Nissan’s luxury division is currently busy with new models like QX55 and next-generaiton QX60, but that doesn’t mean its designers can’t find time to work on the QX50 as well. After all, we are talking about the brand’s most popular model by a large margin. Therefore, we do not doubt that the company wants to keep it fresh and competitive. So, the 2022 Infiniti QX50 could already come with more important updates. Some sources suggest a facelift, though the officials are still quiet on this matter.
If this facelift happens, we presume it would bring novelties in various aspects. Of course, the styling comes to mind first. Still, we might see some changes on the inside as well, particularly in terms of the infotainment system, which currently seems a little bit outdated. On the other side, we definitely don’t expect bigger changes under the hood, though there are some rumors that talk about the possible hi-performance version. In any case, we don’t expect to see 2022 Infiniti QX50 on sale much earlier than usual.
2022 Infiniti QX50 Redesign
In terms of the base design, we definitely won’t see bigger changes. The current generation has been around for less than four years and still has a lot to do before the redesign. Therefore, the mechanics will most likely remain the same, including the suspension setup, which is on the soft side and makes this compact crossover a comfortable cruiser. However, we would definitely like to see some revisions in terms of steering, considering that the current one isn’t particularly great.
On the other side, we do expect to see a facelift. The current model still looks very attractive. Still, we presume the company would make a couple of changes in order to align it with the upcoming QX60, which is based on the Monograph concept. This would probably mean a new bumper and a couple of tweaks to the grille. Of course, we would also see typical mid-cycle updates, such as new colors, new wheels and similar things.
We count on a couple of interior changes as well. The current cabin looks great and features very good overall quality. Still, we presume the upcoming update would bring some revisions to the dashboard, particularly in terms of the center stack. The current dual-screen infotainment system isn’t particularly easy to use, while graphics seem outdated. So, a new touchscreen seems natural, probably with the tablet-like layout, just like in the upcoming QX60.
The rest of the cabin would probably remain the same. This means you may count on a spacious cabin, with two very comfortable rows of seats. The cargo area offers some of the highest ratings in the class. You may count on about 31.4 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats and 65.1 cubic feet with the second row folded down.
As we’ve just mentioned, a new infotainment system should be the biggest addition in terms of new features. A couple more things could come but we have to say that the current model already features a quite long list of standard equipment. It includes things like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, six speakers, Bluetooth, four USB ports, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, push-button start etc. Additionally, you can get a 16-speaker Bose premium audio system.
The same thing goes for safety features. The current model already comes standard with things like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive daytime running headlights. The list of options currently includes a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, adaptive LED daytime running headlights, lane keep assist, front parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera system and rain-sensing windshield wipers, and we presume some of these will become standard in 2022 Infiniti QX50.
2022 Infiniti QX50 Engine
We don’t expect to see changes in terms of the powertrain. The 2022 Infiniti QX50 will continue with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which features a variable compression and a max output of 268 horsepower. It comes in pair with a CVT gearbox and delivers pretty decent performances. For example, it needs around six seconds to hit sixty.
Obviously, the CVT isn’t the most exciting gearbox choice. On the other side, you will benefit from quite a good fuel economy. This crossover returns around 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is above average for the segment.
2022 Infiniti QX50 Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 Infiniti QX50 sometime in the second half of the next year. Despite the updates, it probably won’t come much earlier than usual. Also, we expect that the price will remain pretty much the same as in the current model, which starts at around 38.000 dollars.