Infiniti is providing a sneak peek on its innovative new engine – the new VC-Turbo (Variable Compression Turbo) engine – at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Considered as the first production-ready variable compression ratio engine in the world, VC-Turbo essentially joins together the power of a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine and the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel powertrain minus the usual emission levels.
The public unveiling of the VC-Turbo is accompanied by the European debut of the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept that previews design of future INFINITI QX models, and the updated Q50 sports saloon that has been refreshed with new design elements and the carmaker’s InTouch in-car technology.
This new engine could be considered as significant technology for the internal combustion engine – just like how innovations like turbocharging, fuel injection, liquid-cooling and catalytic convertors have etched their importance to this conventional powerplant.
VC-Turbo should set new standards in power, efficiency and emissions. Employing an advanced multi-link system to seamlessly and smoothly increase or reduce the reach of the pistons, VC-Turbo could detect the car’s current driving condition and driver inputs, and then choose the most suitable compression ratio, ranging from 8:1 (for high performance) to 14:1 (for high efficiency).
With target output of around 200 kW (268 hp / 272 ps) and target torque of 390 Nm, VC-Turbo could provide as much power as a six-cylinder gasoline engine while consuming much less fuel. It is also lighter and more compact than V6 units with comparable outputs. Its noise and vibrations levels are also much lower than conventional internal combustion engines, especially diesel ones.
Roland Krueger, president of Infiniti Motor Company, called the new VC-Turbo engine as a leap forward for engine development. He noted that engineers at Infiniti believe that by mastering the variable compression ratio, they could achieve a new revolution in internal combustion technology.
Krueger added that Infiniti plans to introduce the VC-Turbo technology to the market in 2018, thereby helping the carmaker further expand and grow its product portfolio. Infiniti first unveiled the QX Sport Inspiration at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, providing a dynamic yet elegant expression of progressive SUV design. This concept explores Infiniti’s vision for a next-generation, premium mid-size SUV that boasts of a well-balanced and well-proportioned exterior.
The QX Sport Inspiration has been upgraded for the 2016 Paris Motor Show. At Paris, the concept is wrapped in matt grey exterior color and rides in larger 22-inch bronze colored wheels with matching brake calipers.
Its spacious and elegant interior, meanwhile, is defined by flowing lines and superb craftsmanship. Upgrades include kick plate lighting at the base of every door and brown leather cabin sections.
The interior is wrapped in black and white color with flashes of tan color. On the other hand, the new Infiniti Q50 premium sports saloon has been upgraded for the 2017 model year. It could be further made more elegant with the available Designer Pack that adds new Graphite or Java Brown colors for the semi-aniline leather cabin upholstery, dark chrome trim, a black roof lining and a new open-pore dark wood veneer.
Also available is a new Bose Performance Series sound system with 13 speakers. Thus audio system features high-performance components and a new electronic architecture.
In selected markets, the new Infiniti Q50 comes with a new Telematic Control Unit that allows drivers to remotely control vehicle functions through Infiniti’s InTouch Services mobile app. This system includes features like car locator, stolen vehicle tracking and remote engine start. Infiniti will commence sales of the 2017 Q50 in selected markets later in 2016.