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Infiniti surges forth with all-electric QX Inspiration

Infiniti surges forth with all...
The Infiniti QX Inspiration is a mid-sized sport utility concept and should be seen as a precursor for the Infiniti brand’s planned fully-electric vehicle, Infiniti says
The Infiniti QX Inspiration is a mid-sized sport utility concept and should be seen as a precursor for the Infiniti brand’s planned fully-electric vehicle, Infiniti says
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The design of the Infiniti QX concept is clearly contemporary with current crossover-SUVs on the road
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The design of the Infiniti QX concept is clearly contemporary with current crossover-SUVs on the road
Large wheels, a flattened rear end, and lots of glass are immediately noticeable touches of the exterior’s design on the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept
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Large wheels, a flattened rear end, and lots of glass are immediately noticeable touches of the exterior’s design on the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept
The Infiniti logo splashes across the fascia where the grille would be if the QX Inspiration concept wasn't all electric
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The Infiniti logo splashes across the fascia where the grille would be if the QX Inspiration concept wasn't all electric
Bulges on the fenders are reminiscent of current Infiniti sedan and small crossover designs, but side paneling on the QX Inspiration concept is more concept car edgy
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Bulges on the fenders are reminiscent of current Infiniti sedan and small crossover designs, but side paneling on the QX Inspiration concept is more concept car edgy
The dual-pane roof is another interesting touch on the QX Inspiration, creating a larger rear spoiler in appearance
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The dual-pane roof is another interesting touch on the QX Inspiration, creating a larger rear spoiler in appearance
Based on a new, dedicated electric vehicle architecture and inspired by Infiniti Japanese DNA, the SUV concept previews a product portfolio which will offer high performance, ultra-low emissions, and range confidence
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Based on a new, dedicated electric vehicle architecture and inspired by Infiniti Japanese DNA, the SUV concept previews a product portfolio which will offer high performance, ultra-low emissions, and range confidence
“The QX Inspiration marks the beginning of a new generation of Infiniti cars and establishes a direct blueprint for the brand’s first electric vehicle," says Infiniti
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“The QX Inspiration marks the beginning of a new generation of Infiniti cars and establishes a direct blueprint for the brand’s first electric vehicle," says Infiniti
The Infiniti QX Inspiration is a mid-sized sport utility concept and should be seen as a precursor for the Infiniti brand’s planned fully-electric vehicle, Infiniti says
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The Infiniti QX Inspiration is a mid-sized sport utility concept and should be seen as a precursor for the Infiniti brand’s planned fully-electric vehicle, Infiniti says
Inside, the QX Inspiration concept’s design is all futuristic minimalist with ultra-thin seats and a rectangular steering wheel
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Inside, the QX Inspiration concept’s design is all futuristic minimalist with ultra-thin seats and a rectangular steering wheel
Every element of modern sci-fi is thrown in, it seems, including the not terribly comfortable-looking rear seat bench in the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept
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Every element of modern sci-fi is thrown in, it seems, including the not terribly comfortable-looking rear seat bench in the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept
Teased earlier this month, the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept debuted at the Detroit auto show, starting with this silhouette
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Teased earlier this month, the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept debuted at the Detroit auto show, starting with this silhouette
A clay model began the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept's journey into physical form
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A clay model began the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept's journey into physical form
Design sketches and form studies were the start of the QX Inspiration concept's journey to Detroit
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Design sketches and form studies were the start of the QX Inspiration concept's journey to Detroit
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Infiniti has debuted the QX Inspiration concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The SUV features a fully electric powertrain and introduces, Infiniti says, the new form language for an "electrified era."

The Infiniti QX Inspiration mid-sized sport utility concept was teased earlier in January and should be seen as a precursor for the brand's planned fully-electric vehicle, the company says. That vehicle should be coming soon with this design study as its predecessor.

"The QX Inspiration marks the beginning of a new generation of Infiniti cars and establishes a direct blueprint for the brand's first electric vehicle," said Christian Muenier, President of Infiniti. "Based on a new, dedicated electric vehicle architecture and inspired by Infiniti Japanese DNA, the SUV concept previews a product portfolio which will offer high performance, ultra-low emissions, and range confidence."

Large wheels, a flattened rear end, and lots of glass are immediately noticeable touches of the exterior’s design on the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept
Large wheels, a flattened rear end, and lots of glass are immediately noticeable touches of the exterior’s design on the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept

The design of the Infiniti QX concept is clearly contemporary with current crossover-SUVs on the road, though a few changes are obvious. The front grille, for example, is deleted in favor of an enclosed face with edges and lines to hint at a bumper and fog lamp bezels. The Infiniti logo splashes across the fascia where the grille would be.

Bulges on the fenders are reminiscent of current Infiniti sedan and small crossover designs, but side paneling on the QX Inspiration concept is more concept car edgy.

The dual-pane roof is another interesting touch, creating a larger rear spoiler in appearance. Large wheels, a flattened rear end, and lots of glass are the other immediately noticeable touches of the exterior's design on the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept.

Every element of modern sci-fi is thrown in, it seems, including the not terribly comfortable-looking rear seat bench in the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept
Every element of modern sci-fi is thrown in, it seems, including the not terribly comfortable-looking rear seat bench in the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept

Inside, the concept's design is all futuristic minimalist with ultra-thin seats and a rectangular steering wheel. Every element of modern sci-fi is thrown in, it seems, including the not terribly comfortable-looking rear seat bench. Infiniti says it's "hand-crafted" using "traditional techniques" and materials chosen for their "Japanese sensuality."

Infiniti didn't give any details on the powertrain components, underpinnings, or other technical aspects of the QX Inspiration. It's meant as a design study only.

Source: Infiniti

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3 comments
guzmanchinky
I can't wait for every car to have an "electric" option. I think that would be a great way forward. Those that have garages and who would be able to utilize an EV can have the same car as anyone else. I just bought an E400 convertible. I would have loved to have it as an EV.
Derek Howe
Front is decent, side is good, back is very nice. Interior...crap.
YuraG
Despite his recent travails, Carlos Ghosn will be remembered as a great strategist. One of his flaws though is that he did not push a competitor to Tesla under Infinity brand. The tech had been tried and proven on Nissan LEAF, why didn’t he go upmarket? He had just to upgrade the battery to a liquid cooled and would have had a money-printing machine. Well, he would at least make Infinity stand out in a good way. Wish him all the best in trying to get through the Japanese INjustice system which is in no better shape that Nissan had been before he got behind the wheel.