Previewing the brand’s electrified future, Infiniti has unveiled a new mid-sized SUV concept car at the Detroit Auto Show.
Based on a new, dedicated electric vehicle architecture, the all-wheel drive “QX Inspiration” serves as a precursor to the brand’s first fully-electric vehicle that will offer “high performance, ultra-low emissions, and range confidence”.
In terms of styling, the SUV’s exterior is characterised by straight lines and sudden creases, taking hints from the 2018 Q Inspiration saloon concept as well as the Prototype 9 and Prototype 10 design studies.
Infiniti’s design team, which, since 2017, has been headed by Karim Habib, says the QX Inspiration concept – both in terms of its exterior and interior design – explores and actively draws upon the company’s Japanese roots more so than any car created during the company’s 30-year existence.
“The new concept draws on the Japanese spatial concept of ‘Ma’, demonstrating how open spaces between lines create tension and builds anticipation,” explain the designers. “The development of new electrified vehicle platforms enables the creation of spacious, lounge-like interiors influenced by ‘omotenashi’, the Japanese approach to hospitality”.
“There’s a very natural coalescence of technology and hospitality in Japan, and this is something very appropriate for Infiniti. We want the technology in our cars to create an experience that seamlessly enables and enhances the drive, while also making life comfortable and natural. That’s what inspires us, and we worked with those principles when designing QX Inspiration,” adds Habib.