The LA car show brings many novelties to the automotive market. We already reported about the new Lincoln Nautilus. However, this is not the only vehicle launched at this show. Also, besides new models, we see many new technologies and concepts. Furthermore, hybrids are taking over the market, but there is one other feature that could threaten its popularity. Recently, we see more and more self-driving cars. The 2019 Infiniti QX50 semi-autonomous SUV is a new crossover in this class.
With an all-new design and lots of high-tech features, this is definitely one of the best luxury compact SUVs that you can find on the market. Check out our choice of 2019 New SUV models.
This is some kind of surprise for all fans. They expected a new model, but nothing has pointed to self-driving feature. Infiniti kept the development well as a secret all the way until the debut in LA.
2019 Infiniti QX50 semi-autonomous SUV ProPilot technology
Infiniti, as the Nissan’s luxurious branch, is taking advantage of technologies developed by its parent company. The 2019 Infiniti QX50 semi-autonomous SUV is going to use the ProPilot assist system. This is the Level 1 of autonomous driving hierarchy, and in future, we could see higher levels.
ProPilot in Nissan vehicles
The ProPilot semi-autonomous driving system is already installed in few vehicles produced by Nissan. The 2019 Infiniti QX50 semi-autonomous SUV is using the same technology that is coming with Rogue crossover and Leaf. The at Level 1, the system controls speed and distance from other vehicles. Also, ProPilot can keep the lane with minimal effort from the driver. Other features included in this packages which boost safety and reliability are adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection systems, and cameras which detect lanes and objects in the road.
Autonomous drive levels
Currently, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 semi-autonomous SUV is at Level 1. There, minimum help from the driver is needed. At Level 2, autonomous system controls speed and braking, but the driver must monitor and be ready to react. At Level 3 driver is free to do all besides driving. The system calls the driver to step in during certain situations. Finally, Level 4 is doing it all, while the driver can take a nap during the ride.
2019 Infiniti QX50 semi-autonomous SUV Engine
To be reliable, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 semi-autonomous SUV must use a proper drivetrain. For the crossover that is a 2.0-l 4-cylinder unit with a turbocharger. This mill is ready to produce 268 hp and 280 lb-ft of twisting power. Both two-wheel and four-wheel drive are available for the new QX50. Mileage is at around 27 mpg, and 1 mpg less for AWD system. Cylinder compression is adjustable. Depending on the drive method, the driver can choose high-performance or fuel-efficient ratio.
2019 Infiniti QX50 semi-autonomous SUV Release Date
Although it is a model for 2019 season, we will see the first crossovers on streets in the first half of 2018. Infiniti hasn’t provided an exact release date, but the vehicle seems to be ready for the road.
The 2019 Infiniti QX50 semi-autonomous SUV will raise the cost of the standard model without ProPilot feature. Rogue crossover in 2018 will have the same system. We can try to compare it and QX50. New Rogue is around $1,000, so the Infiniti could use the same gap for a new SUV with the autonomous driving system.