Another year, another interesting Pebble Beach-bound concept from Nissan’s luxury brand

The 2018 Pebble Concours d’Elegance is playing host to a number of extraordinary concepts, including one from Infiniti that’s being billed as an electric vehicle concept. The description doesn’t do justice to the accompanying teaser image, which shows the concept’s cabin taken from a birds-eye-view perspective. The teaser doesn’t reveal too much, but it does show enough for us to assume that the concept could have some loose connection to the Prototype 9 Concept that Infiniti showcased last year at Pebble Beach.

2018 Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept
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The yet-to-be-named Infiniti concept is following in the footsteps of the retro-styled Prototype 9 Concept and the Q Inspiration Concept

The yet-to-be-named Infiniti concept is following in the footsteps of the retro-styled Prototype 9 Concept and the Q Inspiration Concept sedan. Granted, the Prototype 9 and the Q Inspiration share very little in terms of their design, but they do have one thing in common: they were created to give glimpses of Infiniti’s future in the world of electrification. It’s not a surprise, then, that this new concept is being billed the same way by no less than Infiniti Executive Design Director Karim Habib.

“Our new concept provides clues to where the Infiniti brand is heading,” he said. “For us, electrification means performance – our electrified cars will be powerful, efficient, and a joy to drive, and the new concept is a physical representation of our electrified performance future.”

Unfortunately, even the purpose of the concept doesn’t shed any light on how it looks like. The single teaser sketch provides a look at the concepts’ interior, which not only suggests that the model will have no roof, but it will also have just one dynamic back sports seat, a small, red-accented racing wheel, and a triangle-shaped intake right behind the driver’s head. The other section is bare except for the same triangle-shaped intake, and while it is hard to make out from this angle, it appears that the concept also has a Brooklands-style windshield in the vein of what other track-day racers have. This sharp shadows cutting across what looks to be the body of the concept hints at a futuristic, aggressively styled concept design.

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Maybe this model gives us a solid preview of what’s to come from Infiniti’s electrified lineup of models

If this concept is what we think it is, it could carry elements from both the Prototype 9 and Q Inspiration concepts, blending specific styling cues from each concept into one showcase piece. Maybe this model gives us a solid preview of what’s to come from Infiniti’s electrified lineup of models. Maybe it doesn’t do it the way we expect it to. Whatever it its, look for the concept to make some waves at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. If anything, the Prototype 9 laid the foundation for the belief that anything’s possible when it comes to Infiniti. A year removed from that surprising debut, we’re prepared for anything when it comes to this new concept.

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Press release

INFINITI will debut a new concept vehicle at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance signaling the brand’s vision to blend performance and electrification. With executive design director Karim Habib at the helm, the teams in Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. created a striking concept that offers a glimpse into the brand’s desire to deliver a thrilling drive experience from electrified powertrains.

Following the introductions of the retro e-roadster Prototype 9 and stunning Q Inspiration, this new concept vehicle underlines the electrified performance theme of the brand’s announcement to introduce new vehicles with electrified powertrains from 2021.

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"Our new concept provides clues to where the INFINITI brand is heading. For us, electrification means performance – our electrified cars will be powerful, efficient, and fun to drive, and the new concept is a physical representation of our electrified performance future."

Karim Habib, INFINITI Executive Design Director

The new INFINITI concept will be revealed at Pebble Beach on Aug. 23. Full media information will be available at www.infinitinews.com.

About INFINITI
INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with representations in 50 markets around the world. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of luxury automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico and China. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Beijing. INFINITI will electrify its entire lineup from 2021 onward. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its industry- leading client services, ranking #1 in customer satisfaction with Dealer Service among Luxury Brands by J.D. Power and being a most trusted luxury brand according to AMCI, as well as its world’s first driver assistance technologies and daring designs. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

Find more information about INFINITI, its industry leading technologies and the all-new 2019 QX50 midsize luxury crossover at www.infinitiusa.com. You can also follow INFINITI USA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

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