New Infiniti Q Inspiration Sedan Concept Shows Its Face

Infiniti is bringing a new concept called Q Inspiration at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The company’s latest concept will have the form of a flagship sedan, adopting a more four-door coupe-like shape with revised proportions. The hood will be shorter, with the cabin being longer and featuring big chunks of glass to make it feel like a proper premium lounge for passengers.

We still don’t know what kind of powertrain Infiniti is going to use in the Q Inspiration concept but expect to see a version of the new variable compression engine that debuted with the 2019 QX50, or even an electrified powertrain.

More importantly the upcoming Q Inspiration will give us an early taste of what the company is planning to do design-wise with its upcoming models, adopting more flowing lines and more imposing, muscular shapes.

The new Infiniti Q Inspiration is set to debut at the Detroit Auto Show on January 15, so stay tuned.

Post has been updated with a new image showing the front end of Infiniti’s sports sedan study. No new information has been released at this time. 


  • Six_Tymes

    beautiful design. anyone know who the designer/s were?

    • Nick
    • Kv

      Most likely designed by Ex-BMW and Mercedes Designer Karim Habib

      • Philip George

        That same guy who, under his watch as Head of Design at BMW, came the hideous ugly 5 Series GT?…and all those box shaped vehicles with dated interior?? Nah, there’s no way he had anything to do with this Infiniti concept.

    • Randy Terpstra

      Former head of BMW Brand Design, (Canadian!) Karim Habib, became head of Infiniti design, in July. He’s certainly had his hand in this, I would think.

      • dn12005

        This has been in the pipeline long before Karim came aboard. I can probably speculate that his involvement was minimal to minute. This still looks like Alfonsa Albaisa (and the now retired Shiro Nakamura) work.

        • Randy Terpstra

          Yes, having begun his stint in July, Habib is late to the game, the main design was probably already locked in. Though I’d bet he’s already had some say in the detailing, at the very least. It’s not likely that Renault-Nissan would’ve let Habib sit idly by, while the first concept under his tutelage, show-casing Infiniti’s new design language, make’s its debut. He’s too hot a commodity, with major influences on current Mercedes-Benz and BMW design.

      • Philip George

        If he had his hand in this, he would have ruined it and made it uglier than the 5 Series GT he designed back at BMW.

    • exeptor

      Could be the same who created Porsche Mission E (I’m pointing to the actual car and not the prototype) :).

  • dumblikeyou2

    Hello, Japanese Panamera.

    • John

      that looks better than Panamera

      • nastinupe

        Yeah, because it’s a concept. Watch the roof get raised and the car is narrowed in the production version, ruining the beautiful lines in the process. It’s impossible to make a car like this because of the low rear roofline. You have to sacrifice too much rear head and leg room to make it work. Take a look at the back seats of the Fisker Karma and the Aston Martin Rapide. Both beautiful cars, both have nearly no rear space despite their long wide footprint.

        • Smith

          Hold on, what makes you think this will ever get close to production. It is just another concept, it will never see the light of day as a production vehicle. Major manufacturers like Nissan Renault would never have the balls to release a car like this for production, it is too good looking and revolutionary. No way!

      • nastinupe
        • Silimarina

          Aston Martin biuld quality sucks.Look at the gap on the roof lining

        • Smith

          Classic example of what a sh1t ideas the Panamera and Rapide really are. No room to swing a lap top let alone a cat. Looks so uncomfortable and the front seat looks along way forward. Designed for kids only, not a four seater but a 2 plus 2 halves. Absolutely stupid idea.

      • Michelin

        100% agree …. Panamera style is not a masterpiece !!!
        Infinity look great, ….. less the front side. The grille is too elaborated, not elegant like other views of the car.

    • SgtBeavis

      yup, and that’s not a bad thing.

    • alexxx

      Prettier even…

    • SteersUright

      Exactly! And if Porsche can produce this, so can Infiniti. I hope we see a non-watered down production version soon!

  • Frank Yoster

    nice now can u show us the face

    • paulgdeaton

      Now they have showed it – a face that only a mother could love…

  • Nick099

    Love that Jag F-Type rear end.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks great from what I’m seeing!

  • xDRAN0x

    How are the Infinitis priced in the US? leases in $CAD are very high, easier to get a german car at a similar price.

    • Honda NSX-R

      You could get good deals on some Infinitis, a while back I saw a brand new Q60 Red Sport for sale for around $49,000 (about the same price as a Kia Stinger GT2). You could lease a Q50 Red Sport AWD for around $429/month which is pretty good if you ask me. Some dealers marked off up to $11,000 on Q50 Red Sports.

  • Looks tidy so far, will we see the resurgence of Infiniti?

  • dn12005

    What are your thoughts Carmaker1, would love to know what you think?

    • Nordschleife

      Ha ha, I just typed that too.

    • Bob

      Adding comment to see who this “Carmaker1” is.

      • donald seymour

        I’m thinking the same thing.

        • Bob

          He’s here! Carmaker1 has replied!

  • Steve Waldrop

    I know it’s just a picture of a concept, but where is the exhaust?

    • gor134

      Judging by the “grille” I’m pretty sure it’s electric.

      • Steve Waldrop

        That’s kind of what I was thinking. Would be an interesting car.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Love it already. Like a Japanese A7.

  • Kagan

    concept, concept coooooonceeeeeeeeept zzzzzzzzzz!

  • Darius Davis
    • no25


    • MarketAndChurch

      I like this better, but this Infiniti is still a really nice design.

  • pjl35

    the stupid window kink is gone!

    • dn12005

      Small (very small) minority here, but I actually like the crescent kink…kinda disappointed it did not translate to the Q-Inspiration.

      • Subi-Rubicon1

        I like the kink, but somehow Infinity didn’t give it the proper flare in the production version. The concept version looks great.

  • roy

    Looks like a panamera or a7. And that’s a good thing

  • ediotsavant

    If they could what Lexus did, that would be impressive!


    could be the next q70

  • Leconte Dave

    Will come with a CVT 🙄

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    Now this looks very good to me. Yes, it looks like others, but that’s not a bad thing at all.

  • japan3

    Come on infiniti, all The time concepts And concepts. People want cars no concepts.after two years one concept flagship more And show must go on….

  • Marty

    Nice and clean! A good direction for Infiniti.

    Not a lot of identity, though. And I’m not sure about the undefined meeting of the round and the sharp surfaces of the shoulder.

  • KidRed

    Surprisingly clean. I had expected lines and swirls and swishes everywhere given Infiniti’s current design language. Nice to see it toned down some.

  • Alex

    Congrats to the design team!

  • Nordschleife

    Whoever said that combined lights are a thing are correct. They seem to be on everything as of late. Wonder what Carmaker1 thinks?

  • Jim Ragland

    Damn…they need to build this into a real car. And not water it down to nothing, but a bland sedan.

    • Afi Keita James

      I Know.

  • dn12005

    Those are Dunlop tires….please don’t be RFT’s when produced…please don’t be RFT’s!!!

  • Bash

    This is interesting!!

  • SamBamm

    WOW! Beautiful culmination of everything done in the last 10 years by Porsche, Mercedes, Audi, Hyundai……..

    • dn12005

      There is a small (I mean very small) part of me that could have tolerated your comment, right up to the Hyundai part…that is where you lost me.

      Suggest you go back to 2008 with Essence Concept; 2011 with Etherea Concept; 2012 Emerg-e Concept; 2014 Q80 Inspiration Concept. Now, there is your “culmination of everything” in this Q Inspiration Concept.

  • Really nice looking, elegant and clean design – IMHO I think they should have kept the distinctive, arched Infiniti C-pillar instead of the very common one they used here.

    • Nordschleife

      I agree but maybe since this is going to be a flagship or more of a flagship model, they wanted to play it safe.

  • An Existing Person

    Infiniti consistently makes some of the most beautiful concepts out there, but it’s a shame that they keep getting pushed back or not put into production. They need to put their doubt to the side and go all out if they want to regain the support and hearts of their fans (me included).

  • SteersUright

    With todays materials, shapes like this can make it to production and there’s no excuse for showing a beautiful concept like this and then releasing a mundane, loosely based production model “inspired” by this concept. Step up your game Infiniti, by producing this sedan 90% AS-IS to take the likes of the A7, etc. Then jack it up a few inches and boom, you’ve got a beautiful SUV/crossover version too!

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Beautiful. That should have been the new Audi A7 but

  • 31/12/2999

    Last days Infiniti is taking our attention with beautiful designs, and high technologies cars. Good for them.

  • john1168

    Pretty concept. I read a while back that Infiniti was interested in getting into autonomous vehicles and I wonder if this concept will feature a lot of new autonomous tech since the cabin focuses on the cabin being lounge like.

    Also, I guess Infiniti is moving away from the “kink” in the C pillar???

  • Autoexperte

    i don´t like design of the rear-end, but the front fascia is very nice

  • Autoexperte

    infiniti please transfer styling elements of this concept to your new saloons and built a sports car that are looking like this

  • Paul

    It’s gorgeous.

  • Vanquish1

    Has somebody at Infiniti seen the new Audi A7? Looks pretty similar does it not?

    • Honda NSX-R

      The German cousin

    • MultiKdizzle

      Not really actually.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Looks gorgeous, elegant and hi-tech. I think it has normal trunk lid like sedan, but I wish they could make hatchback version of it, something like Panamera or Audi A7. Can’t wait to see the whole thing.

    With the beautiful design like this, the future looks bright for Infiniti. Go for it Infiniti!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Nice. toned down a little from their usual, though? And where’s their groovy signature D-pillar?

  • Waleesa1

    1. The greenhouse reminds me of the Tesla Model S.

    2. The lower side vent is similar to that the 2017 BMW 8 Series Concept.

    3. Outline of the tail lamps is reminiscent of the 2018 Audi A7.



    Don’t expect the production version to look anything like this.

  • AstonMartin

    I greatly prefer the Q80 Inspiration Concept as a perspective flagship. Although it had amazing lines that stayed true to the bold styling and unique lines Infiniti has always been known for, I see nothing graceful about the front of this all-new concept. Love the brand, however, I believe they had it right the first time.

    • paulgdeaton

      Agreed. It is a face that only a mother could love.

  • CarbonPhiber

    Right. Looks like their “Inspiration” was TESLA.

  • Oh sweet Lord this is one beautiful concept!!!! Yerrrrr!

  • Rich Money


  • Enter Ranting

    Beautiful and forward-looking, except for the bumper and fender vents. Lose those and we’ll talk.

  • SgtBeavis

    Infiniti just showed Lexus how to make a grille that’s interesting and different while also being rather beautiful. I hope this gets faithfully translated into a production sedan.

  • Nordschleife

    The front 3/4 is giving me a Fisker vibe but it a stunning concept.

  • Jake

    I love that these guys are given free reign to go nuts with their design. They’re not held back and beauty like this is created.

    • dn12005

      Now, only if we can get Ghosn and his “Yes Men” to say YES to production…to any one of their cool cars that are (for lack of a better phrase) literally sitting on the shelf…just begging to be produced…..starting with the QX70.

      How about it Carlos?

  • Emoto

    A face only a mother could love.

  • botornot387


  • SteersUright

    Stunning from every angle and then…I saw the front grille. Really? Why interrupt such a beautifully graceful and flowing design with that mess of a grille? Class it up Infiniti, junk the entire front grill opening and redo it from scratch. You almost have a true winner and a true beauty on your hands here. Almost.

  • Mark S

    This is interesting. If they can pull off a grill here without it being Lexus garish this could be a real new design direction for Infinity. The Pudgy bulldog look is long overdue for a new direction. I really like this.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Motor Trend has revealed the whole images of this stunning beauty.

    From certain angles, like normal 3/4 view, it looks stunning. The future of Infiniti looks bright if they can make it into reality, much like Lexus that successfully pulled off the LC Coupe.

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