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My first impression of the 2019 Infiniti QX50 is a good one.  I found its new design, both inside and out, to be refreshing and innovative. The crossover rides on a new platform, features new technology, and is powered by an
all new VC-Turbo engine which has automotive followers excited.

The 2019 QX50 has three editions, Luxe, Pure and Essential. My vehicle was an Essential with All Wheel Drive.  All editions are reasonably well-equipped; however, the Essential is the only trim level that Infiniti offers any significant options on. My ride came with the ProAssist package, which I recommend if having the latest advanced driver safety aids is important to you. The Bose sound system is also a worthwhile upgrade.

Under the hood for 2019 is an engine with the ability to change.  Much like its competitors, it is powered by a turbo-charged 2.0-liter inline-four. The difference is what goes on inside; it is unlike anything that has come before it. For the first time in a production vehicle, there’s an engine that can alter its compression ratio and even its displacement, even though it is just a tiny bit.

For those of you garage mechanics now scratching your heads, here is the skinny on the Infiniti’s VC-T engine, which stands for Variable Compression, Turbo charged. The engine can alter how far its pistons rise in its cylinders, which changes the engine’s compression ratio, a parameter that, until now, had been fixed. Infiniti’s engine can bump the compression ratio from a low of 8.0:1 to a high of 14.0:1. Changing an engine’s stroke usually requires a new crankshaft. Instead, Infiniti’s engine introduces a joint between the crankshaft and the connecting rods and moves the joint with a computer-controlled arm. In the process of changing how high the pistons move, the mechanism varies the stroke by 1.2 mm, which causes the engine’s displacement to vary slightly – from 1971 cc (14:1) to 1997 cc (8:1).

A view from the outside changed as well, with the 2019 iteration being a little shorter but considerably wider and taller than the previous QX50. Even the ground clearance is increased by about 2 inches, which gives the exterior a much squatter and aggressive stance. It is a new look that will have your neighbors coming to inquire and admire the new ride that will stand out on the trip to Whole Foods or your club.

These new dimensions also allow for a new, roomier interior. There’s more rear legroom than before, and the rear seats can slide, recline and fold flat for increased cargo capacity. And, speaking of cargo capacity, there’s now
a total of 31.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, nearly 13 more cubic feet than before. The Essential trim adds leather seating, navigation, a surround-view camera system with object detection, front and rear parking sensors, remote engine start, three-zone climate control, heated outside mirrors, and automatic wipers.  Essential is the only level that you can get the ProAssist package, with rear cross-traffic alert, distance control alert, traffic-adapting cruise control and backup collision mitigation, and the ProActive package, which brings ProAssist plus lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive steering, up-graded adaptive cruise control, blind-spot intervention, lane departure intervention, a head-up display, and a parking system.

The only negative I found with the 2019 Infiniti QX50 was the continuously variable automatic transmission. I hope they change that in future models.

Base priced at $45,150 is a beginning; throw in all the bells and whistles and the window sticker jumps to $59,585 MSRP.

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