Infiniti finally decides to share with us its Q Inspiration Concept at the recent 2018 North American International Auto Show. And whether you like the design of it or not, you better get used to it because this will be the look of next generation Infiniti vehicles.
For us, we actually find the Q Inspiration’s design quite fascinating. The grille alone is a head turner, considering the fact that it features a weird but interesting design of the company’s current double arch, filling it tightly with louvres. The air intakes on the lower fascia and the wheels give it a sporty aesthetic too. The shape of the headlights looks like cuts, which are complemented by similar lines on the hood.
Moving on to the rear, the design transitions into a sleeker look. The rear is like a fastback, and this flows from a smooth roof with thin pillars. The rounded tail is slightly understated with integrated exhausts. The rear is finished with a long strip of tail lights that stretch from one end to the other, while picking up some design cues from the sharp edged headlights.
In the cabin of the Q Inspiration Concept, one would instantly recognize a minimalist layout. There are broad white chairs in leather upholstery, and what makes it more amazing is that passengers get their own tablet for entertainment. In the center is a floating console that looks sculptural, while featuring a combination of black and white leather with a bright coral orange accent that stands out.
The cabin also features a digital display that stretches throughout the length of the dashboard, which is contrasted by a whole plank of wood that goes all the way to the doors. Lighting can be adjusted on each section of the cabin as passengers slide their fingers along the strip of washi paper and silk threads on the lower part of the doors.
Under the hood of this concept is Infiniti’s VC-Turbo four cylinder. This mill has a similar output to that of a gas fueled V6, but it comes with the efficiency of a four-cylinder diesel.
It is equipped with a compact powerplant, which is a major contributor to the sedan’s styling. Since the engine does not take up a lot of room, Infiniti’s engineers were able to give the Q Inspiration Concept a short hood, while moving the A pillars closer to the front. This is also why the concept is unusual in that it has the interior of a large vehicle, but the exterior footprint of a midsize sedan.
Before you guys become too hopeful, Infiniti has already confirmed that the Q Inspiration will remain as a concept, though it will likely serve as inspiration for future models.