MUSCAT: INFINITI QX50, the mid-size luxurious and premium SUV, has been recognised as the ‘Best Luxury Crossover of the Year’ at The Luxury 100 award ceremony held recently.
The Luxury 100, a unique initiative from Signature magazine that marks Oman’s and the region’s only list of iconic luxury products of the year, is a superlative compilation or a consolidated “List of Lists” that embodies the spirit of luxury. Created after months of study and research, the editors of UMS, renowned luxury specialists, lifestyle journalists and a select mix of readers and industry experts weigh in to create this list and each featured product has proven its luxury credentials with its popularity. The categories range from personal luxury goods, luxury cars and luxury hospitality to bespoke banking.
A spokesperson for INFINITI Oman said, “It is an honour to receive this prestigious award. The QX50 offers a suite of advanced technology, unrivalled interior space, stunning exterior design, and the world’s first variable compression ratio (VC-Turbo) engine. For those reasons and more, we consider the QX50 to be the most important vehicle in our line-up. We appreciate the added validation from Signature magazine.”
QX50 – one of the most compelling INFINITI models to date
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.
Advanced VC-Turbo engine
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 crossover
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.
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.
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.
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
Fuel system: Direct injection and multi-port (variable)
XTRONIC continuously-variable transmission with manual shift mode
0-to-60 mph: 6.3 secs (AWD) / 6.7 secs (FWD* *
Top speed (kph): (230 kph)
Overall length: 4,700
Overall height: 1,678
Overall width* : 1,903
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.