INFINITI’S NEAR FUTURE
Infiniti’s First All-Electric Car Will Be Inspired By This Flashy Concept
The luxurious QX Inspiration is a peek into the automaker’s near future, and a realistic concept of the brands electric car line.
INFINITI debuted something called the QX Inspiration. The puffy SUV concept is all electric, and is meant to serve as a preview of what’s to come with Infiniti’s first true EV.
Infiniti’s concept really only informs the broad look and feel of their first EV. We know a “high-capacity battery pack” will sit below the floor of the car in a skateboard-style layout. That layout will be able to accommodate an all-wheel drive setup with an electric motor on each axle, which INFINITI says will offer “blistering off-the-line acceleration.” Future electric cars from INFINITI will also be able to use that dual motor setup to distribute power on demand to each wheel as needed, meaning they should handle well in almost any setting.
As is the case with other EVs, placing the battery and motors beneath the floor gives automakers an opportunity to carve out more room in the cabin. INFINITI says it’s taking advantage of this by shortening the car’s hood and the rear overhang, adding space to the in-car experience. Right now, in concept form, INFINITI is leaving that space mostly empty.
The result is a lounge-like experience, according to INFINITI. The interior is certainly decorated in high style, with marble covering the back of the center console, brown and white leathers adorning the steering wheel and walls, along with “luxurious grey cloth normally used to upholster furniture,” the company explains. Suede rhombuses with gold accents line the floor, naturally.
Of course, this is a concept car, and so it’s not just a husk; INFINITI teases some futuristic technology with the QX Inspiration, too. There’s a display that stretches from pillar to pillar across the dashboard. Another screen sits embedded in the steering wheel. A third screen extends up from the center console, almost like it’s reaching out to connect with the massive dashboard display. Pipe lights stretch around the car, too, and can glow in a number of different colors.
The QX Inspiration also nods to a future that INFINITI believes will be increasingly autonomous. The steering wheel collapses down, and the brake and throttle pedals retract, in case autonomous technology ever allows a driver to kick back and enjoy the view or the screens. To top it all off, the front seats rotate up to 30 degrees to make it easier to get in and out of the SUV.
The QX inspiration is a tantalizing look at how INFINITI plans to push beyond other electric vehicles and into the world of luxury EV’s.
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