While it may be officially dubbed a concept vehicle, the Infiniti QX50 crossover that’s slated to make its debut in Detroit will be very close to what we will see when the vehicle hits showrooms next year.
The concept is clearly an evolution of the QX Sport Inspiration, a concept that’s already drawn plenty of praise and attention at recent auto shows. The more recent QX Sport concept is also very similar to the new QX50, with only minor smoothing out of the bumpers and side skirts.
While the upcoming QX50 concept is not quite as head-turning as its predecessors from the auto show circuit, it’s a stylish and sporty crossover that will fit nicely between Infiniti’s current crossover range, which includes the compact QX30 and large QX60.
Infiniti has packed plenty of technology into this vehicle, including its new variable-compression turbocharged engine. Specifically, this unit is a 2.0-liter inline-four that can adjust its compression ratio to anything between 8:1 and 14:1. The result is an engine that produces an estimated 268 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque. Infiniti says the four-cylinder should be about 27-percent more efficient than a comparable V6.
Again, the QX50 is just a concept, but it’s safe to expect the new turbo engine to find its way into the production crossover next year. Infiniti has been developing this engine technology for years and the new crossover is the likely vehicle that’s going to get it first.
Other technology featured within the QX50 concept is Infiniti’s all-new ProPilot semi-autonomous technology. While the details of this system have yet to be released, it’s expected to allow the vehicle to navigate through stop-and-go traffic, as well as maintain the car’s lane position and distance behind other cars, with little to no input from the driver.
Infiniti hasn’t release too many additional details about the crossover, nor have any official images of the interior emerged. Stay tuned for more when the QX50 makes its official debut in Detroit next month.
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