Infiniti has been doing many design explorations into its next-generation sport utility vehicles. From what we’ve seen so far, Infiniti’s future in compact and midsize SUV segments looks very, very bright.
Unveiled at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, the automaker’s latest SUV concept is the QX Sport Inspiration — a concept that could hint at an upcoming replacement for the current QX50.
While the concept is characterized as a midsize, it’s actually five inches shorter than the already compact QX50. Despite basic measurements, Infiniti hasn’t released too many technical details about the vehicle, including specs around powertrain and technology.
What details Infiniti has said about the concept is that it boasts a “driver-centric, passenger-minded” cabin that’s also incredibly airy, thanks to a a panoramic glass roof. There’s also a dial on the center console for switching driving modes, and paddle-shifters are also included for manual gear changing. There’s even a digital driver display and a tablet-like infotainment system.
“The QX Sport Inspiration comes at a time when Infiniti continues to expand its product portfolio globally – into new and popular segments,” Infiniti Vice President product strategy Francois Bancon said in a statement.
“We design concept cars with true production potential, and the QX Sport Inspiration offers a vision of how Infiniti could bring something exciting and new to the mid-sized SUV segment.”
If this new concept is indeed a replacement of for the aging QX50, Infiniti would be wise to get this into production soon. The segment is brimming with formidable competitors that include the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Mercedes GLC, to name a few. Even Volvo is preparing its all-new compact crossover as well. If Infiniti gets this sleek in the lineup, it should no doubt keep drivers heading toward its showrooms in droves.