And the QX50 still undercuts the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
It's been a fairly quiet period for the Infiniti brand, which isn't great news considering that the company saw a significant drop in sales last year, and that was before the impact of the global pandemic had been felt.
There is some activity in the pipeline, though, with the new QX55 coupe-SUV on the way. It's based on the Infiniti QX50, the brand's luxurious compact SUV which has just received a few updates for the 2021 model year. We rate the QX50 highly, but it hasn't exactly captured the imagination of shoppers in this segment. Can the 2021 updates change their minds?
What hasn't changed is the availability of the same five trim levels: Pure, Luxe, Essential, Sensory, and Autograph. All trims receive added features, starting with a new Mineral Black color option and rear seat-mounted side airbags, which are standard on all models. The same goes for acoustic laminated front side glass, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and automatic collision notification with emergency call functionality.
The Luxe model receives more enhancements than other trims and gains heated front seats, distance control assist, intelligent cruise control, lane departure prevention, blind-spot intervention, and ProPilot assist. This version can also be equipped with an Appearance Package from the Edition 30, adding items like 20-inch black wheels and dark chrome exterior accents.
Traffic sign recognition makes its way into the Essential while the Sensory now enjoys a standard head-up display and the Climate Package; the latter was previously an optional extra. The Autograph now adds direct adaptive steering and, on the AWD version of this trim, the Tow Package is now equipped.
As before, the QX50 is available with both front- and all-wheel-drive. In FWD Pure guise, the 2021 model begins at an appealing MSRP of $37,950, which represents a price increase of $700 over the 2020 base model. AWD variants begin at $39,950.
Things get much pricier after this, with the Luxe starting at $41,500, the Essential at $44,700, the Sensory at $50,000, and the Autograph at $54,200. AWD versions will add $2,000 to the base price of each trim, except the Autograph, where it adds $2,650. The AWD Autograph costs $56,850 and, although brilliantly equipped, that makes it more expensive than the much quicker BMW X3 M40i which has 382 horsepower compared to the QX50's comparatively puny 268 hp.
Still, here's hoping that the 2021 QX50 can make more of an impression on US customers.