Infiniti is associated with luxury cars, but the company clearly lacks a strong answer to the likes of Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
With the Q80 Inspiration concept, Infiniti is showing what we can expect in the coming years regarding both the design and powertrain.
The Q80 Inspiration has a bold and sleek fastback profile, while under the skin is a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine paired with electric motor for a combined power output of 550 horsepower and on-demand all-wheel drive.
The powertrain can deliver 51.3mpg and has CO2 emissions of 129 g/km.
“The Q80 Inspiration concept was born to disrupt the premium sedan category,” said Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President, Product Strategy. “We aim to do this with elegance, style, and emotion.
The Q80 Inspiration has a width of 2010mm, length of 5060mm, while the height is just 1340mm.
Interior reveals four individual seats via wide opening portal-style doors.
The front passenger has an HUD for display of external information via a smartphone connected to the vehicle’s telematics system. Each rear passenger has a touch screen positioned in the rear of the front seat rest to tap into their on-board entertainment package.
In addition to a hybrid powertrain, the concept previews company’s philosophy on autonomous technology.
Using cameras, lasers and sensors, the ingenious technology can be employed by the driver when needed through a button on the left-hand side of the steering wheel.
The Q80 Inspiration is a concept vehicle but according to Infiniti it is also a pre-cursor to production, suggesting a future design language, ingenious technologies and ultimately ambition to launch into a new luxury saloon segment.