Infiniti has premiered its daring new QX Sport Inspiration concept car at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show yesterday. Prior to its auto show debut, 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. This concept measures 4,600mm (length) x 1,900mm (width) x 1,650mm (height) and sits on a 2,800mm wheelbase with a ground clearance of an off-road-worthy 230mm.
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. The QX Sport Inspiration stands out in its segment with its taut lines, muscular haunches, high visual center of gravity, long bonnet and raked, coupe-like silhouette.
Immediately recognizable as an Infiniti, the QX Sport Inspiration is inspired by Infiniti’s ‘Powerful Elegance’ form language and bears the brand’s design hallmarks – including the signature double-arch grille, focused ‘human eye’ headlamps, ‘crescent-cut’ pillar and masculine, fluid body sculpting.
Flowing lines and advanced craftsmanship characterize the spacious and beautifully appointed interior, which follows Infiniti’s ‘driver-centric, passenger-minded’ approach to cabin architecture. The interior’s color palette, predominantly black and white with flashes of the hide’s natural tan color is striking, yet harmoniously blended through careful use of line, form, and texture.
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.”
Infiniti operates a global network of design studios in Japan, the United Kingdom, China and the USA. The company’s design network takes inspiration from every region of the world, with each studio drawing on the characteristics of its respective region and providing a window into the needs and desires of its customers.