SPIED: New Infiniti QX50 sheds camo, shows interior

While previous prototypes of the second-generation Infiniti QX50 were wrapped with what can only be described as “garbage bags” to mask the vehicle’s design, the latest ones captured by our spy photographers are a welcomed improvement.

Not only do we get a better look at the vehicle’s exterior, we are also provided with a glimpse inside the upcoming SUV’s cabin. The new QX50 was previewed by the QX50 Concept, which made its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Starting from the outside, the production QX50 appears to mimic the concept pretty closely, with minor alterations to the Infiniti grille, sleek headlights and side intakes. Elsewhere, the lower apron has been changed and no longer appears “buck tooth” like on the concept, but the sculpted hood is as prominent as before.

At the rear, Q60-esque taillights continues to be partly visible, linked by an “arch” exactly like on the concept. Beside the liftgate, we see what appears to be the SUV’s reflectors/rear fog lamps, and below them are larger exhaust outlets as well (both different from the concept).

SPIED: New Infiniti QX50 sheds camo, shows interior

Like the exterior, the QX50’s cabin a radical departure from that in the current QX50, and appears to be a carbon copy of the concept in terms of layout. Of course, the transition from concept to production requires a few tweaks here and there, the first of which involves adding some cupholders just in front of the gear selector.

From the photo, we also see the SUV will get the same steering wheel design as that found in the Q60 and a dual-screen setup. The latter is controlled likely via a touchscreen and controls mounted on the centre console. Also in the same vicinity is a switch to cycle through the car’s various driving modes and the electronic parking brake.

Infiniti has hinted that its new variable compression ratio 2.0L VC-Turbo engine may make its way into the QX50 when it goes on sale sometime in 2018, although we’ll have to wait for the carmaker to reveal the car in full for more details. Other technologies that are said to feature include autonomous driving systems, likely adopted from Nissan’s ProPILOT.

GALLERY: Infiniti QX50 Concept