Next-Gen Infiniti QX50 Spied Looking Like its Concept


It might be wearing a lot of camouflage, but this is the next-generation Infiniti QX50.

Spied testing in Europe ahead of its release next year, the new Infiniti QX50 will be strongly influenced by the QX50 Concept that debuted earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show. Up front there’s a broad mesh grille and narrow headlights with the LED daytime running lights looking similar to what’s found on the concept. As expected however, the front bumper’s styling has been toned down a bit though the vertical intakes remain and give the QX50 a more aggressive style.

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Overall the QX50’s profile is sporty, with the rear end featuring a subtle roof spoiler and thin, horizontal tail lights. The crossover will reportedly take advantage of Infiniti’s new 2.0-liter VC Turbo engine, which has the ability to alter the piston stroke to change the compression ratio. Look for it to deliver around 268 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque.

Although the Japanese automaker hasn’t confirmed when the next-generation Infiniti QX50 will debut, it’s possible the Frankfurt Motor Show will host its unveiling in September.

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  • Carmaker1

    “QX50 will be strongly influenced by the QX50 Concept that debuted earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show.”

    Please don’t make ignorant extrapolations in the form of a news report, if you are clueless about what is actually going on with the P71A programme. The QX50 Concept did NOT influence the production model. What kind of logic is that? This was neither the case with the Q60, QX30, nor Q30.

    I do not know why you are reporting that fib, if not only because you saw the QX Sport Inspiration Concept first and made your own lackadaisical guesstimate based off of that.

    The QX50 design was approved in 2014 by Shiro Nakamura, the work of a Renault designer at the time (cannot be publicly named yet). Design freeze was over 2 years ago, meaning the concepts developed during 2015 and 2016, have no bearing on P71A development. They are merely veiled teasers for the public, as they prepare the QX50 for launch.

    I am brash in my commentary, as other people will read your erroneous report and be misled by such fallacious assumptions on your part. How can an already frozen production design, be influenced by a subsequently developed concept car.

    It just doesn’t happen like that and you as a motor industry journalist, should know better. It goes on sale in February 2018, as a 2018.5 model and production begins in November/December in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

    I really wish you guys would do your research and stick strictly to the facts that you do have it hand. Not lacing these stories with your own off-handed opinions, that may have no merit in regards to actuality.

  • dn12005

    Good to see you posting again.

    With Habib coming on board in July, do you think he may have any design influence on the QX70, QX80, Q70, Q80 designs? Or, are those vehicles in a design freeze as well?

    If those cars can’t be affected by his hire, when will we likely begin to see his influence? By the way, how do you like this hire?


  • Carmaker1

    Interestingly enough, Habib designed the last generation 7-Series that ran from 2008 to 2015. A car that was well received, unlike the new G11.

    The current model, was signed off before he was promoted to his last position at BMW in 2012, means he had no real influence over it.

    I don’t think he will have much effect over any of those cars, unless they are mysteriously pushed back even further. They keep changing things on a whim due to some of the most arcane reasoning, that he might have opportunity on some of them.

    The QX70 and Q80, he will definitely have no involvement. The Q70 is not coming on schedule as planned before, same for the QX80 (another interim refresh comes out in December). It is very possible for half of those models’ replacements.