At the Paris Motor Show, Infiniti pulled the cover off its QX Sport Inspiration concept, a vehicle the automaker said in a statement will establish “markers for future Infiniti QX models” and explore the “brand’s vision for a next-generation, premium mid-size SUV.”
It actually looks pretty sharp, and in production form could wind up with Infiniti’s supercool new VC-Turbo engine, also revealed in Paris.
With the QX Sport Inspiration, Infiniti said that it is pursuing “‘Powerful Elegance’ form language,” consisting of a “signature double-arch grille, focused ‘human eye’ headlamps, ‘crescent-cut’ pillar and masculine, fluid body sculpting.”
Crossover and SUVs are turning into the segment where designers look to make their mark, as fewer automakers maintain sports-car programs. Sales growth has been strong with SUVs, so 2016 will see a number of new vehicles hit the streets, including Jaguar’s F-Pace, Bentley’s Bentayga, and Maserati’s Levante.
It isn’t a bad canvas to work with, given that SUVs – even midsize models – are fairly large. Designers have also been incorporating sedan and sport-car elements into SUV design, creating some hybrid coupé-styling touches, such as the QX Sport Inspiration’s “sloping roofline,” as Infiniti described it.