power tilt/telescoping steering column, maple trim accents. The Premium Package has an Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation system, Around View Monitor and front/rear Sonar System. The Deluxe Touring Package boasts Adaptive Front lighting that includes auto-leveling HID xenon headlamps, an 8-way power passenger's seat, power-up 2nd row seat backs, 19-inch alloy wheels with 245/45R19 all-season performance tires. The Technology Package adds Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention, full-speed-range Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist, Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning and Blind Spot Warning. 

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There are no changes to the QX50's already quite capable powertrain components. All versions have a 3.7-liter/325-horsepower naturally aspirated V6 engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode, Downshift Rev Matching and Adaptive Shift Control. The 2016 Infiniti QX50 lineup will arrive in showrooms later this year. Pricing will be announced near the on-sale date.

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