Infiniti is wasting no time at the start of 2017 by revealing to the world the first trio of pictures of their second-generation QX50 crossover. The Detroit debutant will succeed the decade-old model which is currently on sale in Malaysia from RM310k to RM380k.

The new QX50 will come with a host of semi-autonomous driving technologies such as Active Lane Control, drive-by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering (a world’s first – debuted on the Q50) and Predictive Forward Collision Warning. It doesn’t sound like much because these exact features are found in the Hyundai Ioniq.2017 Infiniti QX50 Concept -

What’s truly unique to the Infiniti is the adoption of the world’s first, production-ready VC-Turbo (Variable Compression) technology. This insanely high tech feature works exactly as it sounds: by varying compression ratios anywhere from 8:1 to 14:1.

Achieving this alone is a technological milestone, because for the first time, the pistons within the engine (in this case, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo) can seamlessly raise or lower their reach. A 14:1 compression ratio in a turbocharged engine is pretty much unheard of, and as a general rule of thumb, the higher the compression, the more complete a droplet of fuel is burnt.

The engine produces healthy numbers as well – 268 hp and 390 Nm of torque. It’ll retire the old 3.7-litre V6 engine (320 hp), among many other big bore V6 powertrains.


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