Infiniti Q Inspiration Wants To Ignite Our Lust For Sedans – Does It Succeed?

Infiniti has unveiled the Q Inspiration Concept at NAIAS 2018, a car that reflects the automaker’s new design language while also hinting at the form that a premium mid-size sports sedan could take in the near future.

On the outside, the concept boasts classic sedan forms, though with coupe-like proportions and an elongated silhouette. On the front, it has a large double-arch grille, sharp louvres along the sides of the hood, and blade-like vents flanking the wheel arches.

Other notable exterior features would be the sharp LED strip headlamps, pillar-less rear-hinged doors and the single rear light strip.

“The premium sedan segment has become rather conservative. The INFINITI Q Inspiration previews something that could appeal to a younger audience, who seek modern design and new technologies to inspire and empower them,” said Christian Meunier, the brand’s Vice President.

Inside, it’s all very concise and minimalist, with a human-centric cabin that’s said to reduce the “noise” of the interior, helping the driver focus entirely on the road ahead. Each passenger gets a touch screen (HMI – Human Machine Interface), as the system can also monitor the occupants’ biometrics.

“The Q Inspiration interior is reduced to a minimalist expression of wellbeing and comfort, and strives to create a warm and uncompromisingly modern atmosphere, like one so often finds in Tokyo residential architecture. The purpose being to enable users in a new era of connectivity, while simultaneously enriching the driving experience with materials of the best quality, crafted by the hands of the artist,” stated Infiniti design exec, Karim Habib.

Speaking of high-quality materials, the Q Inspiration cabin’s inside door pockets are lined with a ‘Nishijin-ori’ material, which includes golden washi paper shreds woven with silk threads. Aside from the luxury factor, this material also acts as a high tech sensor, allowing passengers to switch on and adjust the pocket lighting.

Underneath the hood, the Q Inspiration’s VC-Turbo powertrain continually adjusts its compression ratio in order to optimize fuel efficiency. According to the Japanese automaker, this engine will offer a new approach to power delivery in the mid-size sedan segment, challenging the notion that only hybrid or diesel engines can deliver a high torque figure or good fuel economy.

As for safety, the Q Inspiration previews the next stage of development for Infiniti’s ProPILOT autonomous drive system, which still aims at ultimately allowing drivers to retain control over their vehicle, acting as a co-pilot of sorts. However, when the driver is ready to kick back and relax, the system will provide end-to-end autonomous capability, with multi-lane highway driving and intersection auto-navigation functionalities.

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  • ctk4949

    Why do car companies bother with those tiny side view mirrors?? Will it ever really replace a piece of glass?? lol

    • Marty

      Yes it will. Next question.
      😉

      • ctk4949

        So how would that work?? It will track ur head and when you turn to look out or when you use the turn signal. A picture will show up on the center console or headsup display?? Thats gonna be annoying.

        • PUT A SCREEN INSIDE THE CAR NEAR WHERE THE MIRROR WOULD BE. IDEALLY A THUMP JOY STICK ON THE STEERING WHEEL SO YOU CAN MOVE FOCUS TO SEE BLIND SPOTS.

          • Marty

            I don’t think that will be needed.

        • Marty

          You just have to think one or two steps ahead.
          – You can place the monitors were they are easier to see while driving. For some info you don’t even need screens, you can just output a sound in the direction of near objects. You will hear the bike to your right.
          – You can kill all dead angles and get an unobstructed 360 view of the surroundings.
          – You can see in multiple spectrums, for example in full darkness or through fog.
          – You can overlay AR information, for example to highlight dangerous objects around you.
          The possibilities are endless.

          That said, most of it will be taken care of by autonomous cars. But will new systems “ever really replace a piece of glass”? Yes, most probably.

          (And I assume you mean “cameras” when you write “tiny side view mirrors”. But yes, on concepts like this, they are mostly gimmicks. That’s the point of concepts: to look one or two steps ahead. 🙂 )

    • Dre Andre

      Most, if not always, it’s a camera and not a mirror. Combination of camera(s) & sensors.

  • lagunas3ca

    Too bad you will never see a screen in back like that due to safety regulations.

    • ChicagoBlah

      Trump will take care of that, seatbelts? Who needs em!

      • Six_Tymes

        HEIL! Hilary

  • tkindred

    I think that looks really good. Infiniti has a descent track record bring concepts into production.

    • donald seymour

      Yes they do. Which is why I’m excited about this.

  • Change nothing, built it as it is.

  • Bash

    Wow, I love it!

  • eb110americana

    Seems like Infiniti took a look at the Porsche Mission-E and then did their own take on it–at least from the exterior. Still, it looks great, and the interior is beautiful. I realize that a lot of that is typical concept car dreaming, but touches like these are exactly what the sedan market needs to make a comeback. Thus far, the closest I have seen to this type of modern interior design in a production car are the Continental and Navigator in their top level trims.

    • Astonman

      I love the the new Lincoln’s interiors. Unabashedly American styling. Very luxurious look and feel.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Would be a fine Tesla fighter. I miss the funky D-pillar, though.

  • LOOKS VERY GOOD.
    IF I DIDN’T KNOW BETTER I’D THINK THEY HAD TESLA’S VON HOLZHAUSEN DESIGN THIS.

  • Six_Tymes

    very nice.

  • Zandit75

    One problem, this is not a sedan, so how is it supposed to make us lust for more sedans??!!

  • Honda NSX-R

    It won’t make customers lust if it doesn’t have extra ground clearance.

    • SteersUright

      Valid point. Infiniti should turn this beauty into some sort of slightly raised BMW X6 competitor if it wants the sales numbers.

  • SteersUright

    Very beautiful from every angle, especially the rear 3-quarter, but aside from the grille. In front it looks like the Infiniti swallowed a boat and you can just still see the bow still sticking out of its mouth (grille). Separately, this reminds me of the concept for Porsche’s upcoming electric car, itself a beauty so not a bad car design to copy. Especially love the curvy rear fender haunches that give it a broad-shouldered look.

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