The premium Japanese marque has already gone on record as saying all new vehicles it launches from 2021 onwards will be electrified (either pure-electric or ‘e-Power’, which translates to an EV with a petrol-powered range extender), so this concept – dubbed the QX Inspiration – isn’t just an airy-fairy design study.
Infiniti forecasts that half of the vehicles it sells by 2025 will be electrified, so it’s clear the brand is betting heavily on a battery-powered future.
The swoopy looking QX Inspiration carries over the futuristic design language of recent Infiniti concepts such as the Q Inspiration luxo saloon and the gorgeous retro-laced Prototype 10 racer.
The platform for the new electrified crossover will be derived from that of the Q Inspiration, whose compact VC-Turbo internal combustion engine means it will have a short front end along with a spacious cabin.
“The concept car we will show in Detroit is the beginning of a new era for Infiniti, and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand,” said Infiniti design director Karim Habib.
“Electrification and other new technologies have given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy. Development of new electric vehicle platforms enables the formation of spacious, lounge-like interiors,” says the company.
Infiniti also boasts of a cabin that has been hand-crafted using traditional techniques and which features a choice of materials inspired by a “subtle Japanese sensuality”.
The new interior technology is said to follow the Japanese hospitality principle of ‘omotenashi’, creating a welcoming environment, while assisting drivers and connecting occupants to the world around them.