Infiniti has begun unveiling its new sedan concept ahead of a full reveal at the Detroit motor show in January next year which will preview the premium Japanese maker’s future design language and direction.
The teaser image shows part of the stark white concept car’s grille and front quarter panel built on a new sedan platform architecture. The overall design is made up of flowing lines, a muscular stance and long cabin according to Infiniti executive design director, Karim Habib.
"The new Infiniti concept car will take the traditional sedan architecture to its next stage of evolution. A shift toward smarter, more compact and less intrusive powertrains; we were able to create an alternative form with flowing gestures, more engaging in character and more enriching in experience. With its long cabin, balanced proportions and muscular stance, the concept heralds in a new era for Infiniti models,” said Habib.
The new concept will sit alongside Infiniti’s all-electric 1940s grand prix car-inspired Prototype 9, and is the first look at a new generation of models to come from the fledgling brand.
Another feature of the future Infiniti sedans will be a move to more compact and efficient powertrains, which would lend itself to thinking that the brand's new 2.0-litre four-cylinder variable compression petrol engine (VC-T) would be part of the concept.
The VC-T engine essentially varies the height of the piston stroke, which affects how much petrol is squeezed into the top of the cylinder, meaning less fuel is used when the scenario calls for it.
With the ability to vary its compression ratio between 8:1 and 14:1, the VC-T engine's ratios approach those of Ford's fast but inefficient XR6 Turbo performance car and the eco-conscious, non-turbo Mazda3.
Infiniti has stated that fuel efficiency of the VC-T is 27 per cent better than the 3.5-litre V6 it will replace but has similar power figures.