AT PARIS MO­TOR SHOW

In­finiti sig­nals a clear in­tent to break into the top tier of the pre­mium sedan cat­e­gory with the eye-catch­ing Q80 In­spi­ra­tion con­cept car re­vealed at the 2014 Paris Mo­tor Show by In­finiti Vice Pres­i­dent, Europe, Mid­dle East and Africa, François Goupil de

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The four-door fast­back aims at shak­ing up the seg­ment with pro­gres­sive body styling and dar­ing proportions that chal­lenge con­ven­tion. At five me­ters long and two me­ters wide, the Q80 In­spi­ra­tion is only 53.1 inches (1350mm) at its high­est point, fur­ther un­der­lin­ing its fast­back con­tours.

Por­tal-style doors open into an ar­tis­ti­cally tai­lored in­te­rior which pam­pers the senses. The four in­di­vid­ual leather seats give equal im­por­tance to driver and pas­sen­gers, while the plung­ing panoramic glass roof cre­ates a light, airy en­vi­ron­ment inside.

Show­cas­ing in­ge­nious in­no­va­tions, the Q80 In­spi­ra­tion pre­views au­ton­o­mous driv­ing tech­nol­ogy which em­pow­ers and en­hances the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It also pro­vides a glimpse into a high-per­for­mance and ef­fi­cient hy­brid elec­tric pow­er­train that is ex­pected to de­liver 550hp while re­turn­ing 5.5L/100km.

In ad­di­tion, the new 2015 In­finiti Q70 made its de­butΔΔ in Europe dur­ing the show, al­low­ing vis­i­tors to ad­mire the per­for­mance sedan's fresh new looks. Pow­ered by a new 2.2-liter, four­cylin­der turbo diesel en­gine, it de­liv­ers 170 hp of power and 400 Nm of torque while re­tain­ing low car­bon diox­ide emis­sions.

Both the Q80 In­spi­ra­tion con­cept and the new Q70 sedan em­body the ex­pan­sion of In­finiti's up­per range, pro­vid­ing strong in­di­ca­tion that In­finiti is on track to in­crease its ve­hi­cle port­fo­lio by 60 per­cent over the next five years, and to more than dou­ble the num­ber of en­gines and trans­mis­sions.

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