You noticed a teaser the opposite day, however right here’s the actual factor. Infiniti’s next-generation 2019 QX50 midsize crossover has appeared on-line earlier than its official unveiling at subsequent week’s L.A. Auto Present.
The mannequin’s uncloaking doesn’t yield any nice design surprises, as this next-generation mannequin — bearing Infiniti’s new “Highly effective Magnificence” styling — was preceded, considerably oddly, by its personal namesake idea automobile. One shock, nevertheless, is the mannequin’s anticipated gas economic system.
With a 2.Zero-liter variable compression four-cylinder resting underneath the hood, the brand new QX50 sips much less gasoline than initially claimed.
“A compelling different to diesel, it challenges the notion that solely hybrid and diesel powertrains can ship excessive torque and effectivity,” Infiniti says of its new VC-T engine, some twenty years within the making.
The turbocharged 2.Zero-liter is able to adjusting its compression ratio on the fly by way of some very intelligent engineering. That unfold bookends at eight:1 and 14:1, making certain optimum effectivity in all driving conditions.
Not too long ago, Nissan’s chief powertrain engineer, Shinichi Kiga, mentioned the VC-T engine would allow the subsequent QX50 to high the outgoing mannequin’s mixed gas economic system by 27 p.c. Evidently was a lowballed determine. In comparison with the present mannequin (powered by a three.7-liter V6), the 2019 QX50 will return an estimated 27 mpg mixed for front-wheel-drive variants, and 26 mpg mixed when optioned with all-wheel-drive. Meaning gas economic system will increase of 35 and 30 p.c, respectively.
Early energy estimates for the VC-T engine pegged the horsepower score (268) accurately, however the brand new QX50’s torque falls a bit of quick, at 280 lb-ft. That’s nonetheless above the present mannequin’s 267 lb-ft.
Among the credit score for the 2019 mannequin’s gas economic system bump goes to the brand new engine’s dance associate — a transmission that’s equally as malleable. For 2019, the QX50 ditches its seven-speed automated for a repeatedly variable unit. The brand new design additionally means a decrease drag coefficient, additional serving to gas economic system. When it comes to efficiency, all of this effectivity means a barely longer journey to cruising pace, with the automobile’s Zero-60 time rising simply over half a second to six.three seconds (for AWD fashions).
Infiniti’s earlier teaser promised consumers class-leading inside house, and that’s nonetheless the final expectation. Particularly, Infiniti desires the QX50’s rear-seat house to high all challengers — one thing it plans to perform by putting in a sliding rear seat. (Dimensionally, the mannequin is inside an inch of the previous-gen mannequin in all measurements, regardless of using on a brand new platform.)
“The trunk’s quantity expands from 31.6 cu ft (895 liters SAE) to 37 cu ft (1,048 liters SAE) because the rear bench slides fore and aft, rising to 60 cu ft (1,699 liters SAE) with the rear seats folded,” the automaker claims
Occupants sliding backwards and forwards on that funky new seat will in all probability be unaware of the energy of the automobile surrounding them. Infiniti claims the 2019 QX50 boasts a 23-percent enchancment in torsional rigidity, all due to the industry-first use of excessive formability 980 MPa high-tensile metal. In addition to growing stiffness, the metal helped engineers cut back weight (although by how a lot, we don’t know).
Additionally showing on the 2019 mannequin is Nissan’s ProPilot Help semi-autonomous driving tech. There’s greater than a little bit of emphasis positioned on the semi right here. Infiniti claims consumers nonetheless wish to be answerable for piloting the automobile, so, like each different automaker in existence, it’s not permitting the system to deal with all the driving.
“Our intention is to empower the driving force and improve emotions of enjoyment behind the wheel, to not take away the driving force from the equation,” mentioned François Bancon, Infiniti vp of product and packages, in a press release.
Although ProPilot is predicted to realize new capabilities over the approaching years, proper now it’s only a very sensible cruise management. The system oversees braking, acceleration and steering throughout single-lane freeway driving.
Count on to see the brand new crossover hit sellers early subsequent summer time.