Infiniti has announced the new QX50 ahead of its L.A. Auto Show debut featuring slightly revised looks and Infiniti’s new VC-Turbo four-cylinder engine. It rides on an all-new platform that brings more interior space and more structural rigidity. To top it off, Infiniti promises a “powerful, handcrafted interior” and all of the new ProPILOT technologies that will allow autonomous, single-lane driving.

2019 Infiniti QX50 Details

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The car will ride on an all-new chassis that is said to optimize passenger and cargo room while improving structural rigidity by 23 percent over the outgoing model

As of now, Infiniti is saving all of the really juicy stuff for the car’s debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, but it did release some information to go with the single exterior image you see above and a few shots of the new VC Turbo engine. For starters, the car will ride on an all-new chassis that is said to optimize passenger and cargo room while improving structural rigidity by 23 percent over the outgoing model. The use of Super High Formality (SHF) high-tensile steel (a first for not only Infiniti but the automotive industry as well) provides the extra strength and weight savings too. So, expect to see more space inside, less tweaking outside, and a drop in weight.

Adding to this new platform is the addition of new ProPilot technologies that will allow autonomous, single-lane highway driving at the push of a button. The system is able to control acceleration, braking, and steering in most single-lane highway scenarios and is activatable by the push of a button. Of course, Infiniti wants to point out that it doesn’t intend to remove the customer from the driving equation and promises this is a “step removed from the notion of fully autonomous motoring.” The system is said to add to the driving enjoyment and confidence/

"INFINITI’s ProPILOT Assist technologies offer support when needed and add to the enjoyment and confidence of the driver. Our intention is to empower the driver and enhance feelings of pleasure behind the wheel, not to remove the driver from the equation. The brand new QX50 will set a new benchmark in the biggest premium segment."

2019 Infiniti QX50 VC-Turbo Engine

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With four cylinders and a displacement of 2.0-liters, the new engine delivers a total of 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

Little is known about the interior of the QX50, and we’ve yet to see what it looks like, but based on the minor changes to the exterior, I would expect more refinement than evolution. Infiniti says the car as an elevated driver position for better visibility, “unrivaled” interior space, and a sliding rear bench for a flexible configuration and an addition 5.4 cubic feet of cargo room. Fold those seats down, and you’ll get as much as 60 cubic-feet. There are also under-floor storage areas to accommodate smaller items as well. Of course, we’re still not sure what the interior actually looks like, but it sounds pretty promising so far.

Given the fact that Infiniti is so proud of its new VC-Turbo engine – an engine that has yet to be proven in the real world, by the way – it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the brand has released plenty of information about it. With four cylinders and a displacement of 2.0-liters (1,970 – 1,997 cc depending on the compression ratio that varies between 8:1 and 14:1), it delivers a total of 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Maximum horsepower comes in at 5,600 rpm, and maximum torque comes in at 4,400 rpm. The engine works with four valves per cylinder but has a bore and stroke that ranges from 84.0 x 90.1 to 84.0 x 88.9 mm depending on the selected compression ratio. Fuel delivery is handled by both direct injection and multi-port injection while shifting duties are handled by an XTRONIC CVT that sends power to the front wheels only unless you opt for the all-wheel-drive system at the time of purchase.

All told, the Infiniti QX50 can hit the 60-mph sprint in 6.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 143 mph. The XTRONIC CVT does offer a manual shift mode for those of who want to pretend you’re shifting your own gears (sorry folks, but it really isn’t the same,) and fuel economy is said to come in at 27 mpg combined when equipped with front-wheel drive. AWD will sacrifice one mpg, bring the combined rate down the 26 mpg,

2019 Infiniti QX50 vs 2017 Infiniti QX50

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As you can see from the images above, the new QX50 hasn’t changed much from the outgoing model, but there are a few minor changes. First off, the side profile doesn’t have those weird wavy lines that we saw on the old model. And, the front end doesn’t have a grille that looks like it was pushed in by Pedro Sanchez on Cell Block C, either. The lower fascia is sportier and more organized before. And, a big nod to Infiniti for doing something about those God-awful headlights. Jesus those things were ugly, but the new-gen model brings a much sleeker set that are incredibly upscale for a model like this… well done, Infiniti.

2019 Infiniti QX50 Specs Compared to 2017 Infiniti QX50 Specs

2019 Infiniti QX50 2017 Infiniti QX50
Engine 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with variable compression technology 3.7-liter, DOHC, V-6
Displacement 1,970 cc – 1,997 cc 3696 cc
Horsepower 268 HP @ 5,600 rpm 325 HP @ 7,000 rpm
Torque 280 LB-FT @ 4,400 rpm 267 LB-FT @ 5,200 rpm
No. of Valves 16 \ 4 Per Cylinder 24, 4 Per Cyldiner, DOHC, CVTCS, VVEL
Compression Ratio 8:1 – 14:1 (variable) 11:1
Bore x Stroke 84.0 x 90.1 mm – 84.0 x 88.9 mm 86 x 95.5 mm
Transmission XTRONIC CVT w/ Manual Mode 7-Speed Auto w/ ASC and Manual Mode
Primary Drive FWD RWD
0-to-60 MPH 6.7 sec (FWD) / 6.3 sec AWD 5.6 sec
Top Speed 143 mph TBA
Fuel Economy (mpg) combined FWD 27 AWD 26 20 (via EPA)

As you can see from the chart above, there are a lot of differences between the outgoing model and the new-gen model. The most obvious happens to be the lack of a proper V-6 in the new-gen model with that weird VC-Turbo four-banger in its place. The new VC-Turbo is significantly underpowered in comparison to the new QX50 will certainly come off as a turd if you’re used to driving a slightly older model. As a matter of fact, it falls short of the 325 offered by yesteryear’s model by a total of 57 ponies. On the other hand, the VC Turbo does accel in the torque department with an extra 13 pounds of twist over its predecessor. This is good from a towing standpoint, but the lack of horsepower is a little surprising as existing customers have come to appreciate the V-6 and those horses stashed under the hood. Of course, this VC Turbo is a new technology so it could turn out to be a good thing despite the power drop but we’ll have to wait and see.

The old model could hit 60 in an astonishing-for-its-size 5.6 seconds while the new model will do it in as good as 6.3 seconds with AWD

As you can see, the VC-Turbo covers a wide range of compression ratios and, naturally, the displacement and bore & stroke change a bit as well. Shifting duties are handled by an XTRONIC CVT compared to the seven-speed auto of the outgoing model. The new QX50 is front-wheel drive by default where the outgoing was rear-wheel drive. The old model could hit 60 in an astonishing-for-its-size 5.6 seconds while the new model will do it in as good as 6.3 seconds with AWD. Top speed for the new model comes in at 143 mph with fuel economy sitting around 26 or 27 combined, depending on the driveline. That’s a 6 to 7 mpg improvement over the outgoing model.

Final Thoughts

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As sure as night changes to day, the automotive industry changes as well. Old, monstrous engines of yesteryear are slowly being replaced with smaller engines that tote handfuls of turbos and new technology. We sacrifice little things like horsepower and fewer moving parts for things like better fuel economy and even a little extra torque. In this case, we may be looking at a fair trade-off considering those few extra foot pounds and 6 -7 mpg fuel economy, but it does come at the price of acceleration, speed, and the number of cylinders. On the plus side, the new QX50 is also lighter and stronger, and thanks to that new platform it should be a bit more spacious as well. Unfortunately, we have to reserve our full judgment until we see the car in the metal in L.A. at its official debut. Stay tuned for updates

References

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