INFINITI QX50 wins 'Best Luxury Crossover of the Year' at Signature's The Luxury 100 award

The premier SUV INFINITI QX50, which has been created to deliver ultimate levels of comfort, design and technology, has won the ‘Best Luxury Crossover of the Year’ honour at Signature’s The Luxury 100 award, a unique initiative by Signature magazine, during a ceremony held at Muscat Bay, recently.

The Luxury 100 is a novel concept from Signature magazine that seeks to recognise the year’s best luxury products. It is the first venture of its kind in the region. Signature magazine’s The Luxury 100 features a list of 100 premium brands that have been curated by a team comprising of UMS Editors, editorial team in various parts of the world and selected connoisseurs of luxury. The list features brands that have made their mark in 2018 through their brand appeal, brand value and overall growth are taken into consideration.

A spokesperson for INFINITI Oman said, “We are elated that INFINITI brand has made it to The Luxury 100 list this year too. It makes us feel honoured to be in the list of iconic luxury products of the year. The brands that have made it to the 2018’s The Luxury 100 stand out for their high standards.  The mid-size luxurious and premium SUV INFINITI QX50 embodies everything the brand stands for beautiful design, advanced technology and empowering performance. Its key features like ample space, engine power and efficiency rolled into one unique vehicle.”

INFINITI QX50

The INFINITI QX50 features VC-Turbo, which is the world's first variable compression ratio engine in a production vehicle. The VC-Turbo engine delivers the strong and convincing performance of a V6 and the fuel economy of a 4-cylinder engine, which allows users to harness the exhilarating performance of 268 hp and 380 nm at 4,400 rpm of torque.

The appearance of the INFINITI QX50 highlights the influence of human artistry in the design process to emphasize the car’s premium quality with intelligent packaging and deep character lines with INFINITI signature design cues.

Seamless power delivery

The VC-Turbo engine is the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine, transforming on demand. A breakthrough in combustion engine design, the 2.0-litre VC-Turbo engine adjusts its compression ratio to optimize power and efficiency.

A multi-link system continuously raises or lowers the pistons’ reach to transform the compression ratio. High compression ratios aid efficiency, while low ratios enable greater power and torque. The VC-Turbo offers any compression ratio between 8:1 (for performance) and 14:1 (for efficiency), maximizing driver control.

The engine delivers 268 hp (200 kW) and (380 Nm) and fuel economy of 14.1 km/l combined, front-wheel drive; 13.6 km/l combined, all-wheel drive). Front-wheel drive models offer a 35% improvement in fuel efficiency over the previous V6 gasoline QX50; all-wheel drive models offer a 30% improvement.

The engine is paired with a continuously-variable transmission (CVT), for seamless power delivery. Its infinite number of gears perfectly matches the engine’s ability to transform.

Compact premium SUV

The QX50 is built on an all-new platform, featuring a front-engine, front-wheel drive-based layout. Engineered with flexibility of application in mind, the new platform sets new standards for refinement, rigidity and interior space in the compact premium SUV segment.

The platform’s layout allows for higher levels of packaging efficiency than before, resulting in the QX50’s ideal interior proportions for passengers and cargo.

The QX50 represents the first automotive use of SHF (Super High Formability) 980 MPa high-tensile steel, further strengthening the all-new platform. The high-tensile material can be moulded into unprecedented shapes, saving weight and representing a torsional rigidity improvement of 23% over the current QX50. This rigidity allows the car to resist flex and vibrations, as well as reduce the level of noise transmitted to the cabin.

Powerful Elegance

Remaining true to the design of the QX50 Concept and QX Sport Inspiration, the QX50’s aerodynamic exterior reinterprets INFINITI’s distinctive Powerful Elegance design language and signature design cues for the SUV segment. It combines a confident stance with intelligent packaging, while deep character lines highlight the influence of human artistry in the design process.

At 1,678 mm in height, the QX50 stands out on the road. Its elevated driver position maximizes visibility, for a clear view whether driving or parking. Aerodynamic efficiency is key to the QX50’s design – the drag coefficient is reduced by 6% compared to the previous QX50. Its hood, bumpers, A-pillar, tailgate and enclosed underbody are all specially designed to encourage airflow over, around and under the vehicle, with minimal turbulence.

The unrivalled interior space, artistic application of high-quality materials, and advanced craftsmanship make the cabin as welcoming and comfortable as it is flexible. Driver-centric, yet passenger-minded, the QX50 offers a package of technologies to enhance the driving experience. Its asymmetric layout and calm, connected ambience is designed to meet different needs of the driver and passengers.

The cabin boasts ample space, with a sliding rear bench enhancing cabin and cargo flexibility and rear legroom. The trunk’s volume expands from   881 liters SAE), to 1,773 liters SAE) with the rear seats folded. With all seats in place, it accommodates three golf bags, or a stroller stored lengthways, with space for additional cargo. Under-floor storage areas allow owners to stow other items out of sight.

Technical specifications

Body and chassis

Five-door, five-seater SUV, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Four-cylinder variable compression ratio turbocharged engine driving the front or all wheels via continuously-variable transmission.

Engine

2.0-litre VC-Turbo gasoline

Type: Turbocharged four-cylinder in-line with variable compression ratio

Displacement  (cc): 1,997 (8:1 CR) ~ 1,970 (14:1)

Bore and stroke: 84.0 x 90.1 mm (8:1 CR) ~ 84.0 x 88.9 mm (14:1 CR)

Compression ratio: 8:1 ~ 14:1 (variable)

Max power: 268 hp (200 kW) @ 5,600 rpm

Max torque: (380 Nm) @ 4,400 rpm

Valves: 16

Fuel system: Direct injection and multi-port (variable)

Transmission

XTRONIC continuously-variable transmission with manual shift mode

Performance

0-to-60 mph: 6.3 secs (AWD) / 6.7 secs (FWD* *

Top speed (kph): (230 kph)

Dimensions (imm)

Overall length:  4,700

Overall height: 1,678

Overall width* : 1,903

Wheelbase: 2,800

Ground clearance: 21 7

*excluding door mirrors

Fuel economy (km/l )

FWD, combined: 14.1                                                            

AWD, combined: 13.6                                                            

*disclaimer: Testing results applicable only for the US market and not specific for the Middle East region yet.