Future Cars: 2020 Infiniti Q50 Gets Inspiration From Q Concept

While this year’s Detroit Motor Show largely resembled a truck apocalypse, luckily for us car enthusiasts, we had Infiniti come to the rescue with its stunning Q Inspiration Concept.

Touted as a crystal ball-gaze into the Japanese brand’s next design direction, the Q Inspiration is tipped to morph into a Q50 sedan replacement. But could Infiniti’s concept translate well into a production version?

Let’s ponder some illustrative conjecture.

Imposing Looks

One of the most impressive aspects of the Q Inspiration concept was the staunch, yet minimalist design. We’d expect this to carry over for production, albeit slightly toned down, making for a vast visual improvement over the current Q50.

Front end styling is dominated by a big, Mercedes-AMG GT R-like imposing grille, slim inner-finned LED headlamps and a curvaceous hood. Gazing from the side reveals a diagonal fender crease, Tesla Model S-esque DLO (daylight opening area) and accompanying chrome work.

Towards the back, muscular rear haunches help ground the car in an aggressive way giving an appearance that the car is about to leap out at you. (Don’t worry it won’t – it’s not a Mustang).

Variable Compression Power

Arguably, one of the most intriguing developments of late, is Infiniti’s VC-T (variable compression turbocharged) technology. With a varied compression ratio from 8.0:1 to 14.0:1, the 268-hp, 2.0-litre mill can speedily change from high boost, low compression to low boost, high compression for the best of both worlds in terms of power and efficiency.

The current 3.0-litre Twin Turbo from the Red Sport 400 may carry over. If so, this unit will largely stay the same with minor improvements.

Whether Infiniti decides to move to the QX50’s new platform remains to be seen. Such a move would likely rule out rear wheel drive, with power put to all four wheels via a new XTRONIC CVT.

The Old Guard:

The Q50 goes up against BMW’s 3-Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE, Lexus IS, Genesis G70, Alfa Romeo Giulia and Volvo S60.

If looks are anything to go by, this design study would have the lot licked when it comes to sheer visual appeal. In terms of sales, the old guard of Germany’s finest won’t make things easy, with their established cache of customers who value pedigree over flamboyance.

What do you think of this illustrated translation from concept to production? Share you views in the comments below.

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

  • xDRAN0x

    While redesign is a needed, the interior is dated – the two screen dash is ridiculous and hard to use. The sportiness of the platform is questionable, transmission is dated also and their 400hp engine is too quiet.

    I dont have high hopes unfortunately

    • Honda NSX-R

      I drove a Infiniti Q50S 3.0t (Silver Sport) and I couldn’t help but feel a bit disappointed. It felt too muted. It just didn’t feel thrilling to drive like an F30 335i M-Sport. Then again, I was driving the Q50 in Comfort mode so maybe Sport mode changes the way it feels? It’s a good car, but not as sporty as I was hoping it would be.

  • Honda NSX-R

    That badge is placed too high

  • BlackPegasus

    Genesis G70 did it better 🙄

  • gor134

    That actually looks really good, but the side profile looks a bit generic.

  • The Direction Nissan Needs

    Praise to Josh Bynes as this is a stunning concept. I would purchase this sedan in a heartbeat.

  • Nordschleife

    Meh. I mean it alright.

  • MatTa Ddor

    Look like 90s

  • MarketAndChurch

    My favorite Infiniti grille so far.

    • paulgdeaton

      Really? To me, it looks like a very sad catfish.

      I remember when Mazda introduced their “smiley” face… I didn’t like it, either. But I do like a smile better than an oversized, chrome frown. Or maybe it is a pout…

  • ctk4949

    Not bad, but it really needs a new interior and the same options that most Hyundai’s and Kia’s have, like Android Auto, heads-up display, ventilated seats, heated rear seats, and so on.

  • Leconte Dave

    Not bad, just fix the interior

  • Bash

    If this is how they envision it. It’s ugly. It’s good that this is only a render.
    But I appreciate the effort done by who ever came up with it.

  • Carmen Mamazza

    Needs a manual.

  • DJ

    Looks like a mustang and a charger hooked up. And the condom broke. But on the other hand. Would make a nice replacement for the falcon

    • Six_Tymes


  • Larry Qualls

    What a Ford Fusion ST would look like!
    That said, I like it. Just don’t know if I’d want Ford association.

  • john1168

    This is a great rendering! It follows the concept pretty well but I think the actual production car will be toned down from this. I like the new C pillar but it’s quite the departure from all the “kinky” stuff Infiniti has been doing lately with their C pillars. Is it me or does it look like this could be a hatch??? I hope so but I doubt it.

  • botornot387

    Knowing Infiniti it wont look this good, and the CVT is a killer. Also, the current model couldn’t be anymore bland to drive, the interior, while using better materials is outdone by most of the other luxury players, and the infotainment sucks. Adding to that moving to the FWD platform seals the deal as an also-ran for this. Where is the Infiniti that existed in 2003?

  • Honda NSX-R

    Hey man, thanks for the input. Definitely interested in trying out the Red Sport now

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