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NAIAS 2017 Preview: Infiniti to reveal QX50 concept in Detroit

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Nica Onate / Infiniti | January 03, 2017 12:08

QX50 concept previews Infiniti's vision for next-gen mid-size SUV

Infiniti is set to reveal the new QX50 concept at the upcoming 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIS) in Detroit. The company said that the new concept showcases the vision for their next-generation mid-size premium SUV.

Starting with the exterior, the QX50 concept is equipped with the brand's Powerful Elegance design language. It also features a cabin-forward silhouette, along with muscular lines and flowing surfaces, providing a dynamic and practical SUV.

NAIAS 2017 Preview: Infiniti to reveal QX50 concept in Detroit

Inside, it is fitted with organic forms of a driver-centric and passenger-minded cabin. Blending progressive design with elevated levels of modern craftsmanship, the QX50 Concept's interior matches the brand's aim to challenge conventional approaches to premium interior design.

"With the unveiling of the QX Sport Inspiration at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, we showed the future of Infiniti QX models. The new QX50 Concept evolves this concept further and shows how Infiniti could develop its future presence in the fastest-growing vehicle segment globally," said Roland Krueger, president of Infiniti.

NAIAS 2017 Preview: Infiniti to reveal QX50 concept in Detroit

In addition, the QX50 concept also previews the brand's new autonomous drive technologies, which will act as a co-pilot of the driver in charge of navigating stop-start traffic on the highway or keeping track of the positions of surrounding vehilces.

The new Infiniti QX50 concept is powered by a new 2.0-liter variable compression turbo (VC-Turbo) gasoline engine producing 272 PS and 390 Nm of torque. Depending on the driving conditions, the engine can vary between 8:1 (high-performance) and 14:1 (efficient driving) compression ratios. With this, the company claims that the VC-Turbo engine will be comparable to certain six-cylinder gasoline powertrains for performance.