Efficient vehicle packaging, merging technology with craftsmanship

The Q Inspiration interior is reduced to a minimalist expression of wellbeing and comfort, and strives to create a warm and uncompromisingly modern atmosphere, like one so often finds in Tokyo residential architecture. The purpose being to enable users in a new era of connectivity, while simultaneously enriching the driving experience with materials of the best quality, crafted by the hands of the artist.
- Karim Habib, INFINITI Executive Design Director

Concise and minimalist interior

INFINITI Q Inspiration Concept: Power beyond convention

The Q Inspiration’s cabin follows a minimalist approach, wrapping occupants in a serene, spacious and comfortable environment. Concise and clean in its execution, the concept explores a modern aesthetic, delivering a calming, enjoyable space for passengers.

While minimalist, the human-centric cabin remains innately comfortable. This approach reduces the ‘noise’ of the interior, helping the driver to ‘rediscover’ their enjoyment of driving, focusing entirely on the road ahead without unnecessary distractions.

The car integrates passengers into the cabin with a human-machine interface (HMI). With wellbeing and relaxation at its core, the Q Inspiration’s HMI – a touchscreen for each passenger – offers a ‘meditation-regeneration’ mode. This minimizes the level of information displayed, and offers guided meditation to help occupants leave any stress behind when they start a journey. The car can also monitor passenger biometrics.

Drivers and passengers can call up digital content on their independent touchscreens. Passengers in different seats can enjoy a favorite film or show, catch up on the day’s news, or sit back and stream music as the world goes by – without distracting others in the cabin. Like all INFINITI cars, however, the cabin remains sufficiently isolated from the outside world to enable easy conversation when the screens are off.

Intelligent packaging thanks to VC-Turbo powertrain

The intelligently-packaged four-cylinder VC-Turbo has liberated INFINITI’s designers from the constraints of traditional high-powered engine architecture. With a more compact engine under the hood, designers have realized a spacious cabin within the same footprint of a mid-size sedan, with a shorter hood and A-pillars pushed further forwards than is typical of the segment. The arcing roofline liberates valuable headroom for front and rear occupants.

Inside, efficient interior packaging creates space for four passengers to relax in total comfort. While the Q Inspiration is similar in size to existing mid-size sedans, interior space for each passenger is on par with larger luxury sedans. Each seat features a floating touchscreen, positioned to allow occupants to freely cross their legs in comfort. The floating center console maximizes leg room, paired with thin-frame ‘zero gravity’ seats, designed to minimize fatigue on long journeys. Pillarless rear-hinged doors and low sills make it easy for passengers to get in and out. The driveshaft providing power to the rear wheels is positioned to create a flat cabin floor, offering additional space.

The Q Inspiration’s cabin follows a minimalist approach, wrapping occupants in a serene, spacious and comfortable environment.

A shorter hood, A-pillars pushed further forwards than is typical of the segment, and the arcing roofline liberate valuable cabin space for both front and rear occupants.

A shorter hood, A-pillars pushed further forwards than is typical of the segment, and the arcing roofline liberate valuable cabin space for both front and rear occupants.

Merging technology and craftsmanship

The Q Inspiration Concept marries cutting-edge technology with modern twists on traditional craftsmanship, creating a cabin with a bespoke, minimalist appearance.

The dashboard is trimmed in carefully-treated kabazakura wood, with an authentic, highly-tactile matte finish whose grain is still detectable to the touch, thanks to a delicate application of clear-coat protection. Kabazakura is a member of the birch family. As the wood extends rearwards from the front of the cabin, along the top of the doors, it merges with slashed white leather. The seats, center console and doors are trimmed in soft white leather, finished with INFINITI’s own patented ‘dot-quilting’, for an informal, ‘unbuttoned’ twist on the traditional buttoned-down diamond patterns of a Chesterfield sofa. The white leather of the seats is lined with a flash of coral orange leather, matching the coral highlights of the aluminum alloy wheels. Black leather extends to the floor and over the far reaches of the digital dashboard.

The hand-crafted interior of the Q Inspiration is matched with unobtrusive technologies for a contemporary overall appearance. The dark grey of the cabin’s birch wood trim disguises the digital black of the flowing HMI running the width of the dashboard. Metallic trim lines the trailing edges of the dashboard, while soft, subtle lighting illuminates certain elements of the cabin, such as the arm-rests, steering wheel and ProPILOT controls.

The interior invites the passenger to explore and discover infinite layers of intricate details. For example, the inside door pockets are lined with a ‘Nishijin-ori’ material, which includes golden washi paper shreds woven with silk threads.  Not only is this material an expression of true sophistication and luxury, it also acts as a hi-tech sensor enabling the passenger to switch on and adjust the pocket lighting.

The interior of the Q Inspiration offers hints to the future of INFINITI interior cabins, integrated with new entertainment, convenience and safety technologies.