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LA 2017: Turbocharged Infiniti QX50 officially breaks cover

LA 2017: Turbocharged Infiniti QX50 officially breaks cover image

Marcus De Guzman / Newspress USA, Infiniti | December 01, 2017 12:47

2019 Infiniti QX50 debuts with VC-Turbo engine, concept-like design

Infiniti's latest luxury crossover has just been unveilied in the City of Angels. First revealed via an official press photo a few weeks ago, the all-new QX50 is Infiniti's first model that comes with the company's variable compression turbo engine, along with a new more rigid platform.

Starting off with its exterior, the QX50 remains faithful to its original concept design as it bears a sleek and angular look. It gets Infiniti's Powerful Elegance design language which gives the QX50 sharp-looking headlights, a sporty front grill and bumper, a distinct roofiline and eye-catching taillights.

Not only does it have a unique design, the QX50's A-pillars, tailgate and enclosed underbody are also specially-designed to be aerodynamic that it promotes airflow throughout the vehicle. In addition, this also means that there is less air turbulence around the vehicle for a smoother ride overall.

LA 2017: Turbocharged Infiniti QX50 officially breaks cover

In terms of size, the QX50 measures 4693mm long, 1903mm wide and 1679mm tall. Its wheelbase, on the other hand, comes in at 2800mm and it has a ground clearance of 218mm.

The interior, on the other hand, combines form, function and design. The driver's seat gets a thick leather steering wheel along with intricate analog gauges. Meanwhile, the center dash comes with a dual monitor system that allows passengers to view both navigation and infotainment menus at the same time.

Also present are high quality materials like supple leather, wooden trim pieces, soft-touch materials, metal accents and contrast stitching.

LA 2017: Turbocharged Infiniti QX50 officially breaks cover

Under the hood is a highly-advanced 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine called VC-Turbo. From its namesake, the engine benefits from variable compression ratio which allows it to switch between power and efficiency. It does this by way of a unique multi-link system that continuously raises or lowers the pistons' reach. On paper, the inline-four can switch between 8:1 to 14:1.

In terms of output, the engine generates 272 PS at 5600 rpm and 380 Nm of torque at 4400 rpm. It is then mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that drives the front wheels, although all-wheel drive can be specified.

LA 2017: Turbocharged Infiniti QX50 officially breaks cover

Aside from the VC-Turbo engine, the new QX50 also has an all-new platform that not only delivers precision handling but admirable ride quality as well. The new platform also allowed Infiniti to change up the layout and packaging of the crossover for both cargo and passenger space.

As an available extra, Nissan's ProPilot Assist can also be equipped on the QX50. This nifty feature can help the driver control the car's accleration, braking, steering, lane-keep assist and highway driving.

The 2019 Infiniti QX50 is expected to hit US showrooms some time in 2018.