Infiniti QX50 revealed ahead of its debut next week

  • Infiniti QX50 revealed ahead of its debut next week

Infiniti QX50 revealed ahead of its debut next week

Turns out that teaser image that Infiniti released earlier in the week was a sneak peak at the new Infiniti SUV - the QX50. The list includes a new platform, engine and electronic driving aids.

Infiniti say the FWD QX50 is around 35 per cent more economical thanks to the new engine, with the 4WD versions 30 per cent less juicy.

The 2019 Infiniti QX50 will go on sale in spring 2018.

Aside from the more alluring shape, what's under the hood is more interesting. The 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder is said to produce 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque with a combined fuel efficiency of 9.05L/100km for all-wheel-drive models.

The vehicle can actually automatically adjust its compression ratio to maximize performance or optimize fuel efficiency, by autonomously raising or lowering the stroke of the cylinders, thus increasing or reducing the engine's cubic capacity.

That means when the driver wants to save fuel the compression ratio increases, and when they need more power and torque it decreases - something that hasn't been done before.

Underneath the more upright sheet metal of the QX50 is a new front-wheel-drive platform for Infiniti, a fundamental shift from the outgoing model that was based on a rear-wheel drive platform. A CVT that's also found in the larger QX60 will be the only transmission offered. The all-wheel drive QX50 can reach 60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds, while the front-wheel driver version reaches it in 6.7 seconds.

Owners can also take advantage of ProPilot Assist, Nissan and Infiniti's suite of electronic driving aids. Helping make this possible is high-strength steel.

Depending on the position of the rear bench, trunk volume varies between 31.6 cu ft (895 liters SAE) and 37 cu ft (1,048 liters SAE), with the maximum capacity growing to 60 cu ft (1,699 liters SAE) with the rear seats folded.

Infiniti is yet to provide a look at the interior but we know it will feature an asymmetric design where the controls are angled towards the driver.

The new QX50 will do battle against established premium SUV names such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.