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New Infiniti QX50 to use world's first production variable compression ratio engine

26 November 2017

Only a single image has been released but it shows the new SUV heavily inspired by the concept of the same name, which was unveiled earlier this year. According to the company, the platform sets "new standards for refinement, rigidity and interior space" in the medium SUV segment. Labeled as the VC-Turbo, the technology should provide "a breakthrough in combustion engine design".

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The 2-litre VC-Turbo petrol engine in the QX50 can adjust its compression ratio from 8:1 to 14:1, which will allow the driver to make full use of the 280hp available for performance, or dial everything back to return the most effective fuel economy. It does this through a unique multi-link mechanism that is able to raise or lower the pistons' reach. The relatively nascent luxury brand may be looking for a new flagship with more technology, a defining sedan or crossover to shape the automaker's mold going forward, or a new powertrain to cement its status as a forward-thinking, fuel efficient marque. The 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder is said to produce 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque with a combined fuel efficiency of 9.05L/100km for all-wheel-drive models.

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The new Infiniti QX50 has been revealed, complete with a new platform and world's first variable compression ratio petrol engine in a production vehicle. The new QX50 borrows much of its look from the bigger, three-row QX60, including a chromed kink near the rear roof pillar and a more upright trapezoidal grille up front.

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Of course, it will also be equipped with the brand's semi-autonomous-driving ProPilot feature. The new QX50 loses its rear-wheel-drive proportions, but gains roughly 20 percent more cargo volume behind the second row. It consists of functions that help the driver accelerate, brake and steer the vehicle in single-lane highway driving conditions, providing autonomous-like functionality, activating at the push of a button.

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Expect further details on the new QX50 next week during its reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

New Infiniti QX50 to use world's first production variable compression ratio engine