In designing the asymmetric interior of the QX50, INFINITI has maintained a driver-centric, passenger-minded approach to the cabin layout and in-car technologies available. Incorporating technologies, which enhance the potential for relaxation and calm, the cabin provides an environment suited to the needs of driver and passengers alike.
For the driver, the button-operated Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) replaces a foot- or hand-operated parking brake, taking up less cabin space. Furthermore, the high-performance steering wheel has a sport-inspired form, shaped for a comfortable grip over long distances to minimize hand fatigue while allowing the driver to feel fully in-control. Paddle shifters are mounted on the steering wheel, rather than the steering column, for ease of use. The wheel is finished in matte chrome and cross-stitched leather, while the gear shifter is also wrapped in leather and positioned for intuitive control.
An Around View Monitor (AVM) offers a 360-degree overhead view of the space around the QX50, displayed on the center console screen, to aid parking in tight spaces. Moving Object Detection (MOD) works in tandem with AVM to alert the driver of people or objects that move into proximity of the vehicle. When in reverse, the system automatically applies the brakes if it senses the driver has not taken action. In addition to the birds-eye view, AVM also offers drivers a ‘curb-level’ view, to reduce the risk of scratching the wheels or fenders on a high curb. Four parking sensors in each of the front and rear bumpers (eight in total) make the QX50 even easier to park.
Upon opening any door to the vehicle, the QX50’s ‘Omotenashi’ interior lights illuminate in sequence. Omotenashi defines the Japanese spirit of hospitality, and references the attention to detail and pride taken in welcoming an individual to a home or business. In this instance, the QX50’s Omotenashi-inspired lighting welcomes the driver and passenger into the car. Relaxing warm-white illumination first lights up the door handle and step. As the door opens, a timed sequence of lamps bathe areas of the cabin in soft, warm light, highlighting the position of the seats and controls, in the front and rear, and emphasizing the QX50’s calm and welcoming atmosphere.
When leaving the car, the lighting illuminates the cabin and the ground outside the vehicle. The driver can adapt the lighting’s characteristics using the InTouch infotainment system, adjusting the brightness of the lamps and changing which areas of the cabin light up. A sleeping child in the second row need not be awakened by interior lighting flooding the cabin at the end of a journey.
The Motion Activated Liftgate allows the keyholder to open the tailgate automatically by waving their foot under the rear bumper. This allows them to open the tailgate even when their hands might be full. The tailgate can also be opened remotely, either from the driver’s seat or by pressing a button on the key fob.
The climate control function in the new QX50 is designed to benefit all passengers, and not just those in the front of the car. Dual-zone climate control automatically maintains the cabin temperature for driver and front passenger, while a more passenger-minded optional tri-zone automatic climate control extends temperature functions to the rear. Front seat occupants can adjust fan, air conditioning and vent settings to maintain a constant, comfortable cabin temperature, while passengers in the rear can alter temperature settings.
Heated and ventilated seats in the front, as well as a heated steering wheel, are also available. A Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control allows the driver to start the engine remotely with the Intelligent Key, and to cool or heat the cabin before they get in.
Additional climate control features regulate cabin odors and improve comfort further: gas sensors detect outside odors and will revert to recirculated air; a plasma cluster ionizer deodorizes the cabin; and charcoal or grape polyphenol filters are available to remove allergens and unpleasant odors.
The QX50’s optional Bose® Performance Series audio system is designed to replicate the rich sound of a live music performance. The 17-speaker system is tuned specifically for the QX50’s interior acoustics, and the hardware underpinning the system includes an amplifier, a high-quality sound processer, tweeter speakers and an 11-liter custom-engineered enclosure housing a pair of high-excursion Nd® Richbass woofers. The Bose Performance Series delivers deep, rich and nuanced sound to the driver and all passengers – while the depth of sound provided by the 17 speakers delivers clear, natural-sounding low and high frequencies.
A microphone is fitted in the cabin to monitor ongoing interior and exterior noise, and Bose AudioPilot® 2 noise compensation technology calculates how to adjust audio output according to cabin noise conditions. Bose Advanced Staging Technology uses the speakers and a signal processor to help create a wider sound stage in the front of the car, providing a precise, consistent and tailored aural experience – the system can even emulate the sound of standing in the front row at a live performance.