Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Signals Future Design Direction for Brand: 2014 Paris Auto Show | Edmunds

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Signals Future Design Direction for Brand: 2014 Paris Auto Show


Just the Facts:
  • The Infiniti Q80 Inspiration four-door fastback concept set for the 2014 Paris Auto Show signals the future design direction for Nissan's upscale brand.
  • The Q80 Inspiration targets the Audi A7, BMW 650i Gran Coupe and Porsche Panamera.
  • The concept "was born to disrupt the premium sedan category," according to Infiniti.

PARIS The Infiniti Q80 Inspiration four-door fastback concept set for the 2014 Paris Auto Show signals the future design direction for Nissan's upscale brand.

The Q80 Inspiration targets the Audi A7, BMW 650i Gran Coupe and Porsche Panamera.
The concept "was born to disrupt the premium sedan category," according to Infiniti.

No word yet on when a production version of the concept will arrive at dealerships.

"The Q80 Inspiration four-door fastback is to be taken as clear intent to have an entry into the newly defined premium fastback segment," the company said in a statement.

Details include an "advanced adaptive suspension," with a light chassis that combines "with the acoustic glass all around and additional sound deadening to promise a driving and ride experience among the very best," Infiniti said.

The concept, which features an eco-friendly hybrid powertrain, also hints at future Infiniti powertrains.

The Q80 Inspiration is equipped with a 550-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and hybrid-electric powertrain.

"The new engine offers a precursor to a family of engines that will be introduced to the Infiniti portfolio within the next two years," Infiniti said.

A so-called "smart" drivetrain allows the concept to be switched from rear-wheel drive to all-wheel drive as conditions dictate.

The concept rides on a 122.2-inch wheelbase that is about 2 inches longer than the extended-wheelbase version of the 2015 Infiniti Q70 sedan, the brand's current flagship.

The concept is also lower and wider than the Q70.

Edmunds says: Infiniti has ambitious plans for the premium sedan market, something that car shoppers may want to keep in mind as they make their future plans.

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