• Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept Shows Off Restyled Design

Larger wheels and new paint give it a more aggressive stance

Infiniti’s presence at the 2016 Paris Motor Show was highlighted by its new VC-Turbo, the first production-ready variable compression engine, but the luxury brand also brought the QX Sport Inspiration with it. Revealed for the first time at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, the SUV made its European debut in Paris, but arrived in France with a mildly restyled exterior and extra features inside the cabin.

In case you’re wondering what’s with the changes all of a sudden, Infiniti says that they add to the vehicles confident look. And besides, it’s not the first time that the Japanese brand updates its concept cars for new auto shows.

So what’s new for Paris? Well, the first things that catch the eye are the larger, 22-inch wheels. The new rims feature the same intricate design as the first concept, but they are now finished in a bronze hue. The second big change on the outsite is the matt grey, which replaces the silver seen on the first show car. The larger wheels give the concept a more powerful stance, while the dark grey color provides an interesting contrast with the bronze wheels and the chrome trim.

Infiniti also meddled with the interior, adding kick plate lighting at the base of every door and brown leather inserts for the black and white upholstery. Other than that, the QX Sport Inspiration Concept remains identical to the Beijing model and will inspire the next generation of Infiniti QX SUVs and crossovers.

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Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept Shows Off Restyled Design High Resolution Interior
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Interestingly enough, Infiniti decided to give the Sport Inspiration a more conceptual look for the Paris Motor Show. The concept shown in Beijing looked like a production-ready vehicle save for some minor details, but the larger, bronze wheels give it a flashier appearance. It’s quite evident that the production model won’t look so aggressive, but it’s safe to assume that many of those styling cues will find their way into dealerships in a couple of years. The interior is pretty fancy for an Infiniti, but I could see something like that in the company’s crossovers in a few years. Overall, the QX Sport Inspiration is an exciting concept car that previews the SUVs we’ll be able to buy no long from now.

Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept Shows Off Restyled Design High Resolution Exterior
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2016 Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept High Resolution Exterior
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When compared to the version from Beijing (right), the one revealed in Paris features new 22-inch wheels and matt gray paint
Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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