Our favorite Infiniti model is coming back.
Last year at the Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti showed off its Q Inspiration Concept that previewed a future flagship sedan powered by the company's VC-Turbo powertrain. This year, Infiniti revealed the QX Inspiration Concept previewing the brand's future electric vehicles. We weren't given any details on power or range but we know the powertrain will use two electric motors (one on each axle) to create all-wheel-drive.
At the show, we had a chance to speak with Infiniti Design Chief, Karim Habib, about the QX Inspiration Concept. We were curious to find out where the inspiration for this concept came from and where we might expect it to fit within the Infiniti lineup when it enters production.
While speaking about the design for the QX Inspiration, Habib said, "This is almost like a 'Baby FX.' That was our spiritual image we had of it as a smaller, EV FX."
Built from 2003 to 2017, the FX was perhaps our favorite Infiniti SUV. The original FX was powered by either a 3.5-liter V6 or 4.5-liter V8 while the second generation model used either a 3.7-liter V6 or a bespoke 5.0-liter V8.
The FX50 with the 5.0-liter V8 produced 390 horsepower and had an engine which was never used in another Nissan or Infiniti production model, making it one of the most unique cars in the company's history.
The FX had its name changed to QX70 in the 2014 model year to bring it in line with Infiniti's new naming scheme before being killed off after the 2017 model year. Looking at the QX Inspiration in person, its size and proportions logically point to it being a replacement for the QX70. We were wondering when/if Infiniti would ever bring back its boldest SUV and now we have are happy to hear that the QX70 will return, this time as a radical electric SUV.
Of course, being all-electric, this QX Inspiration will differ greatly from the FX. Some EVs can look drastically different from other vehicles in a lineup but Habib said, "for us, every car needs to look advanced like we are looking forward and only forward. We want to do ultra-modern things whether it's EV or not. That means quite clean and quite reduced."
Other automakers have chosen a "signature color" for their EVs - BMW has chosen baby blue accents while Audi uses orange on its brake calipers and badges. The QX Inspiration Concept's badges feature a unique shade of red called 'Shu,' which has been shown in many different forms on Infiniti vehicles. Since Infiniti will morph into an all-electric brand, it won't use a signature color for its EVs but will instead stick with red as a signature shade for the entire brand.