– Seattle, Washington

The replacement for the Infiniti QX50 crossover will debut this fall at the Paris Motor Show, and it will draw much of its design language from the QX Sport Inspiration concept (pictured) revealed earlier this year in Beijing.

Infiniti officials strongly alluded to the link between the models at a press conference today; product planning director Keith St Clair said, “We have a history of showing concept cars that kind of predict our future.”

The QX Sport Inspiration concept provided a look at how Infiniti could restyle its midsize SUV to fit in with the company’s newest design trends. The show car had bold creases and sharply pointed edges, with ultra-skinny headlights and a prominent swage line across its bodysides. It even had cameras instead of traditional mirrors – a feature which may soon be legally allowed. Inside the cabin, the concept car showed off a fully digital instrument cluster, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and a driver-focused dashboard with a tall center console separating driver and passenger.

The current Infiniti QX50 was heavily revised for the 2016 model year, with its wheelbase stretched to improve interior room, and also received a visual update. But replacing the model with an all-new version comes as crossovers and SUVs become even more important for Infiniti. In 2015, the vehicles accounted for 51 percent of the brand’s U.S. sales. Through the first half of this year, SUVs and crossovers made up 63 percent of all Infiniti sales.

Stay tuned for more details on the Infiniti QX50 replacement as we approach the Paris show.

Gallery: Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration concept

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