First stopover for Infiniti’s innovative engine
“Extraordinary engine is all about the new 2019 QX50!” said Issam.
“Engine delivers the power of a V6 with the fuel efficiency of a 4-cylinder.”
“The new QX50 offers a fairly spacious interior especially in the 2nd row.”
Most of you remember the EX35, which was replaced by the QX50 and now the newest generation of the QX50. The main transformation on the 2019 model is the engine, which I personally respected. The Japanese automaker, Infiniti, has introduced something it calls variable compression (which came from the mother company Nissan) and allows the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder to energetically modify its compression ratio between 8:1 and 14:1. In other terms, the new engine delivers the power of the previous V6 engine with the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder. Here I am testing the all-new 2019 Infiniti QX50 in Beirut.
How does it drive?
In terms of overall driving experience, the most notable feature is the new engine. I still can’t believe how quick it is to accelerate! I didn’t feel any turbo lag at all. You can still get the V6 power from a four-cylinder engine but surely in a more efficient way to save the environment. Yes nowadays every single automaker is downgrading its engines for the sake of a greener planet. The CVT, which I don’t really mind, is not the ‘WOW’ thing you would usually expect. I still prefer the automatic transmission. But, it seems that Infiniti is borrowing many features such as the VC (variable compression) engine and CVT from Nissan to save a couple of bucks and to compete in a segment where the German titans dominate it.
Using Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering system, the QX50 is the first production car to have steer-by-wire technology for driver assistance. Electric motors and sensors replicate the responsiveness of rack-and-pinion systems, while monitoring road vibrations that would disturb the driver in general. The seats are pretty comfortable so no complaints at all, but rather I would praise the seats’ coziness during my long ride on the weekend.
The exterior is pretty attractive at first sight. It is way better than the previous generation QX50. Interior is another major change too. There has been careful attention to details. Center console, infotainment systems, and high-quality materials used are what differentiate the QX50.
The idea of the dual screens came when Infiniti launched their Q50. The idea behind the two screens is to keep the navigation map all the time. Infiniti has a deal with Intel technology so no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available. I liked the idea of the two screens but I think the resolution has to be ameliorated.
With the new 2019 QX50 the price is higher than the previous generation. The outgoing QX50 was sold for around $50,000 on the road in Lebanon. Starting price is now $65,000 and the fully equipped version is $80,000 on the road. It is not a budget-friendly vehicle anymore. Infiniti has been investing lately more than ever into the luxury market such as innovative engine, driver assistance technologies, inspiring design, lavish cabin materials, and refined driving dynamics. These features put the QX50 directly versus BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz!
Pros: Gorgeous exterior and interior design, quiet cabin, remarkable engine, comfortable ride
Cons: Top safety package requires highest trim, expensive price tag versus previous generation; CVT is not the best substitute, no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Rivals: BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Lexus NX, Audi Q5, Cadillac XT5, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Porsche Macan
one word: ultra-engine
3.5 / 5 stars
2.0L turbocharged, inline 4-cylinders, 268 hp @ 5,600 rpm, 380 Nm @ 1,600 rpm
0-100 km/h: 6.7 secs, top speed: 209 km/h, fuel consumption: 9 L/100 km
Weight: 1,746-1,791 kg