Infiniti will be showcasing its latest SUV and some of its new driver assistance tech at the upcoming Detroit motor show in one smart package – the QX50 concept.
The tech will likely find its way into future models from Nissan’s luxury arm and while the concept is forward looking, it recycles some things Infiniti has already shown us before. The prototype – which is based on the QX Sport Inspiration concept – is a preview to a replacement for the current QX50. This, as you know, is based on the now-discontinued G37 saloon but the new concept looks more like a traditional SUV and features short overhangs, large chrome grille, a tall bonnet and roof line and almost every body panel bisected by curves and creases.
It’ll feature driver-assistance technology that will allow it to drive itself through stop-and-go traffic (ProPILOT), but will not take full control away from the driver. Apparently the tech is production ready but no timeline has been discussed as to when it could potentially launch.
Power could be supplied by Infiniti’s VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine which we first saw at the 2016 Paris motor show. The now production ready 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot will have around 270 horses and 390Nm of torque and will be 27 per cent more fuel efficient than a V6 engine with equivalent power.
The Infiniti QX concept will be making its debut on January 9 and we’ll post more once we know more.