SUVs and crossovers are increasingly important to automakers worldwide, and Infiniti will show its plans for future models with the QX Sport Inspiration concept. On display at the Beijing auto show, the company says the QX Sport Inspiration “explores Infiniti’s vision for a premium mid-sized SUV.”
Like the previous QX80 Inspiration sedan concept, the QX Sport builds upon Infiniti’s Powerful Elegance design language. At 181.1 inches long and 64.9 inches tall, it has low, rakish proportions, a visual trick enhanced by striking creases and character lines that run the length of the car. It is, overall, not too big a departure from current Infiniti SUV styling language, with a sloping roof, the company’s signature crescent-cut kinked rear pillar, and a prominent roof spoiler.
Up front, Infiniti’s usual large grille opening sits between swept-back triangular headlights, while strakes on the hood are intended to transmit visions of sportiness. Ultimately, Infiniti says the QX Sport is supposed to signal the proportions and stance of a coupe, rather than a crossover, though the high beltline and chunky fender cladding betray its true aspirations.
The 2+2 cabin surrounds the driver with all he or she needs to, well, drive: A tall center console separates driver and passenger, while a sporty D-shaped steering sits ahead of fully digital instruments. There’s also an infotainment display atop the dashboard. High-quality materials include an ultra-suede headliner, real metal shift paddles, and various leathers with silver stitching. A panoramic sunroof lets in plenty of sunlight but has shading to keep rear-seat passengers from being blinded or scorched on sunny days.
There is no mention of powertrain options or of when a model like the QX Sport Inspiration would come to market. Given that Infiniti says it previews a “premium mid-size SUV,” this concept most likely points toward the next version of the QX70 (previously known as the FX.) For now, take a look at the stunning concept car in the gallery below.