Looks like: A production version of Infiniti’s QX Sport Inspiration concept at the Beijing Auto Show last spring.
Defining characteristics: Infiniti’s grille and crescent C-pillars
Ridiculous features: Slit-like “human-eye” headlights, no physical door handles
Chance of being mass-produced: A solid bet for 2018 to freshen Infiniti’s SUV lineup
Infiniti will unveil a QX50 Concept SUV at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that is likely a preview of a fresh, more competitive entry for Nissan’s premium brand in the hot mid-size SUV market.
Renderings of the QX50 Concept reveal a more production-ready evolution of its QX Sport Inspiration concept unveiled at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show last spring. Infiniti calls the QX50 Concept a “vision” for a next-generation mid-size SUV; the QX50 designation now indicates the model it would replace in a freshened Infiniti SUV lineup.
The current QX50 two-row SUV was renamed for 2014 but already was becoming dated by then. Formerly badged the EX, it dates to 2007 as a 2008 model. Infiniti’s current SUVs also include the new compact QX30, the three-row QX60, the QX70 (formerly the FX and even older than the EX) and the full-size QX80.
The QX50 Concept retains the QX Sport Inspiration’s taut lines and muscular big-wheel look, while only slightly taming the dramatic side sculpting. It also retains the big, pinched Infiniti grille and the Sport Inspiration’s slit-like “human-eye” LED headlights for an aggressive front end, while adding more sculpting to the rear end with its blade taillights. The roofline tapers to Infiniti’s now-signature “crescent” C-pillar. We’ll have to wait for the unveiling to see what changes have been made to the futuristic show-car interior of the QX Sport Inspiration; Infiniti said only that the QX50 will have a ”driver-centric, passenger-minded” premium cabin.