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Infiniti QX50 Promises Petrol Power Cleanliness & Diesel Like Efficiency

This is the QX50 and it looks like a typical Infiniti... strange looking and not in the slightest desirable. Look beneath the odd-ball styling and there is change, change we can beleieve in, change that sounds too good to be true,

The QX50 is the first production vehicle ever to feature an engine with variable compression: In non technocal jargon that equates to a petrol engine offering the same efficiencies as a diesel powered car.

INFINITI’s new VC-Turbo petrol engine is seen as the next major step in optimising efficiency and emissions of the internal combustion engine, literally transforming between power and efficiency on demand.

The all-new platform has a front engine / front wheel drive configuration with an all-wheel drive option. The 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine is of course turbo-charged and produces 268bhp.

The old QX50 used a V6 engine, the new VC-Turbo unit represents a 35% improvement in fuel efficiency, says Infiniti.

The vehicle also incorporates INFINITI’s pioneering ProPilot autonomous drive support technologies to assist the driver when accelerating, braking and steering during single-lane carriageway driving, whilst still allowing them to retain ultimate control over the car.

The Infiniti brand sells very low volumes in the UK market but has a stronger presence in the USA. As of now there is no confirmation it will ever be sold in the UK.