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Infiniti Leaps into Future with Q Inspiration Concept at Detroit Auto Show

Infiniti Leaps into Future with Q Inspiration Concept at Detroit Auto Show

By Philly Murtha, January 15, 2018

Infiniti, Nissan’s premium brand, previews next-generation car design surprises with the debut of a bold Q Inspiration Concept in Detroit this week. The Q Inspiration, which foreshadows Infiniti’s perception of the future luxury midsize car has been created in part to attract the attention and interest of younger consumers, according to carmaker officials.

Bowing at the 2018 North American International Auto show, the futuristic Infiniti Q Inspiration is strictly a concept, however. The car, which inspires with sleekness and future flash has no door handles or side mirrors and rides on wheels that have a nearly outlandish trapezoid design. The car is set apart by sculpted edge character lines, a low sporty front end with body-colored in-your-face but nearly hidden waterfall grille and narrow lighting strips plus a swept-back panoramic roofline that conflates into a curved rear end with lighting strip.

The Q Inspiration is powered by a production-ready 4-cylinder VC-Turbo that combines turbocharged gasoline power with the torque and fuel efficiency of a hybrid or diesel engine. What makes the VC-Turbo different is that it adjusts the compression ratio to optimize power and fuel consumption. Infiniti uses its new ProPilot driving technologies that enable a kind of co-pilot system, although the driver always retains control.

The Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept’s artful interior features four modern shell seats with inlaid designs that adjoin a full-length console that extends from the dashboard to the rear seating area as a base for two integrated infotainment screens. Looking to the future, the advanced technology of Infiniti’s ProPilot system monitors passengers stress triggers, according to Infiniti. The new semi-automated driver assist technology that can accelerate, steer and brake, is available on the Nissan Leaf EV compact car and will be offered in the 2019 Infiniti QX50 compact premium SUV, which also will be powered by the new VC-Turbo powertrain.

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