Don't be surprised if many of these design cues eventually arrive on a model in showrooms.

After revealing the crossover a few weeks ago, Infiniti is giving the world a closer look at the QX50 concept. The company says that the mid-size CUV previews the look of its future models in the popular segment.

The QX50 is a sleeker evolution of the traditional crossover’s somewhat boxy look. In front, there’s the latest take on Infiniti’s double-arch grille with sweeping LED headlights on each side. Creases in the hood then flow to the A-pillar. In profile, the taut shoulder line extends the headlights’ point down the length of the body. The arching roof leads to the jagged D-pillar. The taillights echo the shape of those in front and wrap around the muscular fenders.

Infiniti QX50 Concept: Detroit 2017
Infiniti QX50 Concept: Detroit 2017

The QX50 concept is Infiniti’s effort to bring the earlier QX Sport Inspiration show car closer to a production-ready look. The latest model features softer, less sculpted lines but carries forward the same basic shape.

Inside, Infiniti shows off high-end materials, like buttoned leather and attractive wood finishes. It looks like a very comfortable place to take a drive. The infotainment screen at the center of the dashboard would offer information about the various driver assistance systems, in addition to all the usual functions of such a display.

Infiniti QX50 Concept: Detroit 2017
Infiniti QX50 Concept: Detroit 2017

Infiniti plans the QX50 concept around its forthcoming Variable Compression Turbo engine. In its production-ready form, the 2.0-liter forced-induction mill produces a maximum of 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and 288 pound-feet (390 Newton-meters). The tech can adjust compression between 8:1 and 14:1 as necessary to balance fuel economy and performance. The company reportedly plans to use the powerplant as a replacement for the current 3.5-liter V6.

Infiniti also imagines the concept’s production guise as introducing some of the brand’s latest autonomous technology. A network of lidar, radar, and cameras would monitor the road, and the latest generation of software would make sure the CUV piloted itself safely down the highway.

Motor1 has a team at the Detroit Auto Show. Check back soon for live photos of the QX50 concept.

 

Source: Infiniti

Live Photos: Chris Amos / Motor1.com

 

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