2018 Infiniti QX50 Concept

Infiniti caught all of us by surprise when they released an
almost production-ready QX concept at the recent Detroit Auto
show. This development comes just months after the automaker
gave us another surprise with the release of the
QX Sport Inspiration concept at the 2016 Beijing Auto
show.  The current Infiniti QX50 design is not bad-looking
but the new design takes the crossover SUV to a whole new
level, styling-wise. The design is characterized by a muscular
and upright stance, which makes the outgoing model look bland.
The concept looks almost production ready, meaning the
automaker may be planning to use it on the next generation QX50
crossover either for the 2018 or 2019 model years. Read along
to find what the 2018 Infiniti QX50 promises to offer to
crossover enthusiasts:

2018 Infiniti QX50 Exterior

The 2018 Infiniti QX50 exterior resembles that of the QX Sport
Inspiration. Generally, the two models share the shape and
bodylines. The only difference between the two models is that
the QX50 looks more production-ready. The QX50 concept has
replaced some of the extreme features of the QX Sport
Inspiration with simpler designs. Nonetheless, a majority of
the original features remain unchanged. The model’s design
language is referred to as “Powerful Elegance” by the
automaker.  Infiniti argues that the design is
characterized by flowing surfaces, firm and muscular lines,
proportional clarity not forgetting elegance artistry.

The crossover SUV features a double-arch grille, a clamshell
hood, crescent-cut D-pillar, a more vertical rear hatch as well
as coupe-like roofline. I understand the vertical rear hatch is
meant to add more practicability as it will create more cargo
space. Generally, the QX50 concept is also taller and wider
compared with the QX Inspiration Sport concept, which
translates to a roomier cabin.

The vehicle that was showcased was adorned in a Forged Bronze
paint hue. This paintwork uses three times of metal flake
compared to standard paintwork and its results are clear for
all to see. The paintwork looks awesome on the model and I hope
it will be on offer when the production model hits the
dealerships.

2018 Infiniti QX50 Interior

Infiniti has excelled in achieving a balance between providing
comfort and utility, which many automakers in this segment fail
to achieve. Infiniti has managed to equip the crossover with
high-end materials and yet leave sufficient space for cargo and
passengers.

Upholstery is top notch; in fact, the automaker went a step
ahead to patent its new style (dot quilting). Materials used
include leather and wood. According to Infiniti, each piece of
wood or leather is applied with intent to create new upholstery
trends in the premium crossover segment. Three types of leather
(genuine leather, synthetic nubuck and semi-aniline) are used
in the cabin and are applied in different colors. White is
featured on the dashboard, seats and door inserts; brown on the
other hand is used on the vehicle’s upper pillar as well as the
headliner while blue is applied for the mid-lines and center
console.

Production models will likely feature a new graphic user
interface for the infotainment system. The infotainment system
will feature info readouts for the audio system, navigation, an
array of driving aids as well as the status of the model’s
VC-Turbo power-plant.

Almost every new model these days is going the “autonomous”
way; the QX50 concept is not left out either. According to
Infiniti, the QX50 will be hooked u with advanced technologies
that will help the driver exercise full control of the
crossover. Likely features include adaptive steering, automatic
emergency braking and lane assist. These systems will be aided
by cameras, radar and laser mounted at strategic locations on
the vehicle.

Engine Specs and performance

The most exciting news comes from under the hood where Infiniti
has fitted a Variable Compression Turbo mill. Variable
compression enables an engine to deliver a high output when
needed while still keeping fuel efficiency optimal. A 2.0 L,
4-cylinder VC-Turbo engine will be used. The engine has been
said to combine the high output of a V-6 with the efficiency of
a hybrid engine. The engine will produce 268 horses and 288
lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to an intelligent
all-wheel-drive system. The engine produces 27% better fuel
efficiency compared to a turbo V-6 mill with a similar
displacement.

Price and release date

Being a concept, no price was offered. In addition, Infiniti
has not disclosed whether the design will be used for a
production QX50 anytime soon. However, since the model looks
almost production-ready, the next-gen QX50 may show face in
2018 as a 2019 model car.