Infiniti is gunning for another production mid-size premium SUV and they’re going to show us what the product looks like through the Detroit-bound Infiniti QX50 Concept. The concept will be the main highlight of a lineup which also includes showcases of a new and innovative engine and the firm’s latest autonomous advances.
Design-wise, Infiniti QX50 Concept looks pretty fancy but is still on the line with the car maker’s other current production. It is a mutation of the QX Sport Inspiration which means there really isn’t much to complain about apart from that very corporate look – that it looks virtually identical to all the other Infinitis. Then again, that’s what every major car maker is doing these days, producing cars in different classes and segment that look the same inside and out.
Infiniti QX50 Concept also features the firm’s latest developmental technologies in terms of autonomous drive or co-pilot system, a host of technologies such as navigating stop-start traffic on the highway or keeping track of the positions of surrounding vehicles, which Infiniti says enhances the role of the driver rather than replace him with AI.
The Japanese company will also show off in Detroit their new VC-Turbo (Variable Compression Turbo) engine technology which claims to bring the torque and efficiency of a diesel motor to gasoline units. The 2.0 liter VC-Turbo engine they have in development right now has an estimated output of 200 kW (268 hp / 272 ps) and 390 Nm torque which is very remarkable. The engine achieves that through altering its compression ratio between 8:1 for performance and 14:1 for efficiency.