Infiniti is showing us what its future looks like. The automaker just unveiled its QX Sport Inspiration Concept at the Beijing Auto Show. Infiniti says it represents the new styling direction we can expect for its lineup.
The concept is based on what Infiniti calls its “Powerful Elegance” design language which you could say is both sculptural and sporty at the same time.
Infiniti is really emphasizing four things with the concept. One is the front end’s double-arch grill with “human eye” headlights on the front. The grill runs over the wide, flared front wheel arches and along the flanks to the tapered rear. Infiniti is also points out the sculptured bodyside surfacing, its crescent-cut pillar and fluid rear aspect that gives its a sporty look.
It has some cool features, too. The QX Sport Inspiration replaces rear-view side mirrors with cameras. It also has a panoramic glass roof, which extends from the header rail to the rear hatch.
The roof features a Cosmic Chrome gradation, visually blending the glasshouse into the rear roof spoiler, creating a distinctive aesthetic feature that also helps manage temperature within the cabin.
Inside, Infiniti calls it a spacious cabin with “zones” for both the driver and passenger. The floating front and rear seats – suspended to allow more space on the floor of the cabin – and the generous 2,800 mm (110.2 in) wheelbase allow all passengers to travel in comfort. There’s a dial on the center console for switching driver modes and paddle-shifters around the steering wheel for changing gears.
A touchscreen panel between the front seats, meanwhile, allows rear-seat passengers to control their own ventilation.
Infiniti is expected to use the concept as a model for its next-generation midsize SUV. Design elements could also show up in the QX70, which will get a redesign in about two years. The smaller QX50 could really use some of this new styling, as it hasn’t been redesigned since 2007.
Infiniti has launched a number of new models recently which stick closely to the concepts – the Q30, the QX30 and the Q60.