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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.

Is This The First Teaser Of The Infiniti QX30 Crossover?

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Yesterday Infiniti released the first teaser heralding an all new addition to the lineup coming at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October. Although we only have this single image to go on, the timing of the unveiling and a few pre-existing rumors help paint a picture of what you can expect at the unveiling.

First, though, let’s get a good look at that teaser photo:

Infiniti QX30 Crossover Teaser Maybe

As you can see, all we have to go on is a darkened front grille with an unprecedented linear design, instead of the typical mesh grille we’ve come to expect from new Infiniti models. The lines around the grill are swoopy and well-defined, which leads us to believe that the car in question features an aggressive front-end, perhaps one that belongs on a smaller car.

With that in mind, let’s think about upcoming small cars in Infiniti’s lineup… The first one that comes to mind is last year’s Infiniti Q30 Concept (below), which the premium Japanese automaker has confirmed will begin production at the beginning of 2015. So, the Paris Motor Show car could be that production model.

2014 Infiniti Q30 Concept

But, Inifiti also hinted at a slightly larger crossover-version of the Inifiti Q30, which will reportedly begin production at the same time next year in Europe. The new compact crossover would be called the Infiniti QX30, and would be available in the US and Europe just like the new Q30.

Ultimately, it’s too soon to say exactly what this new Infiniti model will end up being. Depending on who you’re talking to, you might hear that it’ll be a large flagship SUV called the Infiniti Q80. Others will tell you that it’ll be the range-topping Porsche-rivalling coupe Infiniti has promised will come at some point. Or, it could be just about anything else… Infiniti recently committed to expanding their lineup by 60% over the next five years, which leaves us with a lot of possibilities.

Whatever it is, though, one thing is for sure: this is going to be a very important car for Nissan’s premium marque. The only statement that they made with the teaser is that, “Soon, Infiniti will share a vision – its soul – on a scale not seen before by the company.” Take that however you like, but it sure sounds important. We’ll keep you updated as it gets closer to the 2014 Paris Auto Show in a couple months.