The new-generation 2018 Infiniti QX50 provide the best proof that the upcoming premium crossover is very similar to the concept of the 2017 North American International Auto Show. In addition, the new images show the undisguised cab – except for a sticker on the steering wheel badge.
Earlier test mules appeared to have bags of rubbish covering the body, and they hid the cross lines. The transition to more traditional swirl camouflage offers a better look at the body. The vertical PTOs at the corners of the front dashboard and the sharp LED headlamps come straight from the concept. There are more similarities in the profile where both vehicles have a prominent crease that goes from the hood to the rear door handles. The pillar D makes a lightning-like cut like here on the version of the show.
Infiniti hardly cares to hide the inside, and the production model is also inspired by the concept. Both have two-stage screens on the center console. The idea is new. The lower screen displays information such as the music being played. The top one means that a navigation chart can always be in the driver’s field of view, and a dial next to the shifter controls it. Unlike many high-end vehicles today, the QX50 keeps analog gauges, but there is a digital screen between them.
The new engine, dubbed VC-T for “Variable Turbocharged Compression”, varies its compression ratio from 8.0: 1 to 14.0: 1 with a linkage system, an eccentric shaft and an actuator in the crankcase of the four cylinders in line. This engine can change its piston stroke from efficient, low boost, high compression operation to high boost and low compression for maximum power. The only transmission offered is a CVT, and AWD is optional.
The next generation of QX50 is expected to be on sale in early 2018. Beginnings could occur towards the end of the year or perhaps in line with last year’s concept at the International Motor Show. from Detroit in January.