This year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Infiniti is set to reveal something that everyone can get excited for, the 2019 Infiniti QX50. This incarnation comes with a trick variable compression turbocharged engine, or VC-T. Aside from the new engine, the QX50 ditches the real-wheel drive on the current model for an all-new front-wheel-drive platform, as well as the new ProPilot assist technology that was first seen on the Nissan Leaf.

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Perhaps the most interestingly exciting part about the QX50 is its engine. The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four is able to adjust the stroke of the piston quickly, varying the engine’s compression from 8:1 to 14:1, giving the midsize crossover some much improved efficiency and diesel-like torque. It’s down 57 horses but up 14 pound-feet from the last model, as the 2019 model is rated at 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel-drive models get up to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, but that drops to about 6.2 seconds with all-wheel drive.

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The current QX50 only has a combined mpg rating of 20, but the new 2019 model will have quite the boost in fuel economy with the FWD getting 27 mpg and the AWD getting 26 mpg. Power will come through a continuously variable transmission, which if like other Infiniti and Nissan CVTs, it’ll be pretty subtle. On another positive note, because of the shift to a front-wheel-drive platform, the cargo space efficiency has improved. The cargo capacity is up from 31.6 cubic-feet to 37 cubic-feet, and with the seats down it increases to 60 cubic-feet. It still may not be the best in terms of space, but it’s definitely not amongst the worst anymore.

As far as looks go, it’s not out of the ordinary of what you’d see with other Infiniti products. The new QX50 has more conventional SUV proportions and stylings. As a matter of fact, it looks like a 7/8-scale version of the QX80, but with a front-wheel-drive profile. The QX50 concept that was revealed earlier this year turned out to be a pretty accurate interpretation of what was to come. Aside from its classy looks, the ProPilot assist system adds layers of safety and convenience features. It does not have fully-autonomous capabilities, however it will come with adaptive cruise control and lane keeping steering assist. 

infiniti qx50 concept

We can expect to see the QX50 on sale next year, competing with other models in the segment like the Cadillac XT5, Lexus RX, and Acura RDX. There’s no official pricing information out yet, but its base MSRP is expected to be somewhere between $35,000 and $40,000.