Infiniti Takes Wraps Off of new QX50 in Los Angeles

New ute features breakthrough engine and helps round out SUV portfolio.

by on Nov.29, 2017

The all-new Infiniti QX50 is expected to be one of the pivot factors in driving the brand's sales beyond 200,000 units annually.

Infiniti unveiled its new mid-sized sport-utility vehicle, the 2019 QX50, ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new QX50 is expected to become a key part of its product line.

Christian Meunier, Infiniti Global Division vice president, described the QX50 as a luxury crossover with cutting edge technologies, standout design and unrivaled interior space, riding on an entirely new platform.

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“The 2019 QX50 is the most important vehicle we have ever launched, and it embodies everything the brand stands for: Beautiful design, advanced technology and empowering performance. As a luxury mid-size crossover, it’s the right vehicle at the right time in one of the world’s fastest growing segments,” Meunier said.

Meunier said the QX50 also continues Infiniti’s product offensive and follows on the heels of the launch of the Q50 sedan earlier this year and the introduction of a new QX80, a full-size SUV that will compete in a growing segment. Meunier added Infiniti sales are up 9% this year and global sales are expected to reach 200,000 units in 2017.

(2019 Infiniti QX50 introduces world’s first variable-compression engine. For the story, Click Here.)

The new mid-size QX50 features the first-ever variable-compression engine.

The launch of the QX50 next summer will give Infiniti a new entry in another popular segment and the new SUV could easily account for a significant portion of Infiniti’s sales in the future, according to Randy Parker, vice president of Infiniti Americas.

Karim Habib, Infiniti’s director of design, said the 2019 QX50′s aerodynamic exterior reinterprets Infiniti’s “powerful elegance” design language and signature design cues for the crossover segment, while also delivering on the promises embodied in the QX50 Concept and QX Sport Inspiration.

It combines a confident stance with intelligent packaging, while deep character lines highlight the influence of human artistry in the design process, Habib said.

The 2019 QX50 is built on an all-new platform, featuring a front-engine, front-wheel-drive-based layout. It was engineered with flexibility of application in mind, this platform sets new standards for refinement, rigidity and interior space in the compact premium crossover segment.

(Click Here for more about the QX50.)

Habib said the interior space, artistic application of high quality materials, and advanced craftsmanship make the cabin as welcoming and comfortable as it is flexible.

In addition, the 2019 QX50 offers a package of technologies to enhance the driving experience. Its asymmetric layout and calm and connected ambience that is designed to meet different needs of the driver and passengers.

The “ProPilot” drover assistance technologies available on the QX50 react to certain driving situations, supporting the driver with a range of empowering driver assist features, placing them in total control.

The QX50’s powertrain is built around the VC-Turbo engine is the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine, transforming on demand.

(Infiniti goes forward into the past with retro-futuristic Prototype 9. Click Here to check it out.)

A breakthrough in combustion engine design, the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine adjusts its compression ratio to optimize power and efficiency. It combines the power of a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with the torque and efficiency of a four-cylinder diesel engine. A compelling alternative to diesel, it challenges the notion that only hybrid and diesel powertrains can deliver high torque and efficiency.

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