After showing us the QX Sport Inspiration, Infiniti will be showcasing the QX50 Concept crossover this 2017. The upcoming 2017 Detroit Auto Show slated this January will give us a good view of Infiniti’s next crossover model. Even if it’s still a concept, the QX50 is more feasible for production as compared with the previously launched QX Sport Inspiration they brought over at Beijing and Paris auto show last year.
As for the new new Infiniti QX50 Concept, the latest luxury crossover is more stylish than the QX50 currently in the market. This can be seen on the newly enhanced double arch mesh grille design in chrome finish as well as the crossover’s intersecting lines and creases. The roofline meanwhile goes all the way to the rear with an angled rear window that provides better aerodynamics and styling.
Another interesting element on the new crossover concept is the cabin-forward stance that gives the QX50 a more commanding presence on the road. It also has a pair of metal skid plates on both sides for an off-road appeal.
The luxury marque has already hinted that the next QX50 could come with their latest VC-Turbo engine. If that’s the case, the new crossover will have a 268hp, 2.0 litre turbocharged inline four cylinder that’s capable of spewing up to 288lb-ft of torque. However, unlike other V6 powered engines, it will be twenty - seven per cent more efficient when it comes to fuel consumption.
The concept will be featuring “ProPilot” or what Nissan and Infiniti consider as semi-autonomous driving technology. With this innovative driving system, drivers no longer need to engage or interact with the vehicle when navigating intersections. It would be good to note that the driver-assist system does not offer fully autonomous features. The ProPilot still lets the driver be in control of the vehicle but it can be useful when stuck in traffic.
Infiniti declared that the semi-autonomous system is in fact ready for production but will be enhanced further for its upcoming production models. They know how Infiniti car owners and those who own other luxury cars are leaning towards self-driving technology. This has been proven based on a recent survey. As a matter of fact, Nissan (Infiniti’s parent company) is already considering this in the next 4 or 5 years.
Overall, the new QX50 is a highly promising concept. Aside from low fuel consumption, it offers more space, a cool design and the latest technology.