Concept Cars

QX Sport Inspiration is an evolutionary step in Infiniti design

It may be a concept, but it shouldn't stay that way for too much longer.

That new D-pillar design gives the QX Sport Inspiration concept a much more coupe-like appearance.

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Concept cars often give the world a thickly veiled look at the future of a company's design language. Rarely, however, do automakers basically come out and say, "This will become x." With the QX Sport Inspiration concept, Infiniti told us to expect something similar from a mid-size SUV in the near future.

The QX Sport Inspiration will eventually move much of its design over to a production-spec, mid-size SUV. The most obvious changes to its current language includes thinner, more elegantly arranged lights and a massively redesigned D-pillar, which takes Infiniti's pillar and moves the trim kink closer to the roofline. It's sleeker and more coupe-like, which is a general trend across the industry.

The interior is out of this world. It defines distinct zones for driver and passenger, thanks to a massive center console. The gauge cluster appears similar to Audi's Virtual Cockpit, which replaces traditional gauges with a configurable screen. As is expected with both luxury cars and concepts, there's a whole bunch of fancy leather and wood trim.

Of course, the interior is most likely to change when it moves to production, but the takeaway from the concept's interior is that Infiniti wants to place the focus on the driver. That's a far cry from many other new concepts, which attempt to give the passenger more to do, especially as concepts gradually add more and more autonomous features.

The QX Sport Inspiration doesn't really have a specific local aesthetic to it, as it was a combo effort from Infiniti's design studios in London, Beijing and San Diego. As manufacturing moves to favor global cars, this type of collaboration will become more common. Sadly, Infiniti isn't saying when to expect this look to make it to dealerships, but seeing as how its design is more evolutionary than revolutionary, I wouldn't expect too long of a wait.