In­finiti’s vi­sion of fu­ture is ri­val to pre­mium SUVs

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

IN­FINITI SALES are not quite at in­fin­ity but they are on the right course. The brand achieved its best Novem­ber record in its his­tory and sold well over 200,000 in 2016.

Euro­pean sales are driven by Q30 and QX30, which are prov­ing pop­u­lar. Now the com­pany is plan­ning an­other new model: the QX50, seen here in con­cept or ‘vi­sion’ form.

This car is a mid-size pre­mium SUV and is cru­cial if In­finiti is to at­tract cus­tomers away from BMW, Jaguar, Lexus and the like.

It will make its de­but shortly at the Detroit mo­tor show in Amer­ica where is will show ‘how the de­sign of its con­cep­tual fore­bear could be adapted for a fu­ture pro­duc­tion model in the world’s fastest­grow­ing ve­hi­cle seg­ment’.

It is said have a ‘cab­in­for­ward’ sil­hou­ette and

‘taut, mus­cu­lar lines’ which ‘tele­graph it as a dy­namic and prac­ti­cal SUV’.

That’s pos­si­bly true. But we need to know more about the range of mod­els, the choice of en­gines and the range of prices to be sure.

In­finiti will also show­case its new au­ton­o­mous driv­ing tech­nolo­gies which, it says, are de­signed to act as a ‘co-pi­lot’ for the driver – em­pow­er­ing rather than re­plac­ing them.

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