The next generation of the highly successful QX50 has not yet
been presented, or perhaps is in the form of the Infiniti QX
Sport Inspiration Concept. Infiniti chose Beijing to launch
their latest crossover concept for a reason. Crossovers
have become the hottest cake in the automotive market. From the
States, Europe and all the way to China, demand for these
automobiles is growing exponentially. However, the Chinese
market has a bigger appetite for them than anywhere else on
this globe. As the country’s economy expands, more and more
middle-class citizens are turning over to luxury crossovers as
their preferred mode of transport. Those who cannot afford
foreign crossovers turn to locally produced models. I tell you
it is “crossover crazy” in China.
Back to Infiniti, their new Concept previews the future design
language of Infiniti mid-size SUVs. The vehicle shows
Infiniti’s daring design philosophy in the mid-size SUV
segment. A sale of SUVs and crossovers is projected to grow by
over 12% this year and the automaker plans to tap on this, as
their models are quite popular in China. Despite China being an
attractive market, Infiniti still keeps tabs on the North
America which is Infiniti’s largest market.
Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept Exterior
The new Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept is an expression
of power with a purpose. Infiniti Executive Design Director,
Alfonso Albaisa reckons that the exterior bespeaks of
“proportional clarity”. This clarity gives the vehicle a
flowing look not common with traditional SUVs. The vehicle
stretches 181.1 inches long, 74.8 inches wide and stands at a
height of 64.9 inches. It has a wheelbase that spans 110.2
inches and a ground clearance of 9.1 inches. Its look is very
muscular and is further enhanced by a wide stance and short
overhangs which give it a coupe-like profile.
This exceptional design starts with a prominent double-arch
grille which is flanked by a pair of LED headlights which look
like human eyes. There are also large vertical air vents that
channel cooling air to the brakes. To improve airflow, there
are similar air vents at the rear which smoothens turbulent air
as it exits from the belly of the vehicle.
On the sides, you will notice a great deal of character lines
as well as a blacked out B-pillar. Flush door handles complete
the attractive look of the vehicle. Its A-pillars are slim and
look as if they are floating. Side-mounted rearview cameras are
mounted on these pillars. At the back, the Infiniti QX Sport
Inspiration Concept features a diffuser which is integrated
with two exhaust outlets. The rear also features human eye-like
LED taillight clusters that mimic the headlights. In addition,
there is a subtle deck-lid spoiler.
Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept Interior
The interior is also captivating just like the exterior. Once
inside, one immediately notices its “floating seats”. The
vehicle can accommodate five passengers comfortably but
Infiniti is not building this vehicle to be a mass hauler
rather an epitome of comfort, convenience and ultimate luxury.
As such, the model accommodates only 4 passengers to give each
passenger his/her own space.
The seats are wrapped in premium leather. At the front, there
is a futuristic dash. The center stack features few buttons as
most functions are operated via its huge central display
screen. There are also steering wheel controls for its huge
instruments display which is placed directly before the driver.
A two-tone theme is used throughout the cabin i.e. black which
resembles body armor contrasted by bright white surfaces. Most
of the features such as the center stack, armrest, cargo cover
and lower part of the dash are wrapped in black saddle leather.
The upper part of the dash is wrapped in white leather which
extends the two- tone color theme of the cabin. Its
flat-bottomed steering wheel, on the other hand, is wrapped in
Nubuck leather while the headliner features ultra-suede
leather. A silver contrast stitching is used to bond the black
and white leather surfaces.
Overall, the dash is driver-centric, a feature enhanced by its
climate controls embedded on the air vents while dial on the
center console allow the driver to switch between drive modes.
There are also metal paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Two
monitors are mounted on the A-pillar to display live feed views
from the rear-facing cameras which function as its side
Engine Specs and performance
It is common to see automaker showcase concepts without
disclosing the engines that drive them. This is such a case.
However, based on the overall size of the model, our engineers
believe that the concept could be hiding one of the three
engines used in the 2017
Infiniti Q60 coupe.
The first probable engine is the 3.0 L unit which is tuned in
two ways. The engine delivers 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque or
400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The concept could also be
harboring the turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine that is
rated at 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The transmission system is also a mystery. Our engineers are of
the view that the vehicle will use the same 7-speed automatic
system offered on the Q60. A 6-speed manual gearbox is
probable. The model will be offered in all-wheel drive.
Price and Release date
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept looks very aggressive
which might not be entirely reflected on the production model.
However, as it is, the model looks ready for production.
Since it is just a concept, the automaker didn’t release
any information about its prices. Further, Infiniti didn’t say
when a production model will hit dealerships but I hope it is