2018 Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept – A Unique Human-Centric Interior
Previewing a new generation of Infiniti vehicles, the Q Inspiration Concept proposes how an innovative VC-Turbo powertrain, next-level autonomous drive technologies, and a unique human-centric interior could enrich the experience for drivers of luxury sedans. The car was revealed for the first time at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. The Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept is meant to demonstrate future technologies and will not be available for sale.
Presenting the next stride in Infiniti design, the exterior of the Q Inspiration Concept features a concise design with dynamic and confident proportions. It is the first manifestation of Infiniti’s new form language, for an era of advanced powertrains. The concept eschews classical sedan forms with coupe-like proportions and an elongated silhouette, demonstrating Infiniti’s design vision for vehicles in this segment.
The cabin follows a minimalist approach, enveloping the driver and passengers in a serene and comfortable environment. The intelligently-packaged four-cylinder VC-Turbo has liberated Infiniti’s designers from the constraints of powertrain architecture to realize a spacious interior.
Powered by Infiniti’s breakthrough VC-Turbo technology – the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine – the Infiniti Q Inspiration boasts a revolutionary powertrain combining turbocharged gasoline power with the torque and efficiency of a hybrid or diesel engine. VC-Turbo continually transforms, adjusting its compression ratio to optimize power and fuel efficiency, resulting in the smart application of power for greater driver control. As a mid-size sedan concept, the Q Inspiration previews other near-future applications for Infiniti’s variable compression ratio VC-Turbo engine technology.
New ProPILOT functionality liberates the driver from mundane and stressful driving situations. Realizing the next stage in vehicle autonomy for Infiniti, ProPILOT enables drivers to delegate more stressful driving tasks to the car and enjoy an enhanced ability to respond to hazards. With the system acting as a co-pilot, the driver always retains ultimate control.
Dynamic proportions for an era of advanced powertrains
The Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept represents the first manifestation of Infiniti’s new form language, characterized by advanced powertrains and a shift toward lower emissions. More technical in execution than existing Infiniti production cars and concept vehicles, the brand’s new design language adopts straight lines, concise graphics and clean surfaces. The result is a pure and simple – yet muscular – design execution inspired by modern powertrain technologies.
The impending adoption of more advanced forms of propulsion has allowed Infiniti’s designers to propose a new architecture for the mid-size sedan. The Q Inspiration eschews classical sedan forms in favor of more coupe-like proportions and an elongated silhouette. Its short hood segues into a long cabin, made possible by the powerful yet compact VC-Turbo engine under its hood.
The front of the car is dominated by a large double-arch grille, echoing the signature design of existing Infiniti vehicles, yet exhibiting a more obsessive and technical level of execution. The appearance of the grille is matched with sharp louvers running up the sides of the hood, and blade-like vents fore and aft of the wheels. Infiniti’s hallmark human-eye headlamps have evolved to accommodate precise LED strip headlamps.
Extending rearward from the slashes on the bonnet, precise shoulder lines blend into the smoother bodywork of the mid-section of the concept, across the car’s pillarless rear-hinged doors. The shoulder reappears toward the rear of the car, exhibiting a sensual, curved quarter and wheel arches, accompanied by a graceful, arcing roofline flowing into the rear deck. These lines culminate in a single rear light strip beneath a clearly-defined trailing edge.
Concise and minimalist interior
The Infiniti Q Inspiration’s cabin follows a minimalist approach, wrapping occupants in a serene, spacious and comfortable environment. Concise and clean in its execution, the concept explores a modern aesthetic, delivering a calming, enjoyable space for passengers.
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