CARS.COM — When the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show kicks off a wave of major U.S. automotive exhibitions this month, it promises new and redesigned cars that lead off with the redesigned Jeep Wrangler and now add a new Infiniti hatchback or SUV.
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In an invitation to a media preview on Nov. 28, Infiniti released a rough profile sketch for the global debut of what it calls “the most advanced Infiniti in our history.” The rendering shows a bulging hood and roofline that descends toward the rear window — but not directly into it, as is the trend on so many coupe-ish sedans.
That suggests a rakish SUV or hatchback, and a redesigned QX50 seems a good bet. The current model, a smallish SUV, has roots that date back to December 2007. For the L.A. show, a redesign based on the QX50 Concept revealed during last year’s auto-show circuit makes the most sense.
Infiniti hinted in December 2016 that the production SUV would have the ProPilot suite of self-driving features from parent company Nissan, and also hinted that its new variable-compression turbo four-cylinder could fit under the hood. Such technologies would cement Infiniti’s claim that this is, in fact, pretty darn advanced.
We’ll know a lot more from the L.A. auto show on Nov. 28, so stay tuned for our up-close impressions.
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