Utilizing the advantages of the all-new platform, efficient packaging maximizes the amount of interior space within the QX50, with an expansive cabin and minimal intrusions by the bodywork and trim. The 218 mm ride height is set at a level both to accommodate large wheels, and limit the intrusion of the wheel arches into the cabin. In addition, the wheels are pushed as far as possible into the corners, further minimizing intrusion on interior space. The rear overhang is just 952 mm.
The unique, confident SUV design and associated interior roominess are facilitated by space savings within the engine bay. The QX50’s revolutionary and highly compact 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine with a single-turbo layout occupies below-average space in the engine bay (see ‘Engine’ section for details). The body is designed in such a way as to accommodate both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive drivetrains without impacting cabin space.
Another element of the powertrain also enhances cabin space: the QX50’s ‘shift-by-wire’ electronic transmission differs from a typical transmission linkage as it requires no bulky mechanical components in the cabin. This enables a more efficient center console layout and results in the creation of a larger console storage compartment – it has been designed to accommodate large electronic tablet devices.
The interior space is made more flexible with its sliding rear bench. The cargo area is 990mm deep with the rear bench all the way back – increasing to 1,140 mm with the seats moved forward. The trunk’s volume is 31.6 cu ft (895 liters SAE), with the rear seats in their rear-most position, expanding to 37 cu ft (1,048 liters SAE) with the rear seats set forward. The trunk grows to 60 cu ft (1,699 liters SAE) with the rear seats folded down. As one of few vehicles in its segment to offer sliding second-row seats, the QX50 boasts rear legroom of up to 838 mm – sufficient to let rear passengers cross their legs in comfort.
The trunk accommodates three golf bags, or a stroller situated length-wise, with space for additional cargo. Hidden under-floor storage compartments can be used to stow valuable items, or wet and muddy clothing. Storage options are improved over the previous-generation QX50, with front storage compartments located at the bottom of the center console capable of holding two smartphones and a wallet. The cup holder is larger, capable of accommodating two 32oz cups, and door storage areas can hold a 1.5-liter bottle and an A6 notebook, or a small handbag.
The optional panoramic moonroof stretches from the front row through to the cargo area, providing a dramatic view of the sky for all passengers. The moonroof visually enhances interior space, flooding the interior with natural light to accentuate the sense of space.