Below we report the official document released by Infiniti, which goes into details about the importance of color trends in modern car design and about the solutions and materials selected for the QX50, the SUV first presented at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
From the official Press Release:
To create the multi-tone colour combination featured in the Autograph interior of the new QX50, Infiniti designers took inspiration from the look and feel of luxury resort hotels.
The designers wanted a forward-thinking interior and to provide drivers with a luxury experience every time they entered their mid-size crossover.
For the unique colour combination, the design team drew inspiration from the experience one would have walking into a luxury resort beachfront hotel.
Starting with warmer colour tones, the rich chocolate brown replicates wood applications in the resort and the surrounding trees, followed by a creamy off-white representing the sand on a beach.
The highlights of a cooler dark navy blue on the center console, reminiscent of the ocean water, strike the proper balance between warm and cool, creating a comfortable, yet invigorating environment.
The QX50 interior is in line with modern design trends. In response to consumers’ continued embrace of colour, designers are recognizing the need to show more colour in their collections, according to the Pantone Colour Institute.
Highlighting a more multi-faceted colour story, the three main colours of the QX50 Autograph interior are very similar to colour tones at the forefront of this year’s PANTONE® Fashion Color Trend Report 2018.
A creamy Pantone colour, called Coconut Milk, represents the classic mainstay of a white and/or off-white, while a rich chocolate colour titled Emperador adds strength and substance and Pantone’s classic navy-like Sailor Blue anchors the palette – just as the dark blue Ultrasuede® application does on the QX50 interior.
“The quest to find the perfect fit of materials, colours, forms and ergonomics have driven our designers and engineers to create the best interior INFINITI has ever produced,” said Karim Habib, Executive Design Director.
“The unrivaled interior space, carefully curated application of colours, high quality materials and advanced craftsmanship make the cabin as welcoming and comfortable as it is luxurious. The QX50’s asymmetrical layout and calm, controlled atmosphere is designed to meet different needs of the driver and passengers.”
The all-new QX50 interior is finished in supple leathers, tailored stitching and genuine open-pore wood.
Where many luxury vehicle interiors use high-gloss wood surfaces to create the perception of quality, the all-new 2019 QX50 is finished in genuine, matte finish open-pore maple wood.
It is treated to retain its natural characteristics in texture and appearance. Running a hand over it, the grain of the wood is still detectable to the touch, demonstrating a high level of craftsmanship to create an authentic, modern and highly tactile dashboard.
Using bespoke manufacturing methods, wrap-and-sew detailing is a highlight of the handcrafted ambience. The leather on the dash is selected for its quality and is hand-wrapped over the edges of the panels. The seats, door panels and dashboard feature a laser hole-cut stitch pattern, tailored to follow the curves of the interior surfaces. Contrast colour stitching is used on the seats for a luxury look and feel.
The available moonroof stretches across the cabin, providing a dramatic, panoramic view of the sky for passengers. This visually enhances interior space, flooding the cabin with natural light.