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

Infiniti looks to a tough but ...
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept is said to be influenced by Infiniti's "Powerful Elegance" design approach
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept is said to be influenced by Infiniti's "Powerful Elegance" design approach
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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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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept is said to be influenced by Infiniti's "Powerful Elegance" design approach
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept measures 4,600 mm (181 in) long
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept measures 4,600 mm (181 in) long
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has a ground clearance of 230 mm (9 in)
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has a ground clearance of 230 mm (9 in)
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept measures 1,900 mm (74.8 in) wide
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept measures 1,900 mm (74.8 in) wide
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has a height of 1,650 mm (65 in)
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has a height of 1,650 mm (65 in)
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has a wheelbase of 2,800 mm (110 in)
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has a wheelbase of 2,800 mm (110 in)
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept is designed to have a powerful- and muscular-looking exterior
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept is designed to have a powerful- and muscular-looking exterior
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept is aimed at exploring the carmaker's future vision
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept is aimed at exploring the carmaker's future vision
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has flared front wheel arches
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has flared front wheel arches
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has a large front grille
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has a large front grille
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has smooth tapering curves
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has smooth tapering curves
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has low profile headlights
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has low profile headlights
The curves of the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept taper toward the rear
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The curves of the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept taper toward the rear
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has large exhausts set into the rear
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has large exhausts set into the rear
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has what Infiniti calls its "hallmark crescent-cut D-pillar"
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has what Infiniti calls its "hallmark crescent-cut D-pillar"
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has sills on both sides of the car that act as a step
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has sills on both sides of the car that act as a step
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has vents set into its front
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept has vents set into its front
The interior of the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept is designed to be spacious
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The interior of the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept is designed to be spacious
The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept is said to have a "driver-centric, passenger-minded" cabin
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The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept is said to have a "driver-centric, passenger-minded" cabin
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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.

Sources: Infiniti, Infiniti QX Sport News

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2 comments
minivini
Looks like they're giving the Infiniti brand the nod to take the Murano's new design queues to the EX37. Sort of. It also looks like a mashup of the Murano, EX37, JX, and a Range Rover Evoque. We have an EX35 and really like it. I think the EX and FX have very attractive lines and enough performance to keep them interesting and relevant (EX37 and FX45, but the FX35/37 were underpowered for the weight of the FX body). I'm hoping the keep the lines of the EX smooth and flowing while bringing a few visuals over from the newest Murano. I really like where Nissan went with that and the newest Mazima. P
mediabeing
On first glance at the vehicle, I thought I was looking at a futuristic Ford Mustang concept. Lol.