Infiniti's redesigned QX50 gets lower base price

The crossover now starts at $35,445 (including freight), a savings of $550 compared to the outgoing model.

Infiniti has confirmed additional launch details for the 2016 QX50, which brings a lower base price than the outgoing model.

The redesigned crossover now fetches $35,445 (including $995 freight) in rear-wheel-drive form, representing a savings of $550 below the previous generation. The all-wheel-drive variant still commands a $1,400 premium, bringing the price up to $36,845.

Despite the discounts, Infiniti claims the 2016 models also bring an extra $1,700 worth of additional standard features, such as heated leather seats and a moonroof. The Premium Package adds an 11-speaker Bose sound system, maple interior accents, improved climate control, aluminum roof rails and other upgrades, with an "overall improved value" of $4,500, though the company has not yet fully detailed the price structure for all options.

The company switched to a longer wheelbase for 2016, stretching the overall length by 4.5 inches and extending rear legroom by 4.3 inches, while ride height has increased slightly. The new design is visually distinguished by a revised front fascia with a new bumper, LED daytime running lights and Infiniti's double-arch grille.

The crossover is expected to arrive in showrooms later this year.

Live images by Brian Williams.

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