Exterior design that expresses power and purpose

The QX Sport Inspiration expresses power and purpose through what we describe as its ‘proportional clarity’, with an elegance that is uniquely INFINITI. The exterior design will appeal to an artistic sensibility. It has a more flowing, natural aesthetic than that evident in traditional premium SUVs.” Alfonso Albaisa, INFINITI Executive Design Director

Inspired by INFINITI’s Powerful Elegance form language, taut lines, short overhangs and muscular haunches endow the QX Sport Inspiration with a purposeful aura that hints at its dynamic capability. The long, smooth hood draws the eye back over the vehicle and the visual weight builds over the car’s haunches to reinforce the ‘lean-forward’ stance.

The concept promises off-road versatility, aided by its raised, 230 mm (9.1 in) ground clearance, as well as the empowering, in-control on-road driving characteristics and cruising comfort that is expected of any INFINITI. The concept features a lean, purposeful form, with a short front overhang and wide stance – total width (excluding rear-view cameras) is approx. 1,900 mm (74.8 in), while length is 4,600 mm (181 in).

INFINITI has launched a number of new models recently which adhere closely to the form and philosophy of concept models – notably the Q30, the QX30 and the Q60. All share a suite of signature design cues that help ensure each is immediately recognizable as an INFINITI.

The QX Sport Inspiration evolves these signature design elements, including a new interpretation of INFINITI’s hallmark ‘crescent-cut’ D-pillar, where the leading edge of the crescent is raised – echoing that of the acclaimed Q80 Inspiration Concept. Bringing added emphasis to this feature, the curvature of the D-pillars is mirrored in the lines of the rear hatch window.

In profile the bodywork tapers down from the concept’s roof (1,650 mm – 64.9 in – maximum height) toward a rear hatch that has been angled to accentuate the vehicle’s ‘lean-forward’, coupe-like silhouette.

At the front, the line from the top of INFINITI’s familiar double-arch grille extends through the sharp, high-performance, focused ‘human-eye’ headlamps, with new chrome detail for its Paris appearance. The ‘human-eye’ element is another INFINITI signature design theme and, contoured around the edge of the hood, forms a character line that runs over the wide, flared front wheel arches and along the flanks to the tapered rear.

The QX Sport Inspiration on display at the Mondial de l’Automobile, is finished in a sleek matt grey and fitted with 22-inch aluminum alloy wheels – larger than the 21-inch wheels seen on the concept for its Beijing world premiere. The wheels are finished in a new bronze color that is also applied to the brake calipers, and wrapped in low profile 285/45 R22 tires. The new wheels hint at the car’s dynamic potential while adding to the concept’s daring design.

Three-dimensional ‘blade’-shaped tail lamps taper inwards to the center of the hatchback panel, echoing the organic forms apparent elsewhere on the exterior.

QX Sport Inspiration Dimensions (approx.)

Overall length

4,600 mm

Overall width

-without door-mounted cameras

1,900 mm

Overall height

1,650 mm

Wheelbase

2,800 mm

Ground clearance

230 mm