At the upcoming 2017 Detroit Auto Show next January, Infiniti will debut their new QX50 concept vehicle and ROT thinks it’ll feature the automaker’s new variable-compression turbo engine.
Revealed at the Paris Motor Show, "the VC-Turbo combines the power of a high-performance 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine with the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel powertrain." This engine is expected to be smoother than any other four-cylinder turbo, be able to change its compression ratio, and have a diesel like torque curve.
As it is going to replace the company’s V6 gas engines and the current QX50 is powered by a 24-valve V6, it makes sense to put it in the crossover’s successor. Infiniti will try to hit their VC-Turbo target output of 268 horsepower and 288 lb-ft of torque whilst improving fuel efficiency by 27% over a V6 gasoline engine with similar power output. The new QX50 will be sitting on a front-drive platform instead of a modified front-mid-engine platform.
We’re also expecting to see driver-assist technology featured in the concept QX50 and some may appear in future production models. Two of which includes autonomous stop-and-go traffic capabilities and sensors to keep track of the surrounding traffic.
More details will be released once the Detroit Auto Show press conference on January 9th is underway.