While the prototype premiered for the first time during the Beijing Motor Show, the preview for the next generation Infiniti QX50 has adopted a slightly altered design in time for the worldwide audience of the Mondial de l’Automobile.
Infiniti is delivering the QX Sport Inspiration closer to production and has opted for a few changes in time for Paris – the exterior shade has been changed to dark gray, the wheels are now 22-inch instead of 21 inchers, and they also have a new design and a bronze hue to match the bronze-painted brake calipers. Inside there is new lighting styling, lighter leather, as well as more brown leather trim at the top of the dashboard. The model is a modern interpretation of Infiniti’s crossover DNA with strong character lines. The cabin is also luxurious and futuristic, with a massive center console and a dashboard the engulfs the driver and passenger. There’s also a big widescreen infotainment display, as well as squat D-shaped, flat-bottom steering wheel.
There have been no details pertaining to the powertrain used in the concept – but the QX50 is expected to be the first model in the range to make use of the new VC-Turbo engine. This variable compression-ratio engine can adjust its piston stroke for a compression ratio ranging from 8:1 to 14:1. A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, Infiniti says it will develop 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and 289 pound-feet (390 Newton-meters) of torque.