For starters, it comes with the brand’s latest engine technology. An all-new VC-Turbo engine, which is basically a 2.0L turbocharged four cylinder engine with Variable Compression technology. The lump produces a healthy 268bhp and 380Nm of torque. All of the power is sent to either the front wheels or all four wheels via Nissan’s XTRONIC CVT gearbox.
As for the century sprint, the FWD model achieves it in just 6.7 seconds while the AWD model does it in 6.3 seconds, before maxing its top speed of 230kmph. Infiniti says the 2019 QX50 is expected to deliver fuel economy of 27mpg/11.48km/l (U.S. combined, front-wheel drive; 26mpg/11.05km/l all-wheel drive). Front-wheel-drive models offer a 35% improvement in fuel efficiency over the previous V6 gasoline QX50; all-wheel-drive models offer a 30% improvement.
What’s interesting is Infiniti’s ProPILOT system.
Essentially, it is a semi-autonomous driver assistance system capable of controlling the steering, acceleration and braking on single-lane highways. This system isn’t all that new as it is already equipped in some Nissan cars, but not in Malaysia sadly. Hopefully we’ll get to see some of that locally soon.
Of course, the brand is well known for its organic design. The QX50 has some cues from its other siblings like the Q50, Q30 and also the QX30. The best part of the new SUV is the fact that the production model doesn’t differ much from the concept car.
As an example, the black wheel arch trim, chrome elements around the side windows as well as character lines around the doors are pretty much the same as the concept.
The only differences are the omission of the concept car headlights, less chrome trim as well as a smaller opening for the faux air ducts under the headlights.
It looks good and also offers better drag co-efficient compared to the previous gen QX50. the hood, bumpers, A-pillars, tailgate and enclosed underbody are all specially designed to encourage airflow over, around and under the vehicle, with minimal turbulence.