Kicking off the Paris Motor Show, Infiniti has introduced the Q80 Inspiration concept at a private event held in the French capital. The Nissan-owned company’s latest show car is scheduled to greet the public for the first time tomorrow at the Paris Motor Show.
The Q80 Inspiration stretches nearly 200 inches long and 79 inches wide, dimensions that make it larger than the Q70 – Infiniti’s current flagship model – and slightly bigger all around than an Audi A7. It takes the form of a low-slung four-door sedan equipped with suicide rear doors, sculpted flanks and a large panoramic roof. The concept wears a muscular look that ushers in the design language that will influence all of the company’s upcoming cars over the coming years
With room for up to four passengers, the Q80 Inspiration boasts a luxurious, futuristic cockpit equipped with a heads-up display, an Alcantara-upholstered three-spoke steering wheel and a fully configurable digital instrument cluster. A screen discreetly integrated into the center console runs the latest generation of Infiniti’s infotainment system, and high-resolution screens mounted in the front seatbacks ensure the passengers sitting in the back can stay connected on the go.
Power for the Q80 Inspiration comes from a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain made up of a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and an electric motor. Together, the two power sources generate 550 horsepower while allowing the sedan to return up to 42 mpg in a mixed cycle. The driver can choose whether power is sent to the rear wheels or to all four wheels
The Q80 inaugurates Infiniti’s autonomous driving technology. The company stresses the software is primarily designed to take over in situations like traffic jams or long freeway trips when driving can become a burden.
Infiniti has made it clear the Q80 Inspiration concept hints at what its upcoming range-topping sedan will look like. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a toned-down version of the concept reach showrooms in the next couple of years, and the autonomous technology is expected to trickle down to the company’s smaller models before the end of the decade.