Infiniti has revealed a new form language for an era of advanced powertrains with the Q Inspiration Concept. Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) today, the Q Inspiration Concept serves to preview a new generation of Infiniti vehicles which will feature the VC-Turbo powertrain, next-level autonomous drive technologies, and a unique human-centric interior.
The concept eschews classical sedan forms with its coupe-like appearance and elongated silhouette, presenting Infiniti’s design vision for vehicles in this segment. The cabin follows a minimalist approach, with a concise and clean interior design enveloping the driver and passengers in a serene and comfortable environment.
According to the Japanese luxury marque, the intelligently-packaged four-cylinder VC-Turbo has liberated designers from the constraints of powertrain architecture to realise a spacious interior. Modern technology and craftsmanship merge inside the cabin, presented in a way that enables, rather than distracts, the driver.
Powered by Infiniti’s variable-compression-turbo technology, the Q Inspiration boasts a powertrain combining turbocharged petrol power with the torque and efficiency of a hybrid or diesel engine. VC-Turbo continually transforms, adjusting its compression ratio to optimise power and fuel efficiency.
As a mid-size sedan concept, the Q Inspiration previews other near-future applications for Infiniti’s variable compression ratio VC-Turbo engine technology.
Realising the next stage in vehicle autonomy for Infiniti, ProPILOT enables drivers to delegate more stressful driving tasks to the car, and enjoy an enhanced ability to respond to hazards. With the system acting as a ‘co-pilot’, the driver always retains ultimate control.
“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.” Christian Meunier, INFINITI Global Division Vice President.