Infiniti’s Detroit-bound QX50 Notion is Barely a Notion, Boasts Variable Compression Engine


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.

[Pictures: Infiniti]

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Volkswagen To Go From ‘Clean Diesel’ Pusher to ‘Barely Any Diesel’ Brand: CEO

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It will not come as a surprise that Volkswagen’s U.S. arm is eager to place all that pleased-go-fortunate “clean diesel” stuff behind it.

As soon as the diesel emissions scandal sinks from the headlines like the Deepwater Horizon, the automaker plans to head in a diverse direction stateside, Automotive News reports, and oil burners will not be a huge component of it.

Volkswagen of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken told the publication that the Volkswagen landscape will soon appear far different, and the brand’s massive diesel push is, for all intents and purposes, stone cold dead.

“We are not stopping diesel,” Woebcken mentioned. “Wherever diesel makes sense as a package to the auto, we’ll continue. But in reality, we have to accept that the high percentage of diesels that we had just before will not come back once more.”

Volkswagen’s TDI models rode a wave of publicity and excellent press due to their power, exceptional mileage and supposed green virtues. That reputation now lies in pieces, just like the two.-liter TDI models will be when Volkswagen buys them back.

If the automaker gets federal approval to sell them, TDI models will continue in the lineup from 2017 to 2019, Woebcken stated, adding that he expects tighter regulations after that date. With the lead-up to the diesel buyback underway, the business hasn’t sought regulatory permission to restart sales. Then-new 2015 models were sidelined by the scandal, and Volkswagen never received the go-ahead for its 2016 TDI vehicles.

Volkswagen’s American future lies in crossovers and all-wheel drive, the CEO claims, and that is exactly where the company’s focus will be. The start off of the potentially lucrative (it hopes) utility push begins with the 2017 Golf Alltrack wagon this fall, and continues with the introduction of a new midsize crossover subsequent spring, as nicely as a new, longer Tiguan next summer time.

Each crossovers will be priced competitively, Woebcken stated.

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Spied: Is This a Three-Row Volkswagen SUV With Barely Something On?

Volkswagen 3-row SUV Spy Shot Front, Image: © 2016 Spiedbilde/The Truth About Cars

What seems to be a barely disguised Volkswagen SUV has been photographed driving close to the automaker’s southern California test facility.

If it is what we consider, it’s an crucial car for the automaker. A three-row SUV has long been element of Volkswagen’s U.S. growth strategy, but now it may possibly serve as its survival strategy.

Volkswagen 3-row SUV Spy Shot Rear, Volkswagen 3-row SUV Spy Shot Front, Image: © 2016 Spiedbilde/The Truth About Cars

Drawing design cues from the 2013 Crossblue concept, the midsize SUV was green-lit in 2014, and production is planned for the finish of 2016 at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee facility. The timeline for deliveries is tentatively set for early 2017.

Even as the pricey diesel emissions scandal raged about it, the automaker didn’t take funds earmarked for the Chattanooga plant off the table. Having an entry in the profitable midsize SUV market would have been a boon for Volkswagen before the scandal broke, and is even far more essential now.

Volkswagen 3-row SUV Spy Shot Front, Image: © 2016 Spiedbilde/The Truth About Cars

The unnamed SUV is anticipated to seat seven passengers and be equivalent in size to a Honda Pilot, with power likely coming from a 3.six-liter V6 sourced from the Volkswagen Passat. Earlier speculation about a diesel powerplant has to be taken with a dose of reality now, for obvious reasons.

A gas turbo 4-cylinder is one more possibility, as is a hybrid setup. With Volkswagen attempting to become a leader in electric vehicle development, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a plug-in version to compete with the likes of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

[Image: © 2016 Spiedbilde/The Truth About Automobiles]

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