Spied: 2018 Infiniti QX50 sheds camo, shows its interiorby Drew Johnson
The new Infiniti QX50 will debut before the end of the year.
Infiniti's next-generation QX50 crossover has been spotted undergoing high-altitude testing, revealing more of its production bodywork and its thoroughly revamped interior.
The last time we saw the 2018 QX50 is was still covered in body-concealing camouflage, but the prototype spotted today was only covered in a psychedelic wrap. We can now see clear ties between the QX50 and the Q50 sedan, including a sculpted hood, pronounced character lines down its belt line and thin taillights at the back. It looks as thought the new QX50 will also adopt new-look headlights with LED elements similar to that of other high-end automakers.
Interior shots reveal a more modern-looking cabin with Infiniti's dual-screen setup. A new shift lever design is clearly visible in the center console. The new QX50 should offer more interior volume, which was a knock on the current model.
The 2018 QX50 is expected to switch from a rear-wheel drive platform to a new front-wheel drive chassis shared with other Renault- Nissan vehicles. All-wheel drive will be optional.
The 2018 QX50 will usher in Infiniti's new variable compression turbo technology. Displacing 2.0L, the four-cylinder in the QX50 should be good for about 268 horsepower and 287 lb-ft of torque, ensuring snappy performance to keep up with segment rivals like the BMW X3 and Acura RDX.
The 2018 Infiniti QX50 is expected to make its global debut before the end of the year.