New Infiniti QX50 SUV concept to debut at Detroit
04 January 2017
Author: James Richardson
Infiniti will show off the latest concept version of its forthcoming QX50 SUV at this month's Detroit motor show. A production version of the mid-size SUV is expected to go on sale in 2018.
As well as showcasing what the production version is likely to look like, the concept car also features some ground-breaking petrol engine tech, as well as a suite of semi-autonomous driving systems.
The production car will be a rival for the likes of the brand-new Audi Q5, the BMW X3, the Mercedes GLC and the Range Rover Evoque.
The new car features a wealth of familiar Infiniti styling cues, including plenty of angular design details, heavily creased bodywork, as well as the company's signature mesh grille and striking LED daytime running light graphics. Infiniti describes the car as "taut" and "muscular" with a "cabin-forward silhouette".
Although we've yet to see any images of the car's interior, Infiniti tells us that it will be a "driver-centric, passenger minded" environment that will focus on high-end materials, high-quality craftsmanship and "progressive" design. This will, according to Infiniti, "harmonise" with the exterior design.
It's from the new interior that a selection of semi-autonomous driving features will be controlled. Designed to support, rather than replace the driver, the concept car debuts a number of new systems. These include the ability to drive through a traffic jam autonomously, as well as keeping track of the positions of surrounding vehicles on the road.
Under the bonnet, the QX50 concept also debuts the company's revolutionary new VC-Turbo engine tech. This is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that, according to Infiniti, combines the power of a petrol engine with the efficiency of a diesel drivetrain.
More details around the Infiniti QX50 concept will be announced at this month's Detroit motor show.