Despite – or perhaps because of – headlines musing about the state of Infiniti’s current offerings, the brand is using the Tokyo Motor Show to introduce a raft of new product. Some are concepts, some are production-ish, and all apparently point the way forward in terms of design.
First out of the gate is an all-electric sedan, showing up under the Vision Qe banner. Apparently, the ghost of Johan de Nysschen and his Q naming scheme is alive and well. As for the concept car, it is said to set the tone for a future all-electric Infiniti sedan whilst previewing its eventual design. That arresting full-width front lighting is being called a “digital piano key” which sounds like something one would find in a modern music school. This fastback is promised as the brand’s first all-electric model, an interesting tack given the market’s insatiable appetite for SUVs and crossovers.
Speaking of, Infiniti also promises a Vision QXe in due course. Additionally shown, but only in the shadows, was a QX65 concept. The latter is obviously a ‘coupified’ crossover in the visage of a BMW X6, which is to say a machine with a roofline contributing to a lot more sport than utility. Judging by the hero shot up top, forthcoming EVs may have that so-called piano key lighting while gassers (or hybrids) may just have a light bridge across its schnoz in terms of illumination signatures. We’ll reiterate that Mercury was way ahead of the game 40 years ago with its light bar on the original Sable.
Shown with far more detail is the next QX80, that brute of an SUV which is trying to keep pace with rigs like the Escalade. Taking more than a skiff from the QX Monograph concept shown at Pebble Beach, this three-row SUV finally seems to be growing into its looks. Referred to by the company as its flagship, it is confirmed to arrive next year.
Infiniti promises more details – power, range, and the like – later on down the road.
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