Infiniti’s head of design, Alfonso Albaisa, has confirmed the Japanese luxury automaker is debuting a new concept at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
Speaking to Car and Driver now that the refreshed 2018 Infiniti QX80 has debuted, Albaisa touched on the brand’s future and hinted that Infiniti will debut something at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show that may start “an interesting conversation” about a flagship sedan model. It has been over a decade since Infiniti had a flagship sedan in its lineup, with the Q45 being discontinued in 2006. In 2014, Infiniti did show off the Q80 Inspiration Concept but that never made it to production. It sounds like things may go differently with the new concept debuting early next year.
“In Detroit, we will show something about that subject which is super nice,” Albaisa told Car and Driver. Suggesting it could come in the form of a four-door coupe, Albaisa added, “The straight sedan is losing a little bit of appeal again.” Unfortunately we will have to wait a few more months before the concept debuts, but Albaisa did promise it will be packed with new technologies.
As for the updated QX80, Albaisa considers it the flagship of the SUV lineup, but stopped short of calling it the flagship of Infiniti’s entire lineup.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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