Infiniti reveals electric SUV concept ahead of Detroit debut

by Lawrence Allan, Autocar UK 07 Jan 2019


Infiniti has released an official image of its new QX Inspiration concept, which will be on display at next week's Detroit motor show.

Similar in size to the BMW X1, the concept previews the brand's first electric car, and a "new-form design language for electrification, infused with Japanese DNA".

Details of the car's powertrain have yet to be revealed, but Infiniti claims its platform is newly developed. An earlier statement claimed that "with new exterior proportions, electrification also gifts interior space, enabling spacious and lounge-like interiors, rich in welcoming and assistive technologies". 

Previous Infiniti electric concepts, such as the 2018 Q Inspiration and Prototype 10, haven't been particularly production-focused, so the new model will be the most realistic interpretation of a series Infiniti EV yet.

Design boss Karim Habib describes the concept as "the beginning of a new era for Infiniti, and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand".

"Electrification and other new technologies have given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy," he said.