Infiniti says all-new QX50 SUV is: “The most important vehicle we’ve ever launched”

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Author: | Updated: 03 Jan 2017 10:10

Infiniti has revealed full details of its all-new QX50 ahead of the official opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Measuring at 4,693mm long and with a roomy maximum luggage space of 1,699 litres with rear seats dropped, the premium, mid-sized SUV is underpinned by a new platform which has been developed with interior packaging and practicality in mind.

Infiniti QX50

The production model remains true to the design of the QX50 Concept and QX Sport Inspiration seen earlier this year and features an all-new front-engine, front-wheel drive platform and hopes to set new standards for refinement, rigidity and interior space in the compact premium SUV segment.

The 2.0-litre VC-Turbo engine adjusts its compression ratio to optimise power and efficiency on demand thanks to a breakthrough in combustion engine design.

Infiniti QX50

This downsizing is achieved via VC-Turbo, tech which ensures the engine compression ration seamlessly switches between 8:1 for high performance and 14:1 for high efficiency.

It combines the power of a 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline engine with the torque and efficiency of a four-cylinder diesel engine and challenges the notion that only hybrid and diesel powertrains can deliver both high torque and efficiency.

All-wheel-drive models can achieve 0-60mph in 6.3 secs

By alternating engine compression ratios, all-wheel-drive models can achieve 0-60mph in 6.3 secs, however fuel economy figures have not yet been revealed.

This AWD system lies dormant most of the time, with power only sent to the front axle unless needed at the rear where up to 50% of the car’s torque can be sent to the rear wheels. The drivetrain also features torque vectoring to limit understeer.

Infiniti QX50 interior

The SUV will also come with ProPilot Assist – a range of intuitive technologies to support the driver as well as keep occupants safe and connected.

This means the QX50 can drive itself in a single lane on motorways and in stop-start traffic as well as take control of braking, acceleration and steering.

Infiniti QX50 side

Christian Meunier, Infiniti global division vice president, said:“The QX50 is the most important vehicle we have ever launched, and it embodies everything the brand stands for: Beautiful design, advanced technology and empowering performance.

“As a premium, mid-size SUV, it’s the right vehicle at the right time in one of the world’s fastest growing segments.”

Infiniti QX50 rear

The QX50 is set to arrive in the UK late next year, with lease prices available nearer the time.

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