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Infiniti has taken the wraps off its QX Sport Inspiration concept at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. The debutant is said to explore the brand’s vision for a next-generation, premium mid-size SUV, so treat this as a preview of a rival to the BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Lexus NX.

Not many technical details about the study (no mention of engine or drivetrain), which the automaker says is inspired by the brand’s ‘Powerful Elegance’ form language. Familar design cues on call include a signature double-arch grille, focused ‘human eye’ headlamps and ‘crescent-cut’ D-pillar.

The concept, which measures in at 4,600 mm long, 1,900 mm wide and 1,650 mm tall, with a 2,800 mm-long wheelbase, features a lean, purposeful form, with a short front overhang and wide stance. With 230 mm of ground clearance, off-road versatility is very much on the cards.

The cabin, meanwhile, showcases design elements that will find their way on to future Infiniti cabins – the driver-centric layout and minimalist controls are designed to allow the driver to focus on driving. The interior configuration is also based around distinct zones for the passengers and the driver; the four-seat layout essentially gives all occupants their own personal space within the cabin (a fifth seat in the centre of the rear bench is available, if needed).

The QX Sport Inspiration features a two-tone black-and-white interior to offer a striking play in contrast. Leather is a primary surface material, with many of the cabin’s surfaces wrapped in it. Black saddle leather is used for the central control stack, lower dashboard, armrests as well as the luggage-space cover, and also serves as lining material for the floor and scuffplates.

White leather, meanwhile, finds its way on to the upper dashboard, and matt leather with a concave finish lines the doors and adds visual texture. The multi-function steering wheel, meanwhile, is dressed in Nubuck, while the A-pillars and lining around the panoramic roof are all finished in black ultra-suede.