As the 2017 model year winds down and we look ahead to 2018, we’re getting a bit impatient. After all, we have two 2018 INFINITI models on offer at our INFINITI dealership near Carlsbad, but we’re still waiting on the rest of the lineup. There’s one SUV in particular that we can’t wait to see at Kearny Mesa INFINITI: the 2018 INFINITI QX50

What makes the coming model year such a big deal for this luxury crossover? Here’s a hint: Car and Driver calls it one of the 2018 models worth waiting for, and we’re inclined to agree. It’s redesigned from the ground up with some features that aren’t just new to this vehicle, or to INFINITI; at least one is an industry first.

That’s the 268 horsepower Miller cycle engine under the hood. Using some brilliant engineering, INFINITI engineers have built the first production engine that’s capable of variable compression. By company estimates, it makes the four-cylinder engine 27 percent more efficient than a six-cylinder engine with the same horsepower.

That’s not all. There’ll be a new platform that should be stronger, stiffer, and lighter. The engine will now be transverse-mounted, putting more weight over the drive wheels (for better grip) and allowing for a different layout than would be possible with a longitudinal engine.

We fully expect to hear more about the technology included in the 2018 INFINITI QX50 as its release date draws closer. In the meantime, watch this space for more information on this and other 2018 models as they arrive at your San Diego INFINITI dealership. Call Kearny Mesa INFINITI — (858) 573-1700 — or stop by 4670 Convoy St in San Diego, CA today!

PS: Don’t forget we still have plenty of 2017 INFINITI models and plenty of certified pre-owned inventory, too!