Infiniti has released the first photos of its electric SUV concept, the QX Inspiration, ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next week. The show car is said to preview the design language for a new range of high-performance electric vehicles coming in 2021, following last year’s Q Inspiration concept and the Prototype 10 shown at Pebble Beach.

The styling is rather more angular than past Infinitis, trading soft curves for sharp lines. At the front, there are slim headlights and a filled-in version of the company’s trapezoidal grille, integrating the illuminated Infiniti badge and script.

Meanwhile, the low-slung roofline give the QX Inspiration a coupé-cum-SUV look that is all the rage these days, while the short bonnet – there’s no engine at the front, of course – should provide more space on the inside. The usual door mirrors have been replaced by cameras, a concept car cue that we’re seeing in more and more production vehicles.

The as-yet-unseen interior is said to be spacious and lounge-like as a result of the new electric vehicle platform, handcrafted using traditional techniques and utilising materials inspired by “subtle Japanese sensuality.” The technology within is claimed to be inspired by the Japanese hospitality principle of omotenashi to create a welcoming environment for driver assistance and connectivity to the outside world.

“QX Inspiration is the beginning of a new era for Infiniti and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand. New technology has given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy – and the new vehicle communicates the serene strength at our core, ” said executive design director Karim Habib.

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