Brand debut world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine – 'VC Turbo'


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Los Angeles, Tuesday 28th November 2017 – Today, ahead of AutoMobility LA, luxury brand INFINITI globally revealed their all-new QX50 – a premium mid-size SUV with significant world-first technologies.
The car’s VC-Turbo engine, the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine, continuously transforms to optimize power and efficiency. Developed on an entirely new platform, the car features INFINITI Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, bringing the first SUV and first front-wheel drive application of Direct Adaptive Steering, now in its fourth-generation, to the all-new vehicle.
Christian Meunier, INFINITI Global Division Vice President commented: “Variable compression ratio technology represents a breakthrough in powertrain development. The QX50, powered by our VC-Turbo, is the first production vehicle ever to give drivers an engine that transforms on demand, setting a new benchmark for powertrain capability and refinement. This uncommonly smooth engine offers customers power and performance, as well as efficiency and economy.”
Equipped with the VC-Turbo engine, the all-new QX50 is the most efficient car in its class, delivering unrivalled gasoline fuel economy of 27 mpg (US combined, front-wheel drive; 26 mpg all-wheel drive). Additionally, the all-new QX50’s 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine employs the world’s first active engine mount vibration damping system, called an Active Torque Rod (ATR), to reduce engine noise even further - the only car in its class to offer this kind of technology.
The all-new QX50 also comes complete for the first time with ProPILOT Assist technologies, that react discreetly and autonomously to certain driving situations, supporting the driver with a range of empowering ‘co-pilot’ features, placing them in total control. ProPILOT is the umbrella term under which all future INFINITI autonomous drive support technologies will be based and this represents the first step in their development.
Finally, this vehicle sees the first ever automotive use of SHF (Super High Formability) 980 MPa high-tensile steel, further strengthening the all-new platform. The high-tensile material can be molded into unprecedented shapes, saving weight and representing a torsional rigidity improvement of 23% over the current QX50. This segment-leading rigidity allows the car to resist flex and vibrations, while reducing the noise transmitted to the cabin.
The INFINITI QX50 has been subjected to a robust global testing regime, with 600 late-stage prototypes tested on roads and tracks all around the world in extreme weather conditions and in locations that included switchback mountain passes, arid deserts, congested urban hubs and high-speed highways.
INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with representations in 50 markets around the world. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.
INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Beijing.
INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies.
From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance. 
More information about INFINITI and its industry leading technologies can be found at You can also follow INFINITI on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube. 

GVs all-new INFINITI QX50

GVs INFINITI QX50 Global Reveal

GVs INFINITI QX50 Press Conference, LA

IV Christian Meunier, Global Division VP, INFINITI

IV Karim Habib, Executive Design Director, INFINITI

IV Randy Parker, VP INFINITI Americas

29 November 2017