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The crossover segment is the fastest growing segment worldwide. Given this, Infiniti boss De Nysschen is focusing on the Infiniti QX50 crossover. Don't get too excited though becuase the next generation QX50 has been delayed until 2017. Despite the delay, De Nysschen says that the next generation QX50 will be a "segment breaker."

Why the delay though? There are a few possibilities. One is that Infiniti may be waiting for some new powertrain and engine options to come in from Daimler. Another possibility is that Infiniti would like to monitor the offerings of rivals like Porsche and Audi.



Here is what I am hoping for the next generation QX50. Feel free to add to the list please.

1. Use of Infiniti's new design language. --> Take a look at the gorgeous Q30 concept. I want to see the nice contours and flow of the Q30 concept making their way into the next-gen QX50's design too. That reflexive C-pillar design would be a nice compliment to the QX50's design too. Personally I think that a more coupe-like roofline would be best. Being a crossover, the QX50 can go between sporty and SUV easily just because of styling. I think sporty is more the way to go.



2. A performance variant --> Infiniti has a confusing relationship with multiple performance brands at the moment. There is the Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) but that hasn't been utilized much on recent models. Infiniti also revealed its Q50 Eau Rouge concept at the Detroit Auto Show last week. Infiniti also has a relationship with Red Bull Racing (RBR). RBR boss Christian Horner has said in the past that he would like to add the RBR name to a range of vehicles in the same way that Mercedes has AMG and BMW has M. I don't care what they call it, it just has to happen. The Macan Turbo gets 400 HP from its engine. Let's make that the goal for a QX50 performance variant.



3. A diesel powertrain option --> The new Porsche Macan and the Audi Q5 both offer customers a diesel powertrain option. Now diesel has never been that popular in the US, but with the savings in fuel consumption, I think now is the time to really push diesel vehicles in North America.
 

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QX50 IPL, SEND ON. If it happens I bet it will pack the QX70's V8 or even pack twin turbos, mated to the V6 that comes with it
 

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QX50 IPL, SEND ON. If it happens I bet it will pack the QX70's V8 or even pack twin turbos, mated to the V6 that comes with it
theres no way a V8 is going to fit. an IPL QX50 could be an excellent rival for the SQ5. I think we should leave the Macan out of this its a whole different breed ;)
 

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i wouldn't be so quick to say it wouldn't fit and i also wouldn't be so quick to say it will. the chances are good. the engine bay seems like it can handle it.
 

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did a V8 ever fit into the G37? NOPE. Qx50 uses an identical architecture to the G37... besides the industry is trending to downsized engines, to even try and shoe horn a V8 in there would be aiming backwards...
 

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theres no way a V8 is going to fit. an IPL QX50 could be an excellent rival for the SQ5. I think we should leave the Macan out of this its a whole different breed ;)
Why do you think the Macan is a different breed? Sure it is priced much higher, but if you had an QX50 IPL with bells and whistles it could get up to the point that it is a true competitor to the Macan.
 

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A base model Macan and QX50 are fairly comparable in terms of power. Its the fact that the Macan comes with a way bigger engine if you want that sets it apart from the QX50. The Macan's base engine spits out 340 hp while the base QX50's engine produces 325 horsepower. Thing is, the QX50 only is offered with one engine. The Macan also comes with a 400 horsepower engine in its Turbo trim.

I think that a performance version of the QX50 is essential for it to truly compete in this strong segment.
 

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Why do you think the Macan is a different breed? Sure it is priced much higher, but if you had an QX50 IPL with bells and whistles it could get up to the point that it is a true competitor to the Macan.
no you can't.

The infiniti is still an infiniti and the porsche is a porsche. the GTR may be a better car than the 911 but the GTR doesnt have pedigree like a porsche does, its still a nissan after all..
 

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no you can't.

The infiniti is still an infiniti and the porsche is a porsche. the GTR may be a better car than the 911 but the GTR doesnt have pedigree like a porsche does, its still a nissan after all..
I agree.
I'll give credit to where it belongs and Nissan, Infiniti and Porsche all have their place. Porsche's refinement just far exceeds Infiniti & Nissan.
 

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A base model Macan and QX50 are fairly comparable in terms of power. Its the fact that the Macan comes with a way bigger engine if you want that sets it apart from the QX50. The Macan's base engine spits out 340 hp while the base QX50's engine produces 325 horsepower. Thing is, the QX50 only is offered with one engine. The Macan also comes with a 400 horsepower engine in its Turbo trim.

I think that a performance version of the QX50 is essential for it to truly compete in this strong segment.
theres no X3 M or AMG GLK and they both dominate the market... now what?
 

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X3M is needed, i know I would consider buying one knowing how epic BMW does performance.

One of my favorite renderings of one:

 
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