The Japanese automaker has been selling the current iteration of the QX50 crossover in America since 2014, but it seems the manufacturer isn’t going to deliver the classic midlife cycle refresh, instead looking to surprise us with a completely new generation for the 2019 model year.

According to a recent report, Infiniti has seemingly confirmed it has decided to skip the 2018 model year altogether, because the company is busy setting up the territory for the new generation 2019 model, which allegedly will follow very closely along the lines of the QX50 concept that premiered at the start of the year during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The all-new QX50 is said to premiere the new Variable Compression-Turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine, labeled as the VC-Turbo – it features tech that alters cylinder compression ratio for increased performance and optimal efficiency.

The first version of the new engine comes with 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and 288 pound-feet (390 Newton-meters) of torque, which is quite a downsize compared to the 3.7-liter 325-hp (242-kW) V6 that’s found inside the current QX50 SUV. Alongside the retired first generation QX50, Infiniti is allegedly ready to send to greener pastures the QX60 hybrid as well, mainly due to poor sales.

Via Motor Authority


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