Based on Infiniti’s new front-wheel drive platform, power comes now comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine called VC-Turbo. It can adjust compression ratio from either 8:1 for peformance or 14:1 for fuel economy. Maximum power is rated at 272 PS and 380 Nm of torque which is then sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transsmision (CVT).
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-liter VC-Turbo engine adjusts its compression ratio to optimize power and efficiency. It combines the power of a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with the torque and efficiency of a four-cylinder diesel engine. A compelling alternative to diesel, it challenges the notion that only hybrid and diesel powertrains can deliver high torque and efficiency.
At 4.69m long, 1.9m wide and 1.68m tall it’s similar in size to a BMW X3, and Infiniti claims the elevated driving position maximises visibility. We’ve yet to see the interior, but Nissan’s luxury division says it features an “artistic application of high quality materials and advanced craftsmanship”.
It also has autonomous tech called ProPilot Assist, but as “Infiniti’s customers have stated their desire to remain a key element in the driving equation… the brand’s vision for autonomous driving is a step removed from the notion of fully-autonomous driverless motoring embraced by some carmakers”. So there.