Infiniti’s entry-level crossover is getting better with age as the company has announced a handful of updates for the 2021 QX50.
All models feature a handful of newly standard safety features including rear side-impact airbags and an automatic collision notification system. In the event of a crash, the QX50 will automatically connect you to an operator who can contact emergency services on your behalf and also notify pre-registered emergency contacts.
Besides the safety features, the 2021 QX50 receives a newly standard WiFi hotspot and acoustic laminated front side glass which should help to make the cabin a little quieter. Last but not least, the color palette has been expanded to include a new Mineral Black option.
Pricing for the entry-level QX50 Pure starts at $37,950 and that’s a $700 increase from last year’s model. It, like all QX50s, is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 268 hp (200 kW / 272 PS) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque. The engine is paired to a continuously variable transmission which can be backed up by an optional all-wheel drive system.
Customers can also upgrade to the QX50 Luxe which begins at $41,500. That’s a $1,250 jump from last year, but the model now comes standard with heated front seats and an assortment of driver assistance systems including Blind Spot Intervention, Distance Control Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Prevention and ProPILOT Assist.
The crossover can also be equipped with a new appearance package that features a number of components sourced from last year’s QX50 Edition 30. The package includes a black mesh grille, black mirror caps, dark chrome accents and 20-inch wheels with a black painted finish.
Additional changes are limited, but the QX50 Essential gains traffic sign recognition technology while the QX50 Sensory now boasts a standard head-up display and a complimentary climate package. Direct adaptive steering is now standard on QX50 Autograph, while the all-wheel drive variant comes equipped with a tow package.