Infiniti previews ground-breaking VC-Turbo engine at 2016 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on October 8, 2016

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.

Press Release

INFINITI VC-TURBO ENGINE TECHNOLOGY PRESENTED IN PARIS

INFINITI is giving attendees of the 2016 Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l’Automobile) a glimpse into automotive future today (29 September 2016), with the reveal of ground-breaking new engine technology.

INFINITI’s new VC-Turbo (Variable Compression Turbo) is the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine. Promising to be one of the most advanced internal combustion engines ever created, VC-Turbo technology combines the power of a high-performance 2.0-litre turbo gasoline engine with the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel powertrain – without the equivalent emissions.

Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI Motor Company, commented: “The pioneering new VC-Turbo powertrain represents a leap forward for engine development. Vehicle engineers believe the breakthrough in internal combustion technology would come from mastering the variable compression ratio. INFINITI will be the first to bring this technology to the market in 2018. This new generation of powertrains will help our global growth and expansion of the INFINITI product portfolio.”

Making its European debut in Paris is the INFINITI QX Sport Inspiration Concept, laying down markers for the design of future INFINITI QX models. The daring new concept has received some design upgrades since its global reveal at the Beijing Auto Show in April 2016, and explores the brand’s vision for a next-generation, mid-size premium SUV.

They are joined in Paris by the updated Q50 sports saloon, refreshed for 2017 with new design features and INFINITI’s InTouch in-car technology.

VC-Turbo: The first production-ready variable compression engine

Transforming on demand, INFINITI’s VC-Turbo technology uses an advanced multi-link system to seamlessly raise or lower the reach of the pistons, detecting the car’s driving condition and driver inputs, and instantly selecting the most suitable compression ratio. The engine is able to offer any compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency).

With a development target power output of approximately 200 kW (268 hp / 272 ps) and 390 Nm torque, the VC-Turbo engine will be comparable to certain six-cylinder gasoline powertrains for performance, while significantly outperforming them in efficiency.

The four-cylinder VC-Turbo engine achieves lower levels of noise and vibration than conventional internal combustion engines, particularly diesel, and is lighter and more compact than V6 units with comparable power outputs.

INFINITI’s VC-Turbo technology marks a significant leap forward for the internal combustion engine, joining other renowned powertrain innovations such as liquid-cooling, fuel injection, catalytic convertors, and turbocharging. The arrival of the variable compression ratio engine will establish new benchmarks – for power, efficiency and emissions – against which future powertrains will be measured.

QX Sport Inspiration: the evolution of a concept

Revealed for the first time at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, the INFINITI QX Sport Inspiration is an elegant and powerful expression of progressive SUV design, and explores the company’s vision for a next-generation, premium mid-size SUV.

INFINITI’s progressive outlook is evident in the QX Sport Inspiration’s elegant yet powerfully proportioned exterior, with upgrades to the Paris show car adding to this confident look. The exterior colour changes to matt grey, while wheels are made larger, now at 22 inches in a striking bronze colour with matching brake calipers.

Flowing lines and advanced craftsmanship characterise the spacious and beautifully appointed interior, which gains kick plate lighting at the base of every door. The interior’s colour palette – predominantly black and white with flashes of the hide’s natural tan colour – is enhanced with sections added in brown leather.

2017 Q50: a premium sports saloon delivering an empowering drive

INFINITI’s continued global sales momentum has been underpinned by the Q50 sports saloon, which has received a range of upgrades for 2017 and is revealed in Paris for the first time globally.

The 2017 Q50 will be available with a new Designer Pack, which includes: new Graphite or Java Brown colours for the semi-aniline leather cabin upholstery, a new open-pore dark wood veneer, dark chrome trim and a black roof lining. Buyers can specify a new Bose® Performance Series sound system, which features 13 speakers, an all-new electronic architecture and high-performance components.

For selected markets, INFINITI has equipped the 2017 Q50 with a new Telematic Control Unit, allowing the owner to control elements of their car remotely via INFINITI’s InTouch Services smartphone app, for greater security and convenience. New features include remote engine start, car locator, and stolen vehicle tracking.

The 2017 Q50 goes on sale in selected markets later this year.

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