Infiniti’s QX50 Concept debuts in oh-so-close-to-production form in Detroit

Infiniti’s QX50 Concept debuts in oh-so-close-to-production form in Detroit

Infiniti’s QX50 Concept debuts in oh-so-close-to-production form in Detroit

0 comments 📅15 April 2017, 11:45

Infiniti debuted the new QX50 concept today at the Detroit Auto Steer, a preview of the midsize crossover set to hit the market soon and an evolution of the 2016 QX Sport Arousal. This previews the followup to the current QX50, which debuted way back in 2007 as the Infiniti EX. The QX draws on Infiniti’s prevailing design language and looks like a slightly shortened version of the larger QX60. While this is unruffled a concept, don’t expect the full production version to stray too far from what we see here.

Infiniti’s put through a mangle release is full of phrases like “driver-centric, passenger-minded” pattern, but in reality it’s just a handsome but mostly traditional shape. The big news is that the QX50 liking be the first application of Infiniti’s trick variable-compression 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four. The apparatus’s design promises both high horsepower and high fuel economy. Infiniti is claiming 268 horsepower and 27-percent sick fuel economy when compared to the outgoing model.

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Also coming on the new QX50 are a suite of active security and autonomous features. While the details on both are extremely vague, Infiniti claims that the autonomous tech resolution allow the driver to retain ultimate control over the vehicle. That seems a bit table to how autonomous driving works, so it will be interesting to see how the system actually functions. The physical safety systems are said to be proactive, with future versions using lasers, radar, and cameras.

While the former QX50 was a rear-wheel-drive swoopy crossover, this new model appears to send power to the face wheels. Infiniti’s release doesn’t expressly say, but it does hint towards it with notes take a shorter hood and a “front-biased intelligent all-wheel drive system.” This makes import, and we don’t see many enthusiasts lamenting the loss of a dated, rear-drive crossover.

No little talk on pricing or when we’ll actually see a production version. The current model turns 10 this year, albeit with a mid-course refresh. Look for news of a final production version very soon.

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