Rides on a new all-electric platform

When it comes to "love it or hate it" designs, coupe-style crossovers are the first that spring into mind. While some hate them entirely, others would buy one in a heartbeat. Whether you like coupe crossovers or not, a new model is about to come under the spotlight. It’s made by Infiniti and will make its global debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January.

2018 Infinity Prototype 10 Concept Exterior
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The vehicle shown in the teaser isn’t a production model though. The concept, however, previews an upcoming all-electric crossover built on a "new EV platform." Infiniti also mentions that it will celebrate 30 years on the market at the Detroit Auto Show so we might be in for something special for this occasion.

There aren’t any actual details to run by, but Infiniti says that the crossover brings together elements from the Q Inspiration and Prototype 10 concept cars revealed in 2018. Fortunately, the teaser provides a few hints.

Sleek and Aggressive

Here's a Teaser of Infinities Detroit-Bound Coupe-Like Electric Crossover
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This concept should look gorgeous once it goes under the spotlight

The yet-unnamed concept looks decidedly angry up front. It has thin headlamps that become slimmer toward the nose and a massive, closed-off grille in the center. The outlet includes an illuminated grille and "Infiniti" lettering. I can also spot big vents onto the sides.

The front hood is sporty and muscular, with the side panels moving up to meet the front fenders. Both the front and rear fenders are muscular as well, while the big wheels give the crossover an off-road capable stance. I can’t tell whether it’s a two- or four-door, but the roofline is low and mimics the shape of a coupe toward the back. There’s no B-pillar, and Infiniti used cameras for side mirrors.

All told, this concept should look gorgeous once it goes under the spotlight, but I’m equally excited about what it hides under the shell. We should find out more as Detroit moves closer so stay tuned for an update.

Further reading

2018 Infinity Prototype 10 Concept Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Infinity Prototype 10 Concept.

2018 Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept
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Read our full review on the 2018 Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept.

North American International Auto Show world premiere of future fully-electric INFINITI crossover
INFINITI to showcase a new EV platform
INFINITI celebrating 30 years in 2019
HONG KONG – INFINITI will preview a vision for its first fully-electric crossover at The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January, revealing a new form design language for electrification, infused with Japanese DNA. INFINITI made its global debut 30 years ago at the NAIAS.

The advent of electrified platforms heralds a fresh approach to what crossover and sedan platforms look like, both inside and out. With new exterior proportions, electrification also gifts interior space, enabling spacious, and lounge-like interiors, rich in welcoming and assistive technologies.

In January, the company announced INFINITI would electrify its portfolio from 2021 onward, using either e-power (serial hybrid) or pure EV powertrains.

"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, Senior Vice President for Global Design, Nissan Motor Co. "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."

The Q Inspiration, revealed at the 2018 NAIAS, and Prototype 10, seen at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d ’Elegance, both provided elements of a futuristic design language. At the 2019 NAIAS in January, these elements will come together to provide the clearest vision yet of the future of INFINITI in an era of electrified design.

"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, Executive Design Director, INFINITI.

"The industry is at a technological inflection point," said Roland Krueger, Chairman and Global President of INFINITI Motor Co. "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."

INFINITI recently reported the best November sales in the brand’s 29-year history.

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