If thereally does preview Infiniti's next midsize luxury sedan, the future is pretty. Making its world debut at the , the Q Inspiration visually is a big departure from Infiniti's existing and sedans with a short hood, stretched cabin and swooping, coupe-like roof line.
However, not everything is new on the. In a nod to its current design language, the double-arch grille remains up front of the vehicle that overall features softer character lines with a few standout traits mixed in. An imposing front fascia, strong shoulder line and rear haunches add some visual attitude.
Allowing for the short hood is Infiniti'sengine that drives all four wheels. The company says the compact gas power plant delivers with the fuel efficiency of a turbo diesel four-cylinder. The smaller engine compartment allowed designers to push the A pillars forward and enlarge the cabin.
Even though the concept has a midsize footprint, interior space is on par with some larger luxury sedans, with a floating center console and rear flat floor providing maximum legroom. Getting in and out is made easier with pillarless suicide back doors and low sills.
A minimalist approach is used for the four-seat interior to not distract drivers from driving and provide everyone with a relaxed and airy environment, trimmed with leather and matte wood. Each passenger gets a floating touchscreen with an available "meditation-regeneration" mode with less information cluttering the screen and offers meditation guidance to help folks decompress. The car also monitors passenger biometrics.
You can also watch shows or movies, take in the news or stream music independently of your fellow passengers.
Tech features include a digital dashboard and new ProPilot autonomous driving technologies, such as autonomous multilane highway driving and intersection autonavigation. Infiniti says both functions will make it to production in the near future.
Exactly when we'll see a production Infiniti sedan wearing striking sheetmetal like this remains to be seen, but the long-in-toothseems like a good candidate to bring Infiniti's new design language into showrooms.
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