Infiniti has been – for the most part – doing things right lately, their designs look posh and modern, build quality is very good and hassle free. The only thing that can be considered lacking would be the design of their interiors, where the exterior pushes boundaries and blurs the line between concept cars and production cars, sadly their interiors fall short, it’s as if Infiniti as a brand has a split personality.
Enter the QX50, a stunning new contender in the ever expanding SUV segment. Desirable is the word I would use to describe how it looks, the well-shaped and fluid body has no major shortcomings, it’s a very well rounded design and everything is complemented nicely. The family nose is seamlessly integrated and the sides are sporty, the rear is also very attractive. The only odd thing would be the window kink behind the rear door but one could consider it is a signature Infiniti wants to own. Step inside and you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking you entered another car entirely as things inside are very humdrum and uninspiring, there is a feeble attempt at flair with the material on the central arm rest swooping up towards the right side of the touch screen, it seems like an afterthought. As for the mechanical parts the QX50 comes with a VC-Turbo 4 cylinder engine which is the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine, mated to an Xtronic CVT gearbox it produces 268 hp and 380 nm of torque. Performance comes close to the performance of some V6 gasoline engines. All in all let’s hope the interior get heavily revised when it’s time for a facelift.