Infiniti halts production of QX60 hybrid, skips 2018 QX50 for new 2019 model

Article by Christian A., on September 25, 2017

The Infiniti QX50 compact crossover has been in the market since 2014, and has not been given a facelift since then. After being in the market for almost four years, the SUV will be needing some updates to keep up with its competitors, though the company did say that the update will come in 2019, and that they will completely skip the 2018 model year.

This statement was confirmed by Infiniti on Tuesday when they said that they are not considering a 2018 model year QX50, but will focus on a better version of the vehicle for the 2019 model year, says Motor Authority. Engineers and designers will make sure that the new SUV will resemble the QX50 Concept we saw earlier this year at Detroit.

Right now, you are probably wondering what to expect from the 2019 model year. Well, sources say that it will come powered by Infiniti’s new Variable Compression-Turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine that they refer to as VC-Turbo - this was first previewed last August. For improved performance and fuel economy, the technology changes the cylinder compression ratio. As for performance, the first production unit is unfortunately less powerful than the 3.7-liter V6 found on the outgoing QX50 with 325 horsepower (242 kilowatts). That being said, it has 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and 288 pound-feet (390 Newton-metres) of torque.

We are also guessing that the 2019 QX50 will likely be given Infiniti’s version of ProPilot assist that can drive the car in traffic jams or on long highway commutes. In other words, it’s how most people use crossovers today.

As a matter of fact, we have already spotted the production model of the new QX50, being tested on the Hoover Dam as seen in the spy shots. Its front fascia seems to have been made sleeker and more chiseled, with a more noticeable pair of LED headlights. By looking at the road-legal model’s design, one would be reminded of the concept that was previewed in January.

After the end of the first-generation QX50’s life cycle, Infiniti confirmed that they will also halt the production of their slow moving QX60 Hybrid in the United States by next year. This model was available on an order-only basis this year due to the fact that there is low demand for it, and we are thinking that maybe they did not get a lot of orders this year. Moreover, the gas powertrain has actually been updated and now returns 22 mpg combined, while the hybrid model returns 26 mpg combined.

All this news came straight from Infiniti just earlier this week. But the company has not provided much information just yet, aside from the fact that it will be getting an interesting powertrain.

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