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Next-Generation Toyota Prius Design ‘Not Good Enough’

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

2015 Toyota Prius Design Rejected

Today we learned just how determined Toyota is to integrate a more powerful and emotional design language into their lineup. The next-generation Toyota Prius, which was originally due out in early 2015, will be the first car to showcase that new style.

Unfortunately, we’ve learned today that the original design for the Japanese automaker’s iconic hybrid hatchback didn’t meet the cut, and so the launch of the next-generation Prius has been delayed by almost a year. If everything goes smoothly from here on out, we’ll have the new Prius by this time next year, but nothing is guaranteed just yet.

The news comes from an interview between Automotive News and Toyota’s executive VP, Mitsuhisa Kato, plus a couple other unnamed execs cited throughout the article. According to insiders, this is how the decision to delay the new Prius was made:

The chief engineer in charge of developing the next Toyota Prius brought the original design for the hybrid hatchback to an executive meeting late last year. That’s when Kato, backed by the opinion of Mr. Akio Toyoda himself, rejected the design for not meeting the cut. The report indicates that there were several other issues with the original car’s design outside of pure aesthetic appeal, but at the same time that there was no way they’d release a new Prius that didn’t have a feeling like a “fresh breeze”.

2014 Toyota C-HR Concept

Toyota originally planned to promote the next-generation previous throughout 2014. However, it was only in April of this year that the design was approved at a corporate level. That’s why we’ve only seen one single concept that heralds the Prius, and even that was an indirect application. We’re talking about, of course, the Toyota C-HR Concept pictured above, which we saw earlier this year at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. We know that the C-HR previewed a hybrid crossover (the Prius will remain a hatchback; don’t worry), but the “diamond architecture” of the concept will carry over to the new Prius.

We certainly don’t blame Toyota for taking their time with this one – not only is the Prius one of their best-selling models with over 1 million units sold in 2013 (for the second year in a row), it’s also the first production model that to utilize Toyota’s new “diamond architecture” design language, which we’re assuming will permeate the rest of the lineup over the next five-ish years. A successful launch for the new Prius would mean that Toyota is succeeding in expanding their appeal to the hipper, more emotionally-driven drivers of today.

All-New Mazda2 Claims Japan’s Car of the Year Award

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

2015 Mazda2 Demio

Thanks to the recent Paris Motor Show, we’ve spent the past two weeks talking about all the new Japanese cars we can expect to see over the next couple of years. Today, we’re going to continue in that direction by celebrating the newly announced recipient for the 2014-2015 Japanese Car Of The Year award.

This year’s recipient?

The all-new 2015 Mazda2, otherwise known as the Mazda Demio in the automaker’s home market where the hatchback has already launched.

This is excellent news for rogue Japanese automaker, Mazda. Their newly redesigned supermini hasn’t even hit European or American shores yet, and already it’s winning awards thanks to its simple-but-efficient SkyActiv technology and suave Kodo – Spirit of Motion design language.

Japan’s Car of the Year was decided at the National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation in Tokyo Bay.

Throughout the day, it was looking like the Mercedes C-class would come out on top, but in the final stretch Mazda’s city car managed to pull ahead with 423 points compared to Mercedes’ 404. Both cars came out above the third place BMW i3, which ended the day with 340 votes, and the top three were all head and shoulders above the rest… The fourth place Subaru Levorg had just 124 votes then polls closed.

Here’s how the judging works:

  1. 60 automotive experts and journalists from around Tokyo Bay are given 25 points to vote with.
  2. Each judge must give their first choice 10 points, and no more than 10 points can be allocated to any choice.
  3. The car with the most points at the end of the day wins!

Fun fact: Some quick math will tell you that 600 is the maximum points a car can receive. The closest any car ever came to getting max points was last year when the VW Golf got 504/600.

2015 Mazda2 Demio Interior

For those who don’t remember, this is the second time in three years that one of Mazda’s new SkyActiv cars has won Japan’s prestigious Car of the Year award. In 2012, the Mazda CX-5 won the award over the Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT-86 twins. It was the first-ever car Mazda released with their SkyActiv suite and Kodo design language.

Of course, Mazda knows what they did right to win the award yet again. At the event, Mazda EVP Kiyoshi Fujiwara said, “With the Mazda 2, we have rewritten the rulebook for compact cars. Our new SkyActiv technology, excellent mileage, reasonable pricing and unique design all contributed to our victory today.”

Consider this a reminder to keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming 2015 Mazda2 when it hits North American and European shores early next year.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2005 Honda HR-V

Posted by Stephen On Monday, October 13th, 2014

The 2014 Paris Motor Show is finally coming to a close. To finish off the week, we’re going to look at a Japanese car auction find that may remind you of a car we saw last week in France. That’s because today’s auction find is the original version of an upcoming new SUV we saw at the motor show.

It’s a 2005 Honda HR-V in classic metallic black:

2005 Honda HR-V

As you can see, this is a far cry from the HR-V Concept we saw in Paris, although it still filled the same slot in Honda’s lineup. The original HR-V was developed to satisfy consumer demand for a car with the spaciousness and sturdiness of a CR-V without sacrificing the economy and maneuverability of a Civic. Thus, the HR-V was born as a High-riding Revolutionary Vehicle.

2005 Honda HR-V rear

Believe it or not, the Honda HR-V was originally marketed to a young demographic as a sort of toy car. The original 1997 concept for the HR-V was called the “Wild & Joyful J-WJ” Concept, and Honda called it the “Joy Machine” when it officially launched in 1999. It was fun and frivolous, and didn’t really fit into any common segments at the time – it wasn’t a minivan, a conventional SUV or a truck. Unfortunately, this meant it was well-received in the showroom, but drivers didn’t know what to do with it on the road.

As a 2005 model year, today’s Honda HR-V auction find would have come out after a minor refresh in 2003 which included some exterior styling updates and a totally overhauled interior. Looking at the image below, you’ll see that the clean and crisp black interior holds up even to today’s higher quality standards. In fact, many argue that the original HR-V was a little too ahead of its time, which is why the model would cease production in 2006.

2005 Honda HR-V interior

The original Honda HR-V achieved SUV-like performance by using the Real Time 4WD taken from the then-current Honda CR-V. At the time, what separated Honda’s four-wheel-drive system from other manufacturers’ was the addition of a Dual-Hydraulic Pump Rear Differential (DHPRD), which is a fancy way of saying that the four-wheel drive mode is automatically activated when the front wheels lose traction.

DHPRD is one of the many modern amenities that no other cars were using at the time. You’ll find that this 2005MY also boasts antilock brakes, dual SRS airbags, electric windows and mirrors, power steering, air conditioning, and even heat absorbing windows to keep the cabin comfortable.

Under the hood you’ll find a conservative 1.6L four-cylinder VTEC engine that outputs 123hp, paired up with an automatic CVT. The HR-V for the JDM also features a slightly tuned-up suspension and driveshaft.

The original Honda HR-V was only in production for a little more than half a decade, so there aren’t that many left in circulation. The find you see here is one of the best ones currently up for auction with an overall grading of 3.5 due to a few minor dings, and an interior grade of C due to minor wear and tear. Continue reading below the auction sheet for a full rundown of this auction find:

2005 Honda HR-V auction sheet

“Interior C, first registered 2005, month of first registration not known, J model, FAT, AC, power steering, power windows, airbags, timing belt has been replaced, service book, cigarette burn holes in driver’s seat, steering wheel worn, wheel caps scratched, ABA emissions code, rear panel and rear spare tyre housing distortion, minor scratches, left side door mirrors scratched, front windshield has stone scratches, other marks as per map

New Suzuki Vitara SUV Hits the Floor in Paris

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 10th, 2014

2014 Suzuki Vitara Concept

Today we have yet another Juke-rivaling compact crossover from the ongoing 2014 Paris Motor Show. It’s the new Suzuki Vitara Concept, based on the Suzuki iV-4 Concept from this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Those of you with a long memory will remember the Suzuki Vitara SUV from over a decade and a half ago.

Let’s take a look, shall we? Here’s the official video promo:

This concept is a pre-production study for a smaller incarnation of the long-dead Vitara name. As such, Suzuki’s goal with the design of this Vitara Concept was to express their styling heritage with a strong, solid design. At the same time, what we see here is likely pretty close to the eventual production model.

The trapezoidal front-bumper insert in particular is meant to evoke a sense of sturdiness; a visual representation of the driving stability offered by Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system. However, strong and solid doesn’t have to mean plain and boring, and the Vitara Concept showcases a wide combination of body colors and custom design details, such as the colored wheel inserts you may remember from the iV-4 Concept.

With such an intense focus on strength, it’s no surprise that the new Vitara has the highest road clearance of any compact crossover we’ve seen in Paris. This makes for plenty of off-road potential, and a big selling point for Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system is allowing the driver to choose the best driving mode for any given road surface.

2014 Suzuki Vitara Concept rear

Unlike many of today’s stereotypical off-road SUV’s, the new compact Suzuki Vitara maintains a relatively light curb weight without sacrificing off-road performance. This is thanks to advanced high-tensile steel that makes the crossover simultaneously light on its feet and able to take a punch. Suzuki says that this and other weight-saving measures allow the Vitara Concept to achieve CO2 emissions of just 111g/km.

Of course, we can’t talk about emissions without mentioning the crossover’s 118bhp 1.6L diesel, the cleanest of the engines offered. Emissions jump to 123 g/km with the 1.6 L petrol, and even more if you opt for an automatic transmission. Keep in mind, though, that all of these figures are with a four-wheel drive system, which Suzuki says it’s been able to incorporate into the Vitara without sacrificing fuel efficiency.

Inside, you’ll find the Suzuki Vitara Concept has a relatively plain design with the exception of the custom colored accents that can be matched to the driver’s preferences. There are a few neat amenities like an analog clock and an optional sunroof, but it doesn’t stand out from some of the other interiors we’ve seen in Paris (even if this one is the most realistic).

Of course, plain doesn’t mean ill-equipped, and there’s plenty of technology to be had in the Vitara’s quiet cabin. You’ll notice the touchscreen at the center of the dash, and the concept boasts smartphone connectivity and adaptive cruise control, along with safety features like pre-collision automatic braking.

Suzuki says they plan to begin production of the new Vitara crossover sometime in early 2015. It’ll launch in Europe soon after, and be exported globally later in the year.

Nissan Pulsar NISMO Concept is Ready to Race

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

As we continue trying to cover every new Japanese car shown at the 2014 Paris Motor Show (all the cool ones anyway), today we come to yet another sporty new offering. It’s the Nissan Pulsar NISMO Concept, and it’s the hottest hatch we’ve seen from Nissan in quite some time.

2015 Nissan Pulsar NISMO

How fitting that Nissan chose to show their new Pulsar NISMO at the same motor show Honda chose to unveil their newest Civic Type-R Concept; the two cars are very similar. Of course, unlike the Civic Type-R which Honda confirmed will eventually come to production, Nissan is calling this Pulsar NISMO nothing more than an “innovative design study.” Still, we have a hard time believing that Nissan wouldn’t produce this sweet-looking sports hatch.

Either way, Nissan is throwing down the gauntlet by claiming that their new hatchback will outrace the Civic Type-R to take a front-wheel drive Nürburgring lap record. It’ll do it with a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s been tuned up to a teeth-gritting 247bhp. However, Nissan says they can do even better and may eventually offer a Pulsar NISMO RS with 275bhp.

Engine aside, let’s take a moment to quickly go over the augmentations NISMO made to the Pulsar hatchback:

2015 Nissan Pulsar NISMO twin exhaust

Outside, the hatchback bears the performance firm’s trademark black and red color-scheme with red side skirts, 19-inch twin-spoke gunmetal alloys, dark chrome accents and a carbon fiber rear spoiler. Closer inspection reveals a crisp red front spoiler and enormous air intakes, as well as a rear diffuser with twin central exhausts.

We already mentioned the engine tune-up, but NISMO also lowered the hatch’s ride by a couple inches and stiffened the chassis. They also added a limited-slip differential to help the underpinnings handle the enormous surplus of power, and they reinforced the steering to give a more accurate driving response. All of these changes were made off the basis of real-world track testing, so you can trust that the Pulsar NISMO offers an authentically sporty drive.

Nissan Pulsar NISMO Concept interior

Inside, you’ll find the standard NISMO treatment of deep, form-fitting Alcantara bucket seats, classy black upholstery with red accents and subtle chrome trim, a tri-spoke steering wheel, a special red tachometer and of course alloy pedals to round things out.

Nissan Pulsar NISMO Concept red tachometer

The Nissan pulsar NISMO is a definitely and eye-catcher, and while Nissan didn’t make any promises, we’d be pretty surprised if we didn’t see the car make its production debut sometime in 2015.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Unveiled in Paris

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

We first looked at the quirky-but-sleek Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept a couple weeks ago when the premium Japanese automaker first previewed the new sports car. Now, with the Q80 Inspiration’s official debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, we have a bunch more pictures and more information to cover.

Paris Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

Most importantly, Infiniti has officially confirmed that the Q80 Concept is an actual production priority, although it’s still a design study at its core. Infiniti’s VP Francois Bancon says that one of the most appealing aspects of manufacturing the Infiniti Q80 is that it would have no direct rivals. We have to agree with him on that; the mold-breaking design and face-melting performance are more than enough to stand out from the crowd.

Let’s start with the mold-breaking design:

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

Infiniti says that the Q80 Inspiration was meant to deliver “feminine elegance and muscular menace in equal measure,” and they somehow pulled it off. The simple silver design almost seems to flow with the air around it, and it’s easy to imagine this car going really, really fast. The Q80 also has that luxurious floating glass roof made from lightweight acoustic glass, similar to the Toyota C-HR Concept we looked at last week.

With the Q80 Inspiration’s official debut, Infiniti has told us more about what to expect from the car’s interior. The Q80 is just as advanced inside as it is out, and you’ll find a host of futuristic technologies showcased inside the cabin.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Doors Open

Most notable is the incorporation of Infiniti’s driver-activated autonomous driving system, which can be activated at the press of a button next to the steering wheel. When pressed, the Q80 will use a Heads-Up Display (HUD) projected onto the windshield to offer assistance and make both visual and audible suggestions to the driver. However, the final action is always taken by the man (or woman) behind the wheel.

You won’t be surprised to learn that the underlying theme for the Q80 Inspiration’s interior is interaction. So, in addition to the autonomous driving system, Infiniti also incorporated an on-board entertainment touch-screen for not only the driver, but every rear-passenger. Meanwhile, the cabin is plush with quilted leather seating, exquisite Alcantara and leather upholstery and crisp metal accents, all brought to life through the panoramic glass roof.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept interior

Finally, many of you will agree that the best part of the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration is its performance. This car may look refined on the outside, but it’s a savage under the hood, boasting a mean 550hp from a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 hybrid powertrain. Apparently, this hyper-performing sports hybrid is a precursor to a whole new family of engines that’ll be introduced “within the next two years.”

The good news with all this is that Infiniti definitely wants to produce a Q80 sports car. The bad news is that it’s at least three years off, and we may have to wait as far out as 2020. Still, we should hopefully see at least one more Q80 Concept between now and then, so keep your eyes peeled for the next iteration.

Euro-Spec Honda HR-V Prototype Shown at Paris Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, October 4th, 2014

2014 Honda HR-V Prototype

Today we have another new Japanese car from the 2014 Paris Motor Show. It’s the Honda HR-V Prototype, shown here in fiery metallic red. So far this event has been defined by small SUVs, and this B-segment crossover is a fitting follow up for yesterday’s C-segment C-HR Concept.

We have a well put together video of Honda’s new HR-V Prototype to kick things off:

You may remember last month when Honda first previewed the new HR-V. They gave us a cursory overview of what to expect, but very few specific details. With the Paris debut they’ve given us a lot more to expect when the SUV goes on sale next summer.

A quick disclaimer for our US readers – Honda dropped a couple images of a US-spec HR-V earlier this year at the New York Auto Show, but made no mention of that car here in Paris. Take the specs you find here with a grain of salt since things could change when the car makes it to NA shores.

Now back to today’s HR-V Prototype…

2015 Honda HR-V Paris Debut

The SUV nomenclature that Honda uses throughout the press release is a little bit misleading, as it’s actually built on the same chassis as the Honda Fit. So, whether it’s an SUV, hatchback or something in between is up for debate. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though; Honda tells us that they wanted to pair the sportiness of a coupe with the interior space of an SUV, which sounds like a fantastic combination to us.

2015 Honda HR-V Prototype

Since we’d already seen the Honda HR-V in pictures, the biggest thing we learned about Honda’s new SUV pertains to the powertrain. Honda tells us there will be two options in the European market – a 1.6L i-DTEC diesel engine and a 1.5L i-VTEC petrol, both from their Earth Dreams series. Even though they didn’t say more than that, there are a few inferences we can make about these two powertrains…

It’s safe to assume that the HR-V will get the same 1.5L i-VTEC that’s in the 2015 Honda Fit, which means you can expect 130hp and probably about 35mpg. The 1.6L i-DTEC that’s in the 2014 CR-V offers only 118bhp, but makes up for it with 55 mpg in the crossover, and an astonishing 78.5 mpg in the Civic hatch. Both engines are paired with a lightweight six-speed manual transmission, although the petrol can be had with a semi-automatic CVT.

2015 Honda HR-V Prototype rear

With the HR-V’s premiere, Honda tells us that the secret behind the expansive cabin space is the SUV’s central fuel tank location. In addition, Honda Magic Seats will help you get more out of the space by allowing you to fully customize your seating through a wide range of configurations. As you’d expect, the second row seats can be folded down completely flat for extra cargo space.

All in all, the Honda HR-V may not be the most progressive, shocking car you’ll see at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. However, it’s a realistic representation of what you’ll see when the car goes on sale next summer, and with that in mind it looks pretty darn good.

New Toyota C-HR Concept Hits the Stage in Paris

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 3rd, 2014

2014 Toyota C-HR Concept

Today the brand-new Toyota C-HR Concept made its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. What we have here is an innovative new crossover that Toyota says, “Combines a new, dynamic design language with an agile and engaging drive.” While we can’t speak to the car’s drivability, there’s no doubt that this is definitely something new from Toyota’s design department.

2014 Toyota C-HR Concept Profile

You may remember that Toyota had already teased the C-HR Concept not once, but twice, so we already knew a fair bit about the concept. However, seeing it in-the-metal instead of as a digital rendering makes an enormous difference in how the crossover comes off. In the preview images it almost looked like a cartoon; on stage it looks like something we’d actually want to drive.

In particular, the diamond-cut line work of their new design language comes off much cleaner on the showroom floor. For example, we can now see that the floating roof has a subtle faceted pattern that creates a “lively play of light in the cabin,” like having a sun-catcher built into the car. That’s a design feature we’ve never seen before, but desperately hope to see again!

Another thing that’s even clearer now is just how small this compact crossover really is. It’s almost more coupe then SUV, and you can see in the image below that it only comes about shoulder-height. Still, there’s no denying that this sporty concept looks like it’d be a blast on the road.

2014 Toyota C-HR Concept Size Comparison

One more thing that we didn’t necessarily realize before the C-HR Concept debuted in Paris is that it was actually developed specifically for the European market. It makes sense since Europe is still the most demanding market for small and mid-size vehicles, and Toyota said as much in their press release. They go on to say that, “Toyota Motor Europe has become the companies of skill Center for diesel engines, perceived quality and vehicle dynamics.”

Finally, while Toyota didn’t give us any specific technical details about the C-HR crossover’s hybrid powertrain, they did build more hype around it. Apparently, it’s “a new, advanced full hybrid powertrain that delivers an engaging driving experience, deal with 21st century traffic conditions and deliver outstanding efficiency.”

If we had to guess, we’d say that the C-HR will probably get the powertrain from the next-gen Prius. The press release talks a lot about “hybrid heritage” and Toyota’s contribution to “the widespread acceptance of hybrids,” as well as the wild success of their Prius models.

2014 Toyota C-HR Concept rear view

All in all, we have to admit that we’re more than a little jealous of our European readers. While we still don’t know exactly what this C-HR concept will become, it’s clear that it will definitely become something. That goes against our previous guess that the C-HR Concept was more design study than pre-production concept.

If you’d like to learn more about the Toyota C-HR Concept, just watch the video below. Otherwise, thanks for reading and stay tuned tomorrow for more cool Japanese cars from the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Honda Civic Type-R Concept Teased w/ New Performance Specs

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Honda Civic Type-R Concept

Honda has just revealed the next iteration of their Civic Type-R Concept. This is reportedly the concept that will most closely match the actual production car, so you’ll definitely want to pay attention when it debuts in a couple days at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

In the meantime, Honda has given us a little preview for what the new Honda Civic Type-R Concept will look like. More importantly, they’ve given us some new technical specs, but let’s cover the design first.

Honda Civic Type-R Concept rear

If you saw Honda’s first Civic Type-R Concept from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, you’ll notice that this new blue version looks largely the same. In fact, the only noticeable aesthetic difference is the luminous blue paintjob… The aerodynamic body kit, complete with its under spoiler, side skirts, rear spoiler, aggressive front grille and the sweet twin-spoke alloys, looks exactly the same. And of course, you’ll find that trademark red H badge at the center of the hatchback’s design.

What really has us excited about this and new Civic Type-R Concept, though, are those new technical specs we mentioned earlier. Honda claims that this concept will “set new standards on power, torque and engine response,” and, “signals the start of a new performance era for the brand.”

That’s a bold claim to make. So, what’s under the hood?

Honda Civic Type-R Hatchback profile

The Type-R will apparently run on a new turbocharged 2.0L i-VTEC engine that red-lines at 7,000 rpm and produces 276 hp. Honda claims that the hot hatch’s performance will outmatch every other car in their lineup, including the Acura NSX. However, the engine isn’t the only reason for this car’s exceptional agility.

In addition to a new engine, the Honda’s Civic Type-R Concept will showcase a new front suspension system that allows the engine to more efficiently deliver power to the wheels by minimizing torque steer. The suspension uses a new four-point Adaptive Damper System that automatically adjusts damping stiffness at split-second intervals, allowing for extremely high-performance handling.

Honda will top off the Type-R’s pristine mechanics with a six-speed manual transmission to maximize driving enjoyment.

With all of that being said, the coolest new feature to make its debut in this Type-R Concept is a +R driving mode. There will apparently be a ‘+R’ button next to the steering wheel. When pressed, it’ll automatically heighten engine response and adjust the car’s highly adaptive torque-mapping systems to a more aggressive, performance-focused setting.

As you can see, there’s a whole boatload of new technology to be showcased in the upcoming Honda Civic Type-R Concept. So, even if the sporty exterior isn’t your style, you’ll want to stay tuned for this concept’s debut to see exactly where Honda is heading.

New Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Coming to Paris

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Infiniti is bringing a large new four-door fastback concept to this week’s Paris Motor Show. This sleek and saucy concept, dubbed the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration, is apparently the luxury brand’s “vision of category-breaking, supreme luxurious driving.” As you can see below, Infiniti wasn’t lying – this concept definitely breaks conventional categories.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

We can tell you up front that there’s a lot more going on in this Q80 Inspiration Concept than first meets the eye. Still, we have to talk about a design like that, so let’s get that out of the way first.

The Q 80 concept is reportedly 189.9 inches long and 79.8 inches wide, so it’ll be a fairly large vehicle. Infiniti tells us that it’s a four-seat, four-door fastback that showcases the upper range of their portfolio expansion.

That explains the chrome accents along the concept’s body, along with the unique twin-spoke alloys the Q80 rides on. You’ll notice that Infiniti left out the side-mirrors to maintain a sleek, uninterrupted linear profile. Best of all, that lightweight acoustic glass windshield runs all the way along the top of the car’s teardrop-shaped cabin in order to create a truly lux exterior.

Inside, the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration continues to distinguish itself from the norm. Passengers will be seated in a “1+1+1+1” configuration, which probably means that the seats are arranged in a single-file line. Infiniti also tells us that, “the cabin is able to bring together the four occupants in a highly stylized and personalized ambulance of the highest quality.” They’ll use carbon fiber, aluminum and leather to create an interior that’s contemporary and clean.

Finally, Infiniti tells us to expect a level of mechanical prowess appropriate for a range-topping halo car. This premium fastback will be built on an advanced adaptive suspension with a light and rigid chassis. Hints of even cooler technology are aplenty, so we’ll know more when the car debuts. However, we do know that the acoustic glass we mentioned earlier will play a pivotal role in a quiet and comfortable driving experience.

With all that being said, chances are we won’t see a car exactly like the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept anytime soon. The name should probably be taken quite literally; this is a possible inspiration for a future Q80, NOT necessarily a direct pre-production prototype. Either way, we’re sure to see a bundle of new features and technologies in the new concept, so stay tuned later this week for the Inspirational debut.