The next-generation of the Infiniti QX50 is set to make its global debut next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The concept version of the mid-size SUV is based on the 2016 QX Sport Inspiration that was unveiled at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show and is said to be indicative of “how the design of its conceptual forebear could be adapted for a future production model.”
Infiniti says that the concept embodies the marque’s “Powerful Elegance” design language through its cabin-forward profile and “taut, muscular lines and flowing surfaces.” The interior is claimed to provide a “driver-centric, passenger-minded” cabin that blends “progressive design with elevated levels of modern craftsmanship.”
The QX50 Concept will also provide a preview of Infiniti’s assisted driving technologies. Dubbed “Co-Pilot,” the system is said to be production-ready and offer a “proactive approach to safety” while maintaining a focus on driver engagement.
In addition to the QX50 Concept, Infiniti will also be showcasing its new Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo) engine technology in Detroit.
The company maintains that the engine is the first production-ready powerplant to support variable compression. The VC-Turbo is said to provide the performance of a turbocharged 2.0L-liter gasoline engine with the torque and fuel efficiency of a diesel engine.