INFINITI QX50 Concept Media Information April 2017

  • New QX50 Concept represents an evolution of the 2016 QX Sport Inspiration, with an original yet practical new SUV form
  • Concept’s cabin challenges conventional thinking on interior car design with elevated levels of modern craftsmanship
  • INFINITI’s latest concept lights a path to the future integration of the brand’s ProPILOT Assist autonomous drive technologies
  • Demonstrates a potential application for INFINITI’s production-ready VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine

The QX50 Concept showcases INFINITI’s vision for a next-generation mid-size premium SUV.

Demonstrating how the design of the 2016 QX Sport Inspiration, its conceptual forebear, could be adapted for a future production model, the QX50 Concept confidently articulates INFINITI’s ‘Powerful Elegance’ design language. A ‘cabin-forward’ silhouette combines with muscular lines and flowing surfaces to telegraph its purpose as a dynamic and practical SUV.

The organic forms of the ‘driver-centric, passenger-minded’ cabin were designed in harmony with the exterior shape. Blending progressive design with modern craftsmanship, the QX50 Concept’s interior reflects INFINITI’s desire to challenge conventional approaches to premium interior design.

This concept also previews the roll-out of ProPILOT, the platform upon which all future INFINITI autonomous drive support technologies will be based. Central to the strategy for the development of future INFINITI autonomous drive support systems, ProPILOT Assist ensures the driver retains ultimate control over their vehicle – in keeping with INFINITI’s focus on driver engagement. Allowing drivers to retain control over their vehicle, INFINITI ProPILOT Assist will act as a ‘co-pilot’ for the driver, empowering rather than replacing human control.

Furthermore, the QX50 Concept illustrates a potential application for INFINITI’s advanced Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo) engine, offering drivers a powertrain that adapts to offer both power and efficiency.

An evolution of INFINITI’s 2016 QX Sport Inspiration mid-size SUV

With the unveiling of the QX Sport Inspiration at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, we showed the future of INFINITI QX models. The new QX50 Concept evolves this concept further and shows how INFINITI could develop its future presence in what is the fastest-growing vehicle segment globally.” Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI

With the QX50 Concept, INFINITI seeks to explore a more emotional execution of SUV design, bringing a degree of elegance and artistry to a segment typified by an uninspiring, clinical aesthetic. Marrying human artistry with utility, the QX50 Concept fulfils the expectation of practicality with a spacious cabin and cargo area. Furthermore, with a design adapted for the greatest possible packaging efficiency, the QX50 Concept previews how INFINITI could adapt future vehicle designs to accommodate a compact powertrain, such as the company’s VC-Turbo engine.

The QX50 Concept marks the next stage in INFINITI’s continued renewal of its product range. INFINITI designs concepts with production intent, such as true-to-concept production versions of the Q30, QX30 and Q60 concepts. The creation of each of these has previewed the design and layout of the brand’s next-generation models. The QX50 Concept previews the evolving signature INFINITI design elements, demonstrating how they could be adapted for a mid-sized premium SUV.

With its ground breaking proportions, the 2003 INFINITI FX45 set the template for future SUVs to follow throughout the last decade. The world’s first mid-size multi-purpose sports vehicle, the INFINITI FX is still considered an SUV design icon today. Last year’s QX Sport Inspiration sought to rekindle that excitement – and in an increasingly crowded and popular market segment, the new QX50 Concept now illustrates how these design themes could be translated into a production reality.