Infiniti’s Q80 Inspiration Concept will Lead to a Future Mercedes CLS Rival

This is the first official photo of Infiniti’s new Q80 Inspiration Concept, which the automaker says, will “lead to a future” four-door fastback model in the luxury segment.

“After showing Q30 Concept and Q50 Eau Rouge, Infiniti is eager to show the upper range of our portfolio expansion,” said Infiniti Executive Design Director, Alfonso Albaisa. “In Q80 Inspiration, we wanted to capture that unforgettable feeling when you experience something important, something beautiful, something magnetic for the first time.”

At 5,052 millimeters (198.9 inches) with a long wheelbase of 3,103 mm (122.2 in), a width of 2,027 mm (79.8 in) and height of 1,350 mm (53.1 in), the Q80 is slightly longer and wider than the Mercedes-Benz CLS and BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, which along with the Porsche Panamera and Audi A7 Sportback, should be its main rivals.

Infiniti says the concepts can accommodate “four occupants in a highly stylized and personalized ambiance of the highest quality. Carbon fiber, aluminum and leather surround those inside in spacious ‘1 + 1 + 1 + 1’ seating”. We’re guessing the +1 seat is for children.

The outer skin of the low-slung sports saloon is full of curves and creases looking a lot like a four-door version of the 2009 Infiniti Essence concept supercar.

No other details or photos were shared today, but we will see Infiniti’s new concept in the flesh in about a week’s time at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

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