This crossover concept is a preview of the next QX50.

The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration is back, and at the Paris Motor Show the crossover concept has a slightly different look as it inches closer to production. We first saw the QX Sport Inspiration at the Beijing Motor Show; now we know that it previews the next Infiniti QX50.

Infiniti has made very few changes to the QX Sport Inspiration on its journey from Beijing to Paris. The car has been repainted dark gray, the wheels are now 22-inch units rather than 21-inchers, with a fresh design and bronze paint to match the bronze-painted brake calipers. Inside, there’s new lighting, some lighter leather, and additional brown leather trim running around the top of the dashboard.

Overall, the QX Sport Inspiration is a handsome, modern interpretation of Infiniti’s crossover DNA. Up front, look for a large black-mesh grille framed in chrome, strong strakes on the hood, and tall bracket-shaped scallops at either side of the fascia. A pronounced character line runs the length of the car’s body sides, with the front fenders plunging toward the side skirts. The roof slopes gently toward the rear, and the D-pillar has a dramatically forward-facing interpretation of the brand’s unusual kinked crescent-cut shape. The short, steeply angled rear window leads to a subtly integrated spoiler, skinny angular taillights, and exhaust tips embedded in giant chromed skid plates that retreat under the rear fascia.

The cabin is luxurious and futuristic, with a giant center console and a dashboard the wraps around the driver and passenger. A giant widescreen infotainment display sprouts from the dash, while a squat D-shaped, flat-bottom steering wheel injects a dose of sportiness to the proceedings.

Though Infiniti has not shared any details about the QX Sport Inspiration’s powertrain, the production QX50 is expected to be the first model to use Infiniti’s new VC-Turbo engine. The variable compression-ratio engine can adjust its piston stroke to run a compression ratio ranging from 8:1 to 14:1. It’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four; Infiniti is predicting power outputs around 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and 289 pound-feet (390 Newton-meters) of torque.

Infiniti has done a great job of making its production cars look very similar to concepts, so there are high hopes the QX Sport Inspiration’s styling will hold over to the production QX50 – albeit perhaps with smaller wheels and rear-view mirrors instead of small cameras.

Source: Infiniti

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