Bigger and Roomier, the 2019 Infiniti QX50
Hot on the heels of showing a concept for an all-new QX50 crossover at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti appears well on their way to bringing the vehicle to production. These images snapped by TFL fan Samuel Barber on interstate 5 in Kern County, Calif. north of Los Angeles show a boxier shape that addresses the current QX50’s issue with roominess.
While the interior is getting a complete redesign, bigger news is that Infiniti is rolling out its latest autonomous driving system in the QX50 and introducing a new engine, its Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo), which aims, as Infiniti’s press releases state, “to offer a powertrain that adapts to offer both power and efficiency.” Here’s more of Infiniti’s explanation of the turbo 4.
“INFINITI’s production-ready 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine represents a compelling alternative to diesel powertrains, particularly in the mid-sized premium crossover segment. The VC-Turbo engine is able to adapt its compression ratio according to driving conditions to deliver optimal levels of performance and efficiency. It challenges the notion that hybrid technology and diesel are the only powertrains capable of offering high efficiency and torque. For its application in the QX50 Concept, the human-machine interface (HMI) demonstrates to the driver and passengers how the VC-Turbo is adapting according to driving conditions. The HMI displays the engine’s current status as it intelligently chooses appropriate levels of performance and high efficiency.
“With a downsized capacity and high power and torque, the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine boasts an impressive specific power output – higher than many competing four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engines, and close to the performance of some V6 gasoline powertrains. In time for the engine’s production debut in 2018, INFINITI engineers are targeting a 27-percent improvement in fuel efficiency over V6 gasoline engines of similar power output.”
Take a look at Sam’s photos and let us know what you believe he saw. We always appreciate crowdsourcing ideas and opinions on these spy photos. And if you spot a camouflaged prototype, be sure to send a snap of it to us at info@TFLcar, subject line “Prototype Spy Photos.”
Take a look at TFLcar’s video review of the current QX50 from late 2015 to find out what we loved, what we thought could be improved, and whether or not the next-gen QX50 addressed our notes on this luxury crossover.