Infiniti Electric QX Inspiration SUV, With Roots In Japanese Design

The Infiniti QX Inspiration is an electric mid-size SUV concept revealed at the 2019 NAIASInfiniti

The design of the Infiniti QX concept is clearly contemporary with current crossover-SUVs on the road(Credit: Infiniti)

This is the QX Inspiration, an all-electric mid-size SUV by Infiniti. Debuted at the North American International Auto Show today, the concept previews the marque’s first electric production car. The Japanese premium brand has pledged its commitment to electrification by 2021. Infiniti has said it will deliver a family of electric, e-Power and performance hybrid clean-powered vehicles that promise an engaging drive, competitive battery range and a unique aesthetic.

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(Credit: Infiniti)

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 logo splashes across the fascia where the grille would be if the QX Inspiration concept wasn’t all electric(Credit: Infiniti)

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.

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(Credit: Infiniti)

“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.”

The dual-pane roof is another interesting touch on the QX Inspiration, creating a larger rear spoiler in appearance(Credit: Infiniti)

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.

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(Credit: Infiniti)

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 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(Credit: Infiniti)

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(Credit: Infiniti)

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

Teased earlier this month, the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept debuted at the Detroit auto show, starting with this silhouette(Credit: Infiniti)

A clay model began the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept’s journey into physical form(Credit: Infiniti)

Design sketches and form studies were the start of the QX Inspiration concept’s journey to Detroit(Credit: Infiniti)

Inside, the QX Inspiration concept’s design is all futuristic minimalist with ultra-thin seats and a rectangular steering wheel(Credit: Infiniti)

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