After teasing the public with shots of its new concept car, the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept has finally been revealed in all its glory, a day prior to the 2014 Paris motor show.

As mentioned earlier, the car is presented as a four-door fastback with portal-style doors which open into a cabin with four individual seats – Infiniti calls it a ‘1+1+1+1’ seating. A head-up display (HUD) system keeps the driver informed while the front passenger receives a different version of a HUD display.

A separate HUD system is also available for the front passenger which details external information via a smartphone connection to the vehicle’s telematics system. Rear passengers get a touch screen embedded into the front seats which allows them access to the on-board entertainment package.

The Q80 comes powered by a hybrid electric powertrain coupled to a downsized twin turbocharged 3.0 litre V6. Together, they make 550 hp, consume roughly 18.2 km/litre of fuel and emit 129 g/km of C02. According to Infiniti, the new engine will serve as a precursor to future powerplants.


A smart drivetrain employed by Infiniti allows the car to switch from rear wheel drive to all wheel drive on demand or when the situation requires it. Another highlight of the car is the autonomous driving system that is being previewed on the car.

Via an array of cameras, lasers and sensors, the system can be called upon by the driver using a button on the steering wheel. Vital information is then projected on a HUD display, allowing the driver to make decisions on the amount of driving assistance provided by the electronics on board.

The autonomous driving aid emits audio tones that suggests options for the driver to follow depending on traffic conditions. The final decision is then up to the driver to make. Using the aforementioned HUD, the driver is able to select bits of information that he or she wants projected.

For now, at least, the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept is what it is – a concept. However, Infiniti has stated that the car will be used to preview future engine configurations, an updated design direction and new technologies. The company intends to enter a new segment with a car spawned from this concept.

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