The Infiniti QX50 Concept, revealed today ahead of its global debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, showcases the brand’s vision for a next-generation mid-size SUV.
An evolution of the 2016 QX Sport Inspiration that was unveiled back in April at the Beijing motor show, the QX50 Concept shows how the design of its conceptual forebear could be adapted for a future production model in the world’s fastest-growing vehicle segment. The latest concept therefore continues with the brand’s ‘Powerful Elegance’ design language.
The new concept will also be previewing Infiniti’s ProPilot autonomous driving technology, as well as a new engine – the so-called ‘VC-Turbo’, which is claimed to be the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine.
Generating 264 bhp and 288 lb-ft of torque, the powertrain is said to be comparable to certain six-cylinder petrol engines in terms of performance, while “significantly” outperforming them in efficiency. Infiniti engineers say they are targeting a 27% improvement in fuel efficiency over V6 petrol engines of similar power output.