Infiniti officially unwraps new QX50

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Also debuting on the new model is Infiniti's ground-breaking variable-compression turbo (VC-Turbo) 2.0-litre petrol unit that promises "the torque and efficiency of a four-cylinder diesel engine".

Infiniti has released the first official image of its new QX50 SUV ahead of the global launch at next week's LA Motor Show. Maximum power is rated at 272 PS and 380 Nm of torque which is then sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transsmision (CVT).

Infiniti Australia will finally field a competitor in the booming mid-size luxury SUV market with the reveal of its new-generation QX50 crossover that is expected to land in local showrooms in the latter half of 2018.

According to Nissan's head powertrain engineer, Shinichi Kiga, the V-CT-powered QX50 should accelerate from 0-60mph (0-96km/h) nearly one second quicker than its four-cylinder rivals.

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Although there is only one image, it's clear to see that the production QX50 sticks close to the original QX50 concept auto in terms of design.

Infiniti says the new QX50 is the most important vehicle that it has ever introduced and given how popular premium SUVs are becoming these days, it is likely to become the Japanese brand's best seller. On the EV, ProPILOT is a single-lane autonomous driving tech that can automatically control the distance to the vehicle in front using a speed preset by the driver (between 30 and 100 km/h), while steering and keeping itself centered in its lane.

An evolution on the concept version revealed at this year's Detroit motor show, the production-ready QX50 wears subtler body lines and bigger headlights, but also retains the body-integrated roof rails and prominent front grille of the show vehicle. Underneath its sleek design, Infiniti claims that the new structure has 23-percent improved torsional rigidity.

Like the concept, the side of Infiniti's new QX50 features black wheel arch trim, chrome accents around the side windows and a pair of seductive lines running horizontally along the doors. The system assists with accelerator, brakes and steering to keep the vehicle safely on the road.