The upcoming new 2018 Infiniti QX50 have been spied testing this week.
We saw the concept at this year’s Detroit Motor Show and, going by the spy photos, it seems the Japanese company has kept the design of the production car very close to the concept.
Although much of the new SUV’s finer details remain heavily wrapped, it is clear the lighting at both ends will be almost identical to those of the concept.
Likewise, the new QX50’s proportions and muscular curves appear unchanged from the concept.
The QX50 has tougher bumpers and the more open grille is placed lower, next to narrower headlights.
Overall, it’s a significant improvement on the current QX50 that was introduced sometime ago as the EX, before Infiniti renamed its entire range.
The current model was never offered in Australia, but this new generation is likely to be a shoo-in for our market. For its part, though, Infiniti’s local arm has yet to confirm plans.
Full details for the new model are still some way off being revealed, although it is likely we can expect power to be provide by Infiniti’s new variable compression-turbocharged engine.
Reports out of Europe suggest the engine will be capable of outputs in the 200kW range, although we wouldn’t expect to see those figures in anything other than larger models (as with Mazda’s four-cylinder turbo CX-9) and performance variants.
The new VC-T engine made its debut in September last year, but has yet to appear in a production car.
For more on Infiniti’s new engine, catch our earlier coverage here.