Published: Wed, November 29, 2017
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Infiniti unveils a semi-autonomous QX50 for 2019

Infiniti unveils a semi-autonomous QX50 for 2019

LOS ANGELES - Infiniti has pulled the wraps off of its newest luxury SUV, the QX50, at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show on Tuesday night.

More details of the new medium-sized SUV have been released as the vehicle gets its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Infiniti unveils a semi-autonomous QX50 for 2019
Infiniti unveils a semi-autonomous QX50 for 2019

"The 2019 QX50 is the most important vehicle we have ever launched, and it embodies everything the brand stands for: lovely design, advanced technology and empowering performance".

"As a premium, mid-size SUV, it's the right vehicle at the right time in one of the world's fastest growing segments".

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The QX50's launch is scheduled for early next year in the USA, and may make it to the United Kingdom late in 2018.

The 2019 QX50 has an aerodynamic exterior that reinterprets the automaker's distinctive Powerful Elegance design language and signature design cues for the crossover segment. It combines a confident stance with deep character lines. The VC Turbo is also 20 kilograms lighter than the engine it replaces, Kiga said, but costs no more to manufacture.

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In high-compression mode, meanwhile, it gets a whole lot more efficient. Driver-centric, yet passenger-minded, the 2019 QX50 offers a package of technologies to enhance the driving experience. It's the first in production to use a variable compression ratio: effectively, it can raise or lower the reach of the pistons, depending on whether power or efficiency is in order.

Infiniti calls the 2.0-liter four-cylinder the VC-Turbo, with the "VC" standing for variable compression. Making 268 hp and 380 Nm of torque, the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo engine adjusts its compression ratio to optimise power and efficiency, purportedly combining the power of a turbo petrol engine with the torque and efficiency of a diesel engine.

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ProPILOT Assist technologies react discreetly to certain driving situations, supporting the driver with a range of empowering driver assist features, placing them in total control.

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