Infiniti Gives QX Sport Inspiration Concept Love in Beijing
Crossover Previews Future Infiniti Midsizer/QX70 Replacement
Infiniti brought a new crossover concept to the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, showing a preview of the brand’s high-riding future. Dubbed the QX Sport Inspiration, the concept adopts all of the brand’s current design cues, while adding some of its own to keep things fresh.
Unlike the QX50 crossover, which a production version of the concept may eventually replace, the QX Sport Inspiration is short and boxy. In fact, its 110.2-inch wheelbase is 3.2 inches shorter than that of the QX50, and the Inspiration is 5.7 inches shorter than the QX50 overall, with an additional 2.6 inches of ground clearance for a total of 9.1. But its stubbier form factor doesn’t equate to less aggressive styling, as the Inspiration’s wheels-at-the-corners stance gives it the aura of a champion weightlifter against the QX50’s leaner, sprinter’s-build physique.
Design features further that comparison, with bold wheel arches and bulging, sculpted bodysides adorning the Inspiration. A big vent aft of the front wheels likely serves no mechanical purpose, but its heat-extractor looks pay big dividends on the show floor. And the Infiniti-spec double-arch grille and “crescent-cut” C-pillar look appropriately Japanese, like the architecture of an upscale Kyoto townhouse.
The interior gets a similarly bespoke treatment, with distinct “zones” for the driver and passengers. The front cabin is decidedly driver-focused, although flowing horizontal lines throughout the cabin connect the driver with his passengers. Floating seats open up space on the floor, promoting an airy feeling that likely won’t make it to production, unfortunately. A black-and-white color motif inside is decidedly modern, looking like a suit of armor from the future, while splashes of saddle leather help warm up the space.
The QX Sport Inspiration’s short front overhang and overall dimensions suggest it might be based on the Q50 sedan’s rear-drive architecture. In terms of overall length, it slots in neatly between the QX30 and QX70, although it’s much higher than either. It’s also wider than both the Q50 and QX50, opening up the interior a bit. Infiniti didn’t announce production plans, but if it can bring the Inspiration to the market with minimal changes, we think it’d be a winning competitor for the style-conscious Acura RDX and Audi Q5.