2018 Infiniti QX50 Revealed In New Patent Photos

Infiniti recently unveiled the QX50 concept at the North American International Auto Show and now we could be getting our best glimpse of the production model.

These patent images show a stylish crossover which closely mimics the aforementioned concept. Despite this, there are a handful of changes including a slightly smaller grille and a new front bumper with more restrained air intakes.

The side profile remains pretty true to the concept but designers installed traditional door handles and revised side skirts. Additional changes are limited but there’s a more conventional rear bumper and a new tailgate-mounted spoiler with a smaller third brake light.

Infiniti hasn’t said much about the model but when they introduced the QX50 concept, they strongly hinted the production crossover would use their new Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo) engine.

At the time, Infiniti mentioned that the crossover is “one of the ideal applications” for the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo which produces a higher output than “many competing four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engines.” The automaker also suggested the engine would be paired with a front-biased intelligent all-wheel drive system.

The engine is set to go into production in 2018 and engineers are targeting a 27-percent improvement in fuel efficiency over V6 engines with a similar power output.

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  • Emoto

    Truly hideous.

  • Just another Supra fan

    The D-pillar looks like as if the designer was sneezing while he was designing the car.

  • Nordschleife

    I think it will look decent. It can’t be any worse than the current QX50/EX35. Once it is in the flesh I think it will look fine.

  • Matthijs

    Its nice they try to have a signature thing but that D-pillar doesnt look nice.. The rest looks a bit like a more extravagant Mazda

    • Toronado_II

      Yeah, really close to Mazda.

      • Akeem

        Mazda copied Infiniti… but okay.

  • KSegg

    Infiniti. About as interesting as herpes.

  • An Existing Person

    I would hold off any judgement until the actual vehicle is shown.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Too bad it’s FWD now…

  • MarketAndChurch

    The lower fascia on the front bumper looks like Infiniti is targeting Acura, whereas the original concept’s looked more like it was trying to best Mercedes or Lexus(and successfully so…). It’s a small detail, but one that I think would have raised the profile of this vehicle from the “Infinity version of a generic crossover,” to a segment-best. The final product should still look great though.

  • Zandit75

    Everyone needs to keep in mind these patent drawings are made using a specific software that blows the proportions out when shown like this. Remember how bad the Lamborghini Centenario looked when we saw the drawings for that? Then compared to the real life thing it was totally different.
    http://i.imgur.com/0yurzUM.jpg

    http://hanabi.autoweek.com/sites/default/files/styles/gen-1200-675/public/Lamborghini-Centenario_04.jpg?itok=os_-AHpO

    • jokR

      Exactly, that’s the difference between orthographic view and perspective view !!

  • Kash

    Looks like the CX-9 from the profile, a little Levante from the back, and MDX from the front, oh Nissan.

    • Akeem

      Infiniti started this design language back in 2013… Everyone (Mazda) has since copied… Doesn’t matter Mazdas recalling over half a million vehicles… see how Karma works =)

      • Kash

        That being said, I was talking about the general shape of the profile, not the actual design of the car, especially how the headlights and grille appear in profile from the shape of the roofline. Combine it all together and you get a car that’ll be confused for a Mazda but a lot of people…

        • Akeem

          I agree, it will be confused by the *lay public,* but a real car enthusiast shall see the original from the doppelgänger.

          • Kash

            You’re right, Mazda’s are just instantly recognizable.

          • Akeem

            ….for being low quality. Hence the recall and law suit estimated in the billions. Zoom, Zoom though!

          • Kash

            Name 1 brand that hasn’t issued a recall. And which recall and lawsuit are you talking about?