New crossover Infiniti QX50 declassified before the premiere


Infiniti has revealed the new QX50 ahead of its world debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show next week. A rival for similar cars like the BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Lexus NX, the QX50 is likely to arrive in mid-2018, although an official release date has not been announced.

Like the concept, the side of Infiniti's new QX50 features black wheel arch trim, chrome accents around the side windows and a pair of seductive lines running horizontally along the doors.

Being built on an all-new, high-strength platform enables the new QX50 to be 23 per cent stiffer than its predecessor, while the second-generation premium mid-size crossover also increases its dimensions to 4693mm long, 1903mm wide and 1679mm high with a 2800mm wheelbase. Together with an all new body, Infiniti's new SUV brings with it the world's first production variable compression ratio gasoline engine. Boot space is huge, at 895 litres, expandable to 1,699 litres with rear seats folded. Full explanation and video illustration of how the new engine works here.

For the first time Infiniti has detailed the engine's potential, with 200kW of power and 380Nm of torque and fuel consumption as low as 8.7 l/100km for the two wheel drive QX50 or 9.0 l/100km for all wheel drive models, an improvement of 35 percent compared to the previous (but more powerful) V6.

Like most new Infiniti models, the QX50 comes with the brand's ProPILOT semi-autonomous technology. On the EV, ProPILOT is a single-lane autonomous driving tech that can automatically control the distance to the vehicle in front using a speed preset by the driver (between 30 and 100 km/h), while steering and keeping itself centered in its lane. To reactivate the system, the driver just needs to touch the switch again or lightly press on the throttle.

An evolution on the concept version revealed at this year's Detroit motor show, the production-ready QX50 wears subtler body lines and bigger headlights, but also retains the body-integrated roof rails and prominent front grille of the show vehicle. Like what you see?