Inside, Infiniti describes the concept as having a “driver-centric, passenger-minded” cabin. It claims a spacious interior with a predominantly black and white palette and a panoramic glass roof aimed at giving a sense of lightness and airiness. The gradated roof color also provides some shade for rear seat occupants when the weather is sunny.
Among the features for drivers is a dial on the center console for switching driving modes and paddle-shifters around the steering wheel for changing gear. A touchscreen panel between the front seats, meanwhile, allows rear-seat passengers to control their own ventilation.
The concept arrives in Beijing at a time when despite economic uncertainty, SUV sales are still bucking the trend in China with demand growing on a monthly basis. But with so many domestic carmakers capable of offering consumers a car with SUV or crossover looks established, premium marques have to offer something very special to compete with both Chinese companies and their traditional rivals in the luxury and performance segments.
At this stage Infiniti Australia has no information about production plans for QX Sport, nor its relevance to the local marketplace.
Given the strength of mid-size luxury SUV sales Down Under, however, you’d be brave betting against the car coming to Australia in due course.