Infiniti looks to a tough but smooth future with the QX Sport Inspiration concept

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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept is said to be influenced by Infiniti's "Powerful Elegance" design approach

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Infiniti has followed up its Q30 and QX30 SUV concepts with a new QX Sport Inspiration concept. As with those earlier examples, the carmaker has used the QX Sport Inspiration as a means of exploring its design vision for a premium mid-sized SUV and has included some features that it will use in production.

Measuring 1,900 mm (74.8 in) wide, 4,600 mm (181 in) long and 1,650 mm (65 in) high, it has been designed to have a powerful- and muscular-looking exterior. Despite this, the vehicle's curves are smooth, tapering towards the rear. It has a ground clearance of 230 mm (9 in) and sills on both sides of the car that act as a step. In addition, Infiniti has included what it calls its a reinterpretation of its "hallmark crescent-cut D-pillar."

Inside, Infiniti describes the concept as having a "driver-centric, passenger-minded" cabin. It claims a spacious interior with a predominantly black and white palette and a panoramic glass roof aimed at giving a sense of lightness and airiness. The gradated roof color also provides some shade for rear seat occupants when the weather is sunny.

Among the features for drivers is a dial on the center console for switching driving modes and paddle-shifters around the steering wheel for changing gear. A touchscreen panel between the front seats, meanwhile, allows rear-seat passengers to control their own ventilation.

There's no word on when, or even if, the QX Sport Inspiration will go into production, but the concept is on display at the Beijing Auto Show until May 4.

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