Infiniti has unveiled the QX50 Concept ahead of its global debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
An evolution of the QX Sport Inspiration showcased at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, the QX50 is the Japanese luxury marque’s take on the fast-growing premium mid-size crossover segment, rivalling the likes of BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Lexus NX.
Bearing similar striking details from the QX Sport Inspiration, the QX50 Concept boasts a cab-forward silhouette combines with taut, muscular lines and flowing surfaces. The dynamic design appears almost production ready.
According to Infiniti, the concept will preview a possible application for its new, production-ready variable compression turbo petrol engine.
As the name suggests the new engine is able to adapt its compression ratio according to driving conditions to deliver optimum performance and efficiency. The new engine technology is said to combine the power of a high-performance 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine with the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel powertrain.
Such an advanced powertrain would be perfectly suited to the packaging of the QX50 Concept, says Infiniti.
The new QX50 Concept is also set to preview the brand’s roll out of its autonomous drive support technologies, which will act as a “co-pilot” for the driver, empowering rather than replacing them. The system delegates more onerous driving tasks to the car such as navigating stop-start traffic on the highway or keeping track of the positions of surrounding vehicles, while ensuring the driver retains ultimate control over their vehicle.
The 2017 North American International Auto Show opens its doors on January 8.