DETROIT -- Infiniti's Q Inspiration Concept signals the luxury brand's plan to combine roomier vehicle cabins with more compact powertrains over the next few years.
The concept vehicle introduced Monday at the Detroit auto show presages the next Q70 sedan, which is due for a redesign in 2019 or 2020, although Infiniti says only that the Q Inspiration is intended to show its design vision for upcoming sedans.
The vehicle features an elongated body with a shorter-than-normal engine compartment. The front end is marked by a double-arch grille and sharp vents at the wheels. The headlamps are strips of LED lights.
The car has no pillar at its rear door, and the back of the vehicle slopes sharply like a fastback, punctuated by a single light strip.
"The premium sedan segment has become rather conservative," Christian Meunier, Infiniti global vice president, said in a statement. "The Infiniti Q Inspiration previews something that could appeal to a younger audience who seek modern design and new technologies."
The Q Inspiration demonstrates how Infiniti plans to power a midsize sedan with its new compact engine -- a four-cylinder VC Turbo -- "combining turbocharged gasoline power with the torque and efficiency of a hybrid or diesel engine," the statement said.