Infiniti to show off new EV crossover concept in Detroit

Electric crossover will also display new Infiniti design language for EVs

Published: December 14, 2018, 9:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:57 PM

INFINITI fully electric crossover

Infiniti will be showing off its vision of its first dedicated electric crossover at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, as the Nissan division celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The teaser photo of the new crossover doesn't shed too much insight into the new design, looking a lot like the Q Inspiration Sedan Concept hybrid introduced at this past year's NAIAS, with the noticeable difference being the INFINITI script in the lower grille and the LED-outline of the grille.

“Thirty years ago, as a 24-year old designer in the audience, I saw the birth of Infiniti in person and am proud to be part of the journey of creating iconic luxury automobiles,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Global Design. “Now, 30 years later, Q Inspiration shows how new proportions triggered by the new electrified power of Infiniti has inspired a new direction, a new visual language. Alongside our Prototype 10 Pebble Beach Concept, both designs embody a deep simplicity inspired by the technology within and a new artistry inspired by our unique culture and of course our roots in Japan.”

Infiniti announced at this year’s NAIAS that it would fully electrify its lineup, starting in 2021, offering both hybrids and EVs of all its models.

The concept, expected to forward the Q Inspiration line of concepts (or QX Inspiration, in this case), will show off a new Infiniti design language for its EV lineup, taking advantage of the expansive (and expensive-looking) interior space gifted by the design and placement of electrification components.

“The concept car we will show in Detroit is the beginning of a new era for INFINITI, and an illustration of where we want to go with the brand. Electrification and other new technologies have given us the opportunity to evolve our design philosophy,” said Karim Habib, Infiniti’s Executive Design Director.

The EV powertrain is usually also promoted through the advancement of technology and technologically-advanced displays and controls, resulting in lounge-like, tech-intensive interiors.

The new concept also borrows some design cues from the single-seat Prototype 10, shown at this past summer’s Pebble Beach Concours d 'Elegance

“The industry is at a technological inflection point,” said Roland Krueger, Infiniti Chairman and Global President. “As such, INFINITI has a compelling vision as a luxury challenger brand to bring a full portfolio of beautifully-designed electric vehicles to customers around the world. We will focus on developing the full portfolio of e-power and EVs.”