The Japanese automaker has presented and also released technical specs for the brand new QX Sport Inspiration concept set to debut later today during the Auto China 2016 motor show in Beijing.
The prototype serves as “inspiration”, just like the concept’s name for the company’s brand new midsize SUV – it wears the latest derivation of the “Powerful Elegance” design strategy and as such we have a bold and interesting crossover. The exterior is clad in flowing sculptural lines, combined with muscular wheel arches and stylish headlights which appear to mimic eye lashes. There’s a massive grille with prominent logo and a thick chrome edge for the added upscale feeling. Since we’re dealing with a concept, the ubiquitous mirrors have been axed in favor of cameras and the sleek profile is also assisted by the absence of door handles. There’s also a sloped roofline for the sporty appearance, complimented by the intricately designed alloy set. The back houses a pair of flat and wide exhaust tips surrounded in a metallic framing, with a spoiler and high-tech taillights as other highlights.
The cabin boasts an equally futuristic design, eschewing conventional controls for an all encompassing infotainment system usable via the wide display. The QX Sport Inspiration also has an entirely digital instrument cluster, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and body-hugging seats as well as a quirky, diamond-like pattern on the door panels and center stack. With the technical specifications revealed and at a length of 181.1 inches (4.6 meters), we can safely assume the QX Sport will serve as a preview to the all-new QX50 model. The Inspiration is also 74.8 inches (1.9 meters) wide if we exclude the side cameras and will go up in the air 64.9 inches (1.65 meters). The SUV credentials are boasted via the 9.1 inches (230 mm) of ground clearance and the interior should be accommodating for five persons thanks to the 110.2 inches (2.8 meters) wheelbase.
There are still no powertrain details, but rumors are calling for the new biturbo 3.0-liter V6 engine with different power levels that might go up to 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet (475 Newton meters). The engine is already present on the Q60 Coupe for example, paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and a rear-wheel drive or optional rear-biased all-wheel-drive system. We’re pretty sure the latter option will be the only one for the QX Sport and we’re hoping it will transition fast to the production line to succeed the QX50 – which appeared way back in 2007 as the EX.