Infiniti has finally lifted the cover off its new QX Sport Inspiration concept, following the teaser released earlier this month. The car was unveiled at the brand’s design studio in Beijing in conjunction with this week’s auto show.
As reported, the concept previews the awaited replacement of the outgoing QX70 that has been on the market since 2008. Featuring its bold design scheme as seen on the stunning Q60 Coupe and QX30, the future looks bright for the premium mid-sized SUV.
Starting from the front, the QX Sport Inspiration concept offers a more aggressive take on the current model, with a double-arch grille and a unique headlight design the automaker calls ‘human eye’. It also has sporty air intakes placed on the corner of the bumper, which could be a sign of a meaty power plant under the hood.
The concept’s side profile is characterised by flowing lines and a new interpretation of Infiniti’s trademark crescent-cut pillar design. These are matched with the car’s short overhangs and bulging wheel arches. It will also be interesting to see how the automaker will carry the side air vents behind the front wheels to the finished product. The rear section is striking as well, thanks to the highly-positioned ‘blade’ tail lamps and the twin tail pipe layout.
The cabin seems to focus on personal space, with a driver-focused dashboard design. Front occupants are separated by a high transmission tunnel while the sleek dashboard features a tablet-style touch display. We also see what seems to be a fully digital instrument cluster à la Audi’s virtual cockpit. The flat-bottomed steering wheel and bucket seats are cool and all but don’t expect Infiniti to include them in the production model.
- New concept explores Infiniti’s vision for a premium mid-sized SUV
- Inspired by Infiniti’s “Powerful Elegance” form language
- World debut at Beijing Auto Show on April 25
Hong Kong/Beijing – Infiniti has revealed its daring new QX Sport Inspiration concept car at a design-themed media preview, three days before the car makes its public world premiere at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.
The QX Sport Inspiration was unveiled at Infiniti’s Design studio in Beijing, one of the company’s four global design studios.
Infiniti President, Roland Krueger, said: “The QX Sport Inspiration is a statement of intent from Infiniti, showcasing a daring design philosophy and a demonstration of our capabilities in the mid-size SUV segment.”
Inspired by Infiniti’s acclaimed “Powerful Elegance” design philosophy – characterized by flowing sculptural lines and strong, muscular proportions – the QX Sport Inspiration lays down markers for the brand’s vision of a next-generation, mid-size premium SUV. Featuring the brand’s signature design cues and an array of innovative details, the concept boasts a powerful, purposeful exterior with an elegance that is uniquely Infiniti.
Sophisticated craftsmanship and flowing lines distinguish the concept’s spacious and beautifully appointed interior, which follows Infiniti’s “driver-centric, passenger-minded” approach to advanced cabin architecture.
Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director, added: “The QX Sport Inspiration expresses power and purpose through what we describe as its ‘proportional clarity,’ with an elegance that is uniquely Infiniti. The exterior design will appeal to an artistic sensibility. It has a more flowing, natural aesthetic than that evident in traditional premium SUVs.”
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept – which explores the brand’s vision for the design, layout, and engineering of future Infiniti QX models – will make its public debut on April 25 at the first press day of the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.
The Infiniti Design Night, the second design-focused event from the brand ahead of a major Chinese motor show, took place at the Infiniti Design Studio, following a similar highly successful event in Shanghai in April 2015.