Infiniti QX50 Gets Fancy Variable Compression Engine

Infiniti QX50 Gets Fancy Variable Compression Engine

The 2019 Infiniti QX50 will be riding on a new front-wheel-drive platform and it will be powered by a 268hp engine with 360Nm of torque.

The 2018 Infiniti QX50 has been revealed in a single image ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles motor show next week.

Infiniti say the FWD QX50 is around 35 per cent more economical thanks to the new engine, with the 4WD versions 30 per cent less juicy. It's built using an industry-first SHF (Super High Formability - 980 MPa) high-tensile steel.

Infiniti says this allows the engine to offer everything between a 14:1 ratio for diesel-like efficiency when cruising and an 8:1 ratio for better performance. In doing so, the engine can offer optimum performance or efficiency. The all-wheel drive QX50 can reach 60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds, while the front-wheel driver version reaches it in 6.7 seconds. Strangely, these figures aren't actually that impressive compared with similar petrol rivals.

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2019 Infiniti QX50 packs world's first variable compression engine

The new QX50 will come with Nissan's ProPILOT driver assistance technology, as seen on the latest Nissan Leaf.

Infiniti says its drivers want to be involved with their vehicle, so the technology will be more "co-pilot" than "autopilot"; it helps the driver control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway driving at the push of a button however Infiniti stressed it "is a step removed from the notion of fully-autonomous "driverless" motoring embraced by some auto makers".

The new model will go on sale next year following its public debut at the LA auto show next week. Meanwhile, thanks to the fact that this new-generation XQ50 is a clean sheet design, built from the ground up on a new platform with new materials and a closer focus on performance; the resulting vehicle has a much greater torsional rigidity, meaning that it could also be on a par in terms of handling and driver involvement, too. "As a premium, mid-size SUV, it's the right vehicle at the right time in one of the world's fastest-growing segments".

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