Infiniti has had enough of the QX50’s voluptuous curves.
An edgier future awaits the brand’s midsize crossover, as shown by photographs of the QX50 “Concept” released ahead of the North American International Auto Show. If this idea looks virtually production-prepared, that’s because it is.
Borrowing heavily from the earlier QX Sport Inspiration idea, the QX50 Concept’s updated design and style language is not the only way Infiniti plans to lure potential purchasers. Underneath the newly creased sheetmetal beats a extremely diverse kind of heart — one two decades in the making.
The notion bound for Detroit carries Infiniti’s radical turbocharged variable compression (VC-T) four-cylinder engine. As opposed to other 2.-liter turbos, this mill can be whatever the driver desires it to be.
The VC-T engine enables for greater efficiency and power when the conditions contact for it, thanks to its potential to raise and reduced the height of the pistons’ reach — a method that requires much less than 1.5 seconds. This indicates both a low-compression (8:1) functionality mode and a higher-compression (14:1) efficiency setting. Infiniti hasn’t released exact specs, but it is hoping for 268 horsepower and 288 lb-ft of torque.
An additional function located on the QX50 Concept is the automaker’s ProPilot semi-autonomous driver help technology. Although this isn’t a system that enables drivers to hand more than full handle to the car, it will take over a lot more of the function.
The QX50 is by no implies a segment leader, but it has observed substantial interest this year as buyers gravitate towards crossovers and SUVs. The next-generation QX50 ought to arrive as a 2018 model.