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Infiniti Unveiling QX50 “Concept” at NAIAS

New CUV loads up the tech, including new AutoPilot and variable-compression engine.

by on Dec.30, 2016

The Infiniti QX50 Concept will reappear in 2017 -- largely unchanged -- in production trim.

It may be called a “concept,” but what you’ll see when the Infiniti QX50 debuts at the North American International Auto Show is darned close to what you’ll be getting in showrooms next year.

Heavily influenced by the earlier Infiniti Sport Inspiration Concept, the crossover coming to Detroit in little more than a week is meant to strike a “perfect balance between lust and logic,” according to the luxury marque’s chief designer, Alfonso Albaisa.

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But the Infiniti QX50 Concept is more than just a styling exercise. It will introduce a variety of significant technical innovations, including the breakthrough variable-compression engine developed by parent Nissan, as well as Infiniti’s next-generation steer-by-wire system and near-autonomous driving capabilities.

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Infiniti Promises Breakthrough with New Variable Compression Engine

Powertrain promises diesel mileage and gas performance.

by on Aug.15, 2016

Nissan's new VC-T engine will debut on an Infiniti model but then find wider use.

Automakers around the world are struggling to cope with increasingly tough mileage and emissions standards, many experts warning that the only solution is to adopt electrified powertrain technology. But an all-new design Nissan and its luxury arm Infiniti plan to debut at the Paris Auto Show next month could keep the time-tested internal combustion in the hunt.

A concept many manufacturers have toyed with over the decades, Nissan’s new engine can adjust its compression ratio to deliver the optimum balance, at any particular moment, between power and fuel efficiency.

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Dubbed the VC-T, short for Variable Compression-Turbo, the new engine is expected to make its debut in a new Infiniti model set to debut next year. But it will likely then find application across both the luxury marque and mainstream Nissan brand.

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