The INFINITI QX Sport Inspiration is an elegant and powerful expression of progressive SUV design. Laying down markers for future INFINITI QX models, the QX Sport Inspiration explores the brand's vision for a next-generation, premium mid-size SUV. The concept makes its European premiere at the 2016 Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile), and includes several new design elements.
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, as well as new dark brown leather for the Paris Motor Show – is striking, yet harmoniously blended through careful use of line, form, and texture.
With the QX Sport Inspiration, INFINITI has started to explore the potential to expand its portfolio in the mid-size SUV market – one of the world's largest and fastest-growing premium segments.
INFINITI boasts a strong history in SUV design – the pioneering INFINITI FX45, launched in 2003, set the template for sporting SUVs over the following decade. Regarded as the world's first mid-size multi-purpose sports vehicle, the FX is still considered an SUV design icon today. In an increasingly crowded and popular market segment, the QX Sport Inspiration seeks to build on INFINITI's SUV heritage and generate further excitement for the brand.
The concept promises off-road versatility, aided by its raised, 230 mm (9.1 in) ground clearance, as well as the empowering, in-control on-road driving characteristics and cruising comfort that is expected of any INFINITI. The concept features a lean, purposeful form, with a short front overhang and wide stance – total width (excluding rear-view cameras) is approx. 1,900 mm (74.8 in), while length is 4,600 mm (181 in).