Infiniti Teases Electric SUV Destined for Detroit Debut

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
infiniti teases electric suv destined for detroit debut

Infiniti will unveil a new concept previewing its first electric car at the North American International Auto Show next month. On Friday, Nissan’s luxury division released a digitally shrouded image of the model to help build anticipation.

While Infiniti spent much of the past year showcasing interesting concept vehicles, precious few have a snowball’s chance in hell of reaching production. Instead, the autos served as an opportunity for Infiniti to dabble in a new design language while simultaneously proving that it hasn’t forgotten about electrification. Last January, the company showcased the Q Inspiration, announcing it would electrify its entire portfolio from 2021 onward, using either e-Power or pure EV powertrains. Seven months later, it unveiled the Prototype 10 at Monterey Car Week — which it said solidified the look of upcoming models, especially those of the electric persuasion.

While this upcoming crossover appears to do much of the same, there’s a chance it might be a precursor for a vehicle that might someday reach the showroom.

Rumored to be roughly the size of the QX30, nothing is known about its powertrain other than its fully electric status. Infiniti claims its platform is new, allowing for a “lounge-like interior,” in addition to an unspecified list of “welcoming and assistive technologies.”

We assume it’ll be the first vehicle to preview the new modular platform that will eventually underpin the majority of Infiniti’s fleet. The proposed vehicle architecture was announced earlier this year and is expected to bear fruit by 2021, when the brand launches its first battery electric vehicle. Considering current market trends, it would make sense for Infiniti to make it a crossover. This might not be the official template for that model, though it will almost certainly lay amount of groundwork for it.

“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 for the brand.

[Image: Infiniti]

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