2018 Infiniti QX50 previewed by Concept with variable compression turbo

The next generation Infiniti QX50 SUV will be previewed by the QX50 Concept at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show, and it looks almost production ready.

The QX50 Concept has Infiniti’s latest styling on it, unlike the current car. It also looks to have abandoned the Q50/Q60/Nissan Skyline’s RWD/AWD platform in favor a FWD/AWD platform.

This, and the taller roofline, should make it more spacious and space efficient than today’s car, which has a long bonnet because of its longitudinal engine.

The QX50 Concept previews Infiniti’s autonomous driving technology, and “demonstrates a potential application for Infiniti’s production-ready VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine”.

The VC-Turbo engine is a 2-liter 4-cylinder gas engine with a turbo that can vary its compression rate from 8:1 in high performance mode and 14:1 for high efficiency.

Target output for this engine is 200kW (268hp) and 390Nm (288 lb-ft).