Smart engine, flashy design for new Infiniti QX50

Smart engine, flashy design for new Infiniti QX50

Smart engine, flashy design for new Infiniti QX50

Infiniti needs a lot of "firsts" these days. It will also be the first Infiniti to wear the latest evolution of the brand's Powerful Elegance design language.

There's no word on pricing or availability just yet, but expect the new Infiniti QX50 to go on sale at some point early in 2018. The vehicle uses the same design concept that was initially unveiled during last year's Detroit Auto Show, but there are a few key differences.

While it rides on an all-new platform and is more aerodynamic than the last version, the real innovation here is the VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine, a world first.

Infinity has announced the 2019 QX50 crossover and it's very cool.

The QX50 also features a raft of new driver assistance technology, utilising the ProPilot Assist system developed by parent company Nissan. The system has already made its debut on the Nissan Leaf electric auto (that we've driven), and will make its way to the Q50 later this year.

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Infiniti says its drivers want to be involved with their vehicle, so the technology will be more "co-pilot" than "autopilot"; it helps the driver control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway driving at the push of a button however Infiniti stressed it "is a step removed from the notion of fully-autonomous "driverless" motoring embraced by some auto makers".

The four-cylinder will be mated to a CVT and front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions will be offered.

Christian Meunier, Infiniti's global division vice president, said: "The QX50 is the most important vehicle we have ever launched, and it embodies everything the brand stands for: lovely design, advanced technology and empowering performance". The all-wheel drive QX50 can reach 60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds, while the front-wheel driver version reaches it in 6.7 seconds.

The engine is called the VC-Turbo and Infiniti promises that the 2.0L turbo engine deliveries the torque and efficiency of a four-cylinder diesel while using gas.

"Variable compression ratio technology represents a breakthrough in powertrain development". High compression ratios aid efficiency, while low ratios enable greater power and torque.

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