Infiniti QX50 (2013–2017)
- September 2009
- July 2010
- December 2010
- January 2011: EX30d Black Premium announced
- February 2011
- December 2012
The EX was launched in the UK with every model claimed to come with a wide range of safety, convenience and luxury features. Many of these are very familiar from rival models options lists. One example is adaptive xenon headlights which turn with the steering to provide a wide spread of light around corners. The EX37 is rare in this class to include them as standard.
Infiniti is proud of its new Connectiviti information and entertainment system, also fitted to the EX37 (and GT). It comprises features from hard disk drive (HDD) music storage, CD and iPod connection to parking sensors and Bluetooth phone connection that could add many hundreds of pounds more to the price of rival models.
Many features of the EX cannot be had in rivals at any price. Scratch Shield, for example. This unique Infiniti technology ensures the bodys gloss finish remains unblemished for years thanks to an elastic resin within the top coat that fills in light scratches when exposed to heat. Another EX first in this class is the remote lowering and raising of the individual rear seat backrests highly convenient when the EX doubles up as an estate car.
Also standard is a truly special engine: a new 320bhp 3.7-litre version of the groups award-winning, petrol-fuelled V6 with Infinitis variable valve event and lift technology. In the EX37 it offers 0-62mph acceleration in just 6.4 seconds and a top speed where the law and conditions allow of 149mph. Ease of driving is assured by a hefty 360Nm of pulling power available at 5200rpm while in league with the EX37s high performance is an official combined fuel cycle figure of 25.0mpg. The engine is ahead of emissions requirements, being compliant with the Euro 5 standard. For the record, its CO2 emissions figure is 265g/km.
The EX30d was introduced alongside the EX37 and developing 238bhp and 550Nm of torque it has the performance credentials you'd expect in an Infiniti along with a seven-speed automatic gearbox as standard. This gives it a 0-62mph time of 7.9 secs while economy is 33.2mpg.
Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system for 2011. With both audible and visual signals to alert the driver to an adjacent vehicle in the blind spot area, this valuable real-world aid further reinforces an unparalleled list of safety technologies all fitted as standard to the top-selling EX GT Premium, in either high performance petrol or diesel forms.
Blind Spot Warning joins other technologies such as Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Brake Assist, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Prevention to make Infiniti’s anti-collision Dynamic Safety Shield more complete than ever.
For the first time all the safety elements, including Lane Departure Prevention, which made its European SUV debut in the EX30d in summer 2010, will be standard on GT Premium versions of both V6 petrol and V6 diesel models, echoing the latest systems fitted to Infiniti’s just-launched executive saloon, the M.
Dynamic Safety Shield provides a “bubble” of protection all around the vehicle and works to avert risk at three levels: by informing the driver of potential hazards, by intervening to help avoid a collision, and by lessening the effects of a crash should one occur.
The new Blind Spot system helps drivers by taking some of the risk out of lane-change manoeuvres. Each time a vehicle enters the EX’s blind spot area amber lights at the base of the door mirrors start to blink. If the driver activates the indicator, showing an intention to change lanes, the lights are supplemented by a warning sound – further indication of a potentially dangerous situation.
In all other ways the 2011 version of the sports all-wheel drive crossover is just as fully equipped, potent and rewarding to drive as its predecessor – but with slightly less orange in the dashboard display. In the only design change for 2011, the needles of the twin dials and the graphics of the trip information screen now show white in a move which enhances quality, improves legibility and harmonizes interior colours.
|EX30d GT Premium||£42,547|
|EX37 GT Premium||£42,853|
GT Premium models feature most elements of the Dynamic Safety Shield, including the new Blind Spot Warning, every EX GT Premium model comes with leather trim, heated and electrically adjustable memory seats, Connectiviti+ hard disk drive 3D navigation and music storage with touch screen and voice recognition, Around View Monitor, Xenon cornering headlights, parking sensors, Scratch-shield paint, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth mobile connectivity, dual zone climate control and electrically adjustable steering column.
EX30d Black Premium announced
Priced £45,671, production limited to 150 units to be shared among all of Infiniti’s European markets. Each 238 PS, 550Nm torque V6 diesel-powered Black Premium offers Malbec Black paint, 19-inch five double-spoke alloy wheels, sunroof and polished aluminium roof rails. The interior has a Bose sound system, graphite leather interior and highlights of aluminium and black lacquer.
Based on the GT Premium, the Black Premium is comprehensively equipped as standard with Around View Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control, Scratch Shield paint, cornering xenon headlamps, Lane Departure Prevention and Blind Spot Warning as well as state of the art entertainment, navigation and communication systems.
As official automotive partner to Relais & Châteaux – a unique association of more than 500 of the world’s greatest hotels and restaurants – Infiniti offers EX Black Premium owners membership, for two years, in the exclusive Relais & Châteaux Club 5C programme.
Created in 2004 as a way of sharing more of the Relais & Châteaux experience with its most loyal clients, these Relais & Châteaux “ambassadors” are looked after more like house guests than hotel customers.
Like Infiniti, the Club 5C is based on a philosophy of hospitality and in particular a passion to share some of the treasures behind the five key words – Courtesy, Charm, Character, Calm and Cuisine – at the heart of the Relais & Châteaux experience.
Each Relais & Châteaux hotel has its own individual take on offering 5C members some unique gift or “Discovery Privilege”. Thus, the 5C member might create their own, customised scent in the Galimard studio, or visit the market with the chef to select the produce for lunch that day. They might enjoy a guided tour of the grounds from the head gardener, or be privy to cultural or historical insights on the property and the surroundings from the general manager.
It is on top of what 5C members can expect in every Relais & Châteaux establishment: a VIP welcome, personalised attention from a dedicated Concierge Service and invitations to exclusive events. Just what the Infiniti customer is already used to, in other words. And of course, every 5C member on arrival benefits from a room upgrade, availability permitting.
NCAP Advanced Award for Infiniti’s Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) system – and for Infiniti's programme to include it in as many models in the range as possible. LDP helps drivers return the vehicle to its travelling lane by giving a warning and then making a dynamic intervention if an unintended departure out of that lane – through drowsiness or inattention – is likely. With lane drift resulting in a large proportion of accidents involving fatal and/or serious injuries, Infiniti predicts that around 5000 deaths a year in Europe could be prevented if LDP were fitted to every vehicle.
Name was changed from EX to QX50 as part of the Infiniti move to simplify its range with a new naming structure.