Infiniti Q Inspiration concept revealed ahead of Detroit motor show
New image shows front of concept that points to a new design direction for Nissan’s luxury brand
The four-door car has a coupé-like rear and wears a large diameter grille with tiny openings at the front. Infiniti has refrained from revealing whether these openings supply air to an engine, or whether the car uses an alternative source of propulsion.
Design boss Alfonso Albaisa has previously hinted to Autocar that the car would use electric power, although the brand has recently invested heavily in new variable ratio combustion engine technology, suggesting the concept could be a hybrid model.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼”Our Detroit concept car heralds a new generation of Infiniti. A seamless and stunning new design philosophy demonstrating Infiniti artistry in the new age of autonomy and breakthrough drivetrains,” said Albaisa.
Executive design director Karim Habib explained that the car will take the form of a traditional saloon car, but with tweaks to its formula. This was due to “smarter, more compact and less intrusive powertrains,” he explained.
The car sits on a new platform, and will not shared with parent company Nissan’s latest model, the new Leaf. Infiniti is expected to produce its own EV model in 2019. The brand hinted at its electric intentions with the reveal of the all-electric Prototype 9 concept from 2017’s Monterey car week.
Source: Autocar Online