The brand is also looking seriously at developing an EV again.

Infiniti is potentially working on yet another take of its QX Sport Inspiration (pictured) concept crossover for the North American International Auto Show in January. The original version of the vehicle debuted at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show in April, and the brand mildly revised it for display for the 2016 Paris Motor Show in September.

According to Automotive News Europe, Infiniti President Roland Krueger confirmed the vehicle in Detroit would be an evolution of the QX Sport Inspiration. "We've given some hints in Paris, but we will be a little more specific in Detroit, showing that we focus on the growth markets and the growth segments," Krueger said to Automotive News Europe. However, he refused to provide details whether this model was another concept or a production vehicle.

Infiniti hasn’t kept a secret about the QX Sport Inspiration previewing the next-generation QX50. The concept adapts the brand’s modern styling to a midsize crossover. There are strong creases in the hood, and these cues carry into the deep character line along the side. The steeply arched D-pillar gives the crossover a coupe-like profile at the back. The rear fascia uses a stylized diffuser and integrated chrome-outlined exhaust tips. The interior of concepts often doesn’t directly translate to production, so it’s unlikely that the driver-focused cockpit and fully digital dashboard arrive in showrooms.

Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept
Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept
Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept

Infiniti has not discussed the QX Sport Inspiration’s powertrain. However, there are two likely options. The biturbo 3.0-liter V6 from the Q50 and Q60 is one option. It makes 300 or 400 horsepower (234 or 298 kilowatts) depending on the tune. The company’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with variable compression is another option. By adjusting the piston stroke, the compression ratio can vary from 8:1 to 14:1 and produce 268 hp (200 kW) and 289 pound-feet (390 Newton-meters) of torque.

There are also more details about Infiniti revving up its electric vehicle program again, Krueger tells Automotive News Europe. "It's going to be both HEV, and also we are looking into concepts for EVs," he said. "These are very concrete concepts that we're looking at."

The LE and Emerg-E concepts pointed towards the brand pursuing EVs in the past, but they never came to the street. Now, enough time has passed for the brand to look seriously at the idea again. One possibility is using the next-gen Leaf platform from parents Nissan and Renault for developing a premium model.

Source: Automotive News Europe

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