The dar­ing SUV vi­sion from In­finiti

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

The IN­FINITI QX Sport In­spi­ra­tion is an el­e­gant and pow­er­ful ex­pres­sion of pro­gres­sive SUV de­sign. Lay­ing down mark­ers for fu­ture IN­FINITI QX mod­els, the QX Sport In­spi­ra­tion ex­plores the brand’s vi­sion for a next-gen­er­a­tion, pre­mium mid-size SUV. The con­cept makes its Euro­pean premiere at the 2016 Paris Mo­tor Show (Mon­dial de l’Au­to­mo­bile), and in­cludes sev­eral new de­sign el­e­ments.

The QX Sport In­spi­ra­tion stands out in its seg­ment with its taut lines, mus­cu­lar haunches, high vis­ual cen­ter of grav­ity, long bon­net and raked, coupe-like sil­hou­ette. Im­me­di­ately rec­og­niz­able as an IN­FINITI, the QX Sport In­spi­ra­tion is in­spired by IN­FINITI’s ‘Pow­er­ful El­e­gance’ form lan­guage and bears the brand’s de­sign hall­marks - in­clud­ing the sig­na­ture dou­ble-arch grille, fo­cused ‘hu­man eye’ head­lamps, ‘cres­cent-cut’ pil­lar and mas­cu­line, fluid body sculpt­ing.

Flow­ing lines and ad­vanced crafts­man­ship char­ac­ter­ize the spa­cious and beau­ti­fully ap­pointed in­te­rior, which fol­lows IN­FINITI’s ‘driver-cen­tric, pas­sen­ger-minded’ ap­proach to cabin ar­chi­tec­ture. The in­te­rior’s color pal­ette - pre­dom­i­nantly black and white with flashes of the hide’s nat­u­ral tan color, as well as new dark brown leather for the Paris Mo­tor Show - is strik­ing, yet har­mo­niously blended through care­ful use of line, form, and tex­ture. “The QX Sport In­spi­ra­tion is a state­ment of in­tent from IN­FINITI, show­cas­ing a dar­ing de­sign phi­los­o­phy and a demon­stra­tion of our ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the mid-size SUV seg­ment.” Roland Krueger, Pres­i­dent of IN­FINITI

The con­cept prom­ises off-road ver­sa­til­ity, aided by its raised, 230 mm (9.1 in) ground clear­ance, as well as the em­pow­er­ing, in-con­trol on­road 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.

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