Infiniti has brought an updated version of its QX Sport Inspiration concept for this year’s Paris Motor Show, which we first saw at the Beijing Auto Show earlier this year. As before, the concept serves as a preview of a rival to the BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Lexus NX.

So, what’s new here? Well, the QX Sport Inspiration has been repainted dark grey, and the SUV now rides on 22-inch wheels (with 285/45 tyres) compared to the Beijing concept’s 21-inchers. They also get a bronze finish here, while the brake calipers have been painted in the same colour to match.

The exterior design continues to be striking, with a bold face that features the company’s signature grille design, flanked by slender headlamps. Strong lines can be found on the hood, as well as along the side of the vehicle’s body, extending toward the gently-sloping roof.


As for the interior, there’s some new leather in a lighter tone, additional trim on the top of the dashboard, and the cabin lighting has changes slightly. The same futuristic look and driver-focused “cocoon” continues to be a strong feature here as well.

In terms of dimensions, the concept remains unchanged, measuring 4,600 mm long, 1,900 mm wide and 1,650 mm tall, with a 2,800 mm-long wheelbase. The 230 mm of ground clearance, useful when going off-road, is retained as well.

Infiniti still hasn’t shared any details about the QX Sport Inspiration’s powertrain, but it is suggested that the final production model (said to be the new QX50), will be the first to get the company’s new VC-T engine. As a refresher, the mill is the world’s first, production-ready variable compression ratio unit, according to Infiniti.