This is the new Infiniti QX50, caught undergoing high-altitude testing in less camouflage. This time the spy pictures also reveal its concept inspired interior. A thinly veiled concept version made its debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show, and the production version seems to stick closely to what was shown.
The new QX50 will ride on a new front-drive platform likely shared with other Renault and Nissan vehicles, but a change from the current car's rear-drive setup. It should be better sized to go compete with vehicles such as the Acura RDX and BMW X3 (caught benchmarking) with this change.
Infiniti's new 2-litre variable compression turbocharged engine will also make its production debut in this QX50, and go on to power many vehicles in the brand's lineup. Inside we can see that the QX50 maintains most of its concept inspired interior. It does get a revised gear shifter though, relocated push button start, along with the addition of a couple of cup holders to complete the production intent look.
The new QX50 should debut by the end of 2017, with an on sale date in early 2018.