Caught! 2018 Infiniti QX50 [Spy Shots]

2018 Infiniti QX50
Infiniti’s new QX50 gets some cosmetic updates. The real news is under the hood.

Infiniti’s Revolutionary QX50

TFLcar reader Joe Tafoya passed along these snaps of the all-new 2018 Infiniti QX50 parked in Mesa, Ariz. last week. From the looks of it, the basic styling sticks with Infiniti’s evolving aesthetic, but the real news concerns what Infiniti has under the hood.

Infiniti’s two-row crossover will feature a new and complex 2.0-liter turbo-4 with a variable-valve-timing system. This will allow the engine to change its compression ratio in less than 2 seconds. It will go from efficient, high-compression power for fuel economy to high boost, low compression performance. Infiniti already claims that this 268-hp engine is 27 percent more efficient than a V6 with the same horsepower. In Infiniti’s words, it’s supposed to deliver the torque and efficiency of a diesel.

The new QX also shares a platform with Mercedez-Benz crossovers, much like it currently does with the tiny Infiniti QX30 and Mercedes-Benz GLA crossovers. A CVT transmission is all Infiniti will offer. Buyers can expect to see the same engine set-up appear in the 3-row QX60.

Pricing should start at just under $40,000.