Ahead of the 2019 North American International Auto Show”s public opening, one hundred readers of The Detroit News toured the show floor to evaluate contenders for this year”s Readers” Choice Awards, selecting the INFINITI QX Inspiration as their choice for Best Future Concept.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from The Detroit News readers for the QX Inspiration, the manifestation of our electric ambition that has been 30 years in the making,” said Karim Habib, executive design director, INFINITI Motor Co., Ltd. “This concept is the beginning of a new era for INFINITI and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand.”
The all-wheel drive QX Inspiration concept signals a new era for INFINITI design enabled by technology, with a form language hinting at the potency and character of electrified powertrains. The new concept sets a direct precedent for the company’s first fully electric production car, illustrating how new architectures and technologies are influencing modern INFINITI design. It also draws on the Japanese spatial concept of ‘Ma’, demonstrating how open spaces between lines create tension and builds anticipation.
This Japanese DNA continues into the cabin. The interior of the QX Inspiration concept is hand-crafted using traditional techniques and a choice of materials inspired by a subtle Japanese sensuality. The development of new electrified vehicle platforms enables the creation of spacious, lounge-like interiors influenced by “omotenashi”, the Japanese approach to hospitality. Providing a seamlessly enabling and instinctive experience, the cabin incorporates technologies to create a welcoming environment, while assisting drivers and connecting occupants to the world around them.