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2021 Infiniti Q50 gets new Sensory trim level, revised features list

Infiniti is shuffling things around a bit in its lineup for 2021.

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The Infiniti Q50 isn't much changed for the 2021 model year, but if you're digging its looks, there's a few things you'll want to note. It is currently on sale at dealerships nationwide.

The 2021 Infiniti Q50 is available in three trim levels: Pure, Luxe, Red Sport 400, and Sensory. Sensory is new this model year and packages together the top-tier features the luxury arm of Nissan offers on their sedan.

Infiniti is offering the model in two new paint colors: Slate Gray and Grand Blue.

2021 Infiniti Q50

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The automaker has added to its suite of standard and available safety technologies, making them more accessible to buyers. In the Q50 Luxe, buyers now get blind spot warning, lane departure warning (now with haptic steering), Intelligent Around View Monitor with moving object detection, adaptive cruise control, rear collision intervention assist, Distance Control Assist, and automatic high beams standard.

The Q50 Red Sport 400 gets new Black Matte Carbon Fiber interior trim and black exterior trim highlights.

The Q50 Sensory delivers a sporty front and rear fascia design, has leather-appointed sports seats, a Bose Performance Series Audio 16-speaker stereo with Bose Centerpoint simulated sound, black open pore wood trim, and a black headliner and pillars.

Buyers of either the Sensory or Red Sport 400 grade receive new power-folding, auto-dimming outside mirrors with a reverse tilt-down feature.

These changes are on top of the augmentations Infiniti made to the car for the 2020 model year, which included a new-generation Infiniti InTouch System that came complete with a high-definition dual-display (8-inch upper and 7-inch lower touch screens), Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Infiniti continues to offer the car with rear- or all-wheel drive. It's powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that delivers 300 horsepower in the Pure, Luxe, and Sensory grades. The Q50 Red Sport 400 has 400 maximum horsepower.

Pricing for the 2021 Q50 starts at $36,600 for rear-wheel drive models and $38,600 for all-wheel drive cars. That's an increase of just $200 over the 2020 model.

The MSRP for the 2021 Q50 starts at $36,600 for the RWD and $38,600 for the AWD.

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2022 Infiniti QX50 picks up new standard features

The new QX50 gets more tech and safety features.

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Infiniti is one of a handful of automakers that have continued developing and building cars instead of focusing only on higher-profit and much more popular SUVs and trucks. That said, Infiniti's catalog is crossover- and SUV-heavy. Its smallest and least expensive crossover, the QX50 gets a handful of new features for 2022, and today Infiniti announced pricing.

Infiniti offers the 2022 QX50 in five trims: $40,025 Pure, $43,375 Luxe, $47,825 Essential, $52,525 Sensory, and $57,975 Autograph. All trims get Infiniti's variable compression (VC-Turbo) engine that makes 268 horsepower and returns up to 26 mpg combined. The advanced engine shifts its compression ratio to match the driver's behavior. When more power is needed, the compression changes, and when efficiency is the priority, it changes again. It's a marvel of engineering, but it's not as fuel-efficient as a hybrid. Power reaches the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

2022 Infiniti QX50 Pricing starts at around $40,000.Infiniti

Beyond the new standard features for 2022, buyers of the new QX50 will have to step up to the Luxe trim to get the most desirable features such as auto-folding exterior side mirrors, power lumbar support, and perforated leather upholstery. Standard comfort gear includes eight-way power front seats, dual-zone climate controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Infiniti stuck with its dual-screen infotainment configuration with the 2022 QX50. The top eight-inch screen handles wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto duties, as well as navigation. The bottom seven-inch screen handles vehicle controls, radio stations, and other settings. Though the system looks great and adds a high-tech feel to the cabin, two screens can be distracting and confusing while driving. The good news is that the QX50 gets an excellent 16-speaker Bose stereo starting with the Luxe trim.

2022 Infiniti QX50 ProPilot Assist and Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are now standardInfiniti

The 2022 QX50 hasn't been crash tested by either major ratings organization yet, but the 2021 model performed well. It earned Good ratings in crash testes and a Superior score for its standard crash prevention systems. The 2022 QX50 comes standard with Infiniti's ProPilot Assist system, which brings advanced adaptive cruise control functions that can center the car in its lane, brake, and accelerate. Other standard tech includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear automatic braking, predictive forward collision warnings, and forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.


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2022 Nissan Rogue gets new VC Turbo engine

The Rogue was fully redesigned last year.

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Nissan refreshed its best-selling vehicle, the Rogue SUV, in 2021 with a grown-up new look and plenty of new tech. Changes the year after a major overhaul are usually minor, but for 2022 Nissan's giving the Rogue a new powertrain. A brand-new 1.5-liter variable compression (VC) Turbo engine is on board, producing 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

Pricing for the 2022 Rogue S FWD starts at $27,875, including a $1,175 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the price by $1,500. Nissan offers three packages for the SUV as well, including a $2,660 SV Premium Package, a $1,320 SL Premium Package, and a $400 10.8-inch head-up display for the top Platinum trim.

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