Changes to 2021 Infiniti Models Are Few as the Redesigned QX60 Crossover SUV Gets Delayed

Jeff Youngs | Dec 18, 2020

While the world awaits the recently announced 2022 Infiniti QX55 crossover SUV, the 2021 model year is a rather quiet one for Infiniti. A planned introduction of a redesigned QX60 3-row crossover SUV is delayed, likely until the 2022 model year. The rest of the Japanese luxury brand’s U.S. lineup sees only minor changes for 2021, mostly in the way of new trim levels and more standard safety and advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) features.

2021 Infiniti QX50 Silver Front Quarter View

2021 Infiniti Q50 Changes

One of only two passenger car models remaining in Infiniti’s U.S. lineup, the 2021 Q50 midsize luxury sedan gains a new Sensory grade at the top of the trim level hierarchy, joining the existing Pure, Luxe, and performance-oriented Red Sport 400. Highlights of the new Q50 Sensory include unique front and rear styling, leather sport seats, and a premium 16-speaker Bose audio system.

Other updates to the 2021 Infiniti Q50 lineup include more standard safety and driver-assistance content beginning with the Luxe trim, the Red Sport 400 now features carbon fiber interior bits and new black exterior trim, and both the Red Sport 400 and Sensory trims get power-folding, auto-dimming side mirrors. Lastly, two new exterior paint colors debut: Grand Blue and Slate Gray.

2021 Infiniti Q60 Changes

Not much changes for Infiniti’s sporty Q60 coupe for 2021. The Q60 Luxe adds standard comfort, safety, and driver-assistance technologies, and, similar to the Q50, the Red Sport 400 version gains power-folding side mirrors and the carbon fiber treatment. There are also two new exterior paint colors: Slate Gray and Grand Blue.

2021 Infiniti QX50 Changes

The Infiniti QX50 luxury compact crossover SUV gains a handful of standard safety-related features for 2021, notably side-impact airbags for rear seat passengers as well as an automatic collision-notification system that can contact emergency services following an accident. Acoustic laminated front side window glass and a Wi-Fi hotspot are now standard as well.

Starting with the Luxe trim level, newly standard equipment includes heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, active blind-spot warning with intervention, lane-departure prevention, and ProPilot Assist, a Level 2 driver-assistance system. Also available on Luxe and higher trims is an Appearance Package that adds blacked-out 20-inch wheels, dark chrome accents, black grille mesh and mirror caps, and a graphite headliner.

Additional standard equipment changes for the 2021 QX50 lineup include traffic sign recognition (Essential trim and higher), a head-up display (Sensory trim and higher), direct adaptive steering (Autograph), and a tow package (Autograph AWD). Finally, Mineral Black is a new exterior paint color.

2021 Infiniti QX60 Changes

A planned redesign of the popular QX60 midsize 3-row crossover SUV is looking more and more likely to be pushed to the 2022 model year. Blame the coronavirus pandemic and the associated supply chain interruptions for the delay. As evidenced by the recently unveiled QX60 Monograph concept, the all-new QX60 will feature dramatic new exterior styling, and very likely a refreshed interior as well. There’s likely to be a comprehensive list of standard and optional safety and driver-assistance technologies, and new powertrains are a possibility as well –perhaps even the same variable-compression turbocharged 4-cylinder engine found in the QX50.

2021 Infiniti QX80 Changes

The Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV receives a number of minor enhancements for 2021. A new trim level structure includes Luxe, Premium Select, and Sensory. The Premium Select trim level features unique dark chrome exterior trim and 22-inch dark chrome wheels. Sensory trim replaces last year’s Limited specification at the top of the lineup. The 2021 QX80 also gains a number of newly standard safety and driver-assistance technologies, including blind-spot warning with active steering assistance, lane-departure prevention, and a rear seatbelt reminder. Additionally, the QX80 Sensory has a new black headliner and an upgraded rear camera mirror. Two new interior colors are also available: Sahara Stone and Truffle Brown with a new Matte Brown accent trim.

Infiniti is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on December 15, 2020, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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