The car wouldn’t be for sale – let’s get that out of the way first and foremost. The Q Inspiration Concept however, merely teases what Infiniti will have in store for future production.
They revolve around the innovatiove VC-Turbo powertrain, next-level autonomous driving technologies and a unique human-centric interior. The Q Inspiration is powered by INFINITI’s unique VC-Turbo technology, a breakthrough in combustion engine design.
The engine continually transforms, adjusting its compression ratio to optimise power and fuel efficiency. It combines the power of a larger V6 gasoline engine with the torque and efficiency of an advanced four-cylinder diesel engine.
The VC-Turbo engine offers any compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency). The positioning of the engine’s turbocharger enables immediate response at any speed or compression ratio which changes seamlessly.
The Q Inspiration also previewed the new ProPILOT function that operates through radars and cameras to read the road ahead and monitor the position of other vehicles. Acting as a co-pilot, the autonomous driving technology supports the driver by identifying and responding to other road users and potential hazards.
ProPILOT will empower the driver with end-to-end autonomous driving, providing autonomous multi-lane highway driving and intersection auto-navigation functionalities.
Inside, each passenger is greeted with his/her own floating touchscreen to access the many features of the Q Inspiration including the “meditation-regeneration mode”. This minimises the level of information displayed, offering meditation to relieve the passenger’s stress. It can also monitor its passenger’s biometrics.
With a smaller engine, designers have been able to free up more cabin space – with a shorter hood and A-pillars pushed further forward. The arcing roofline frees up valuable headroom for front and rear occupants.
A floating center console maximises leg room, paired with “thin-frame zero-gravity” seats, designed to minimise fatigue on long journeys. The Q INFINITI’s pillarless rear-hinged doors and low sills make getting in and out of the car easier. The driveshaft providing power to the rear wheels is positioned to offer additional leg room in the second row.
Its dashboard is trimmed with “kabazakura wood” with a matte finish while the seats, centre console and doors are finished in soft white leather.
The inside door pockets are lined with a Nishijin-ori material, which includes golden washi paper shreds woven with silk threads. Not only is it a luxurious touch, it also acts as a sensor to enable passengers to switch on and adjust the pocket lighting.