We’ve already talked about Infiniti’s new Variable Compression-Turbocharged (VC-T) engine but what wasn’t mentioned was the model it’ll debut in. We’re here to tell everyone that the world's first production ready variable-compression-ratio engine will be used exclusively in the upcoming 2018 QX50 crossover, at least for the near future.
According to Automobile, Infiniti claims the 2.0-liter VC-T engine will deliver more power and torque than the 3.5-liter V-6 inside the QX6, meaning the new QX50 could be packing more than 265 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque while getting a 27% fuel economy boost. Like the QX60 and other front wheel derive Nissan models, the VC-T will probably be mounted traverse in the QX50 and offer us some kind of all-wheel drive powertrain. We can also expect to see it paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
If the spec numbers are somewhat accurate, the QX50 with a VC-T engine could offer more power and torque than its rivals with a standard 2,0-liter turbo four engine including models from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Yes, there are turbo engines around this size out there that can produce more power than the VC-T, but cars like the Honda Civic Type-R, Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and GLA45 AMG, etc, won’t have the same combination of fuel efficiency and performance that the VC-T has.
Actually, the variable-compression-ratio engine can be used with other four-cylinder engine sizes but not the V6 and V8. So we could see it in the Q60 later on, after its initial debut in the QX50.