Infiniti’s concept trio previews the future at Festival of Speed

Three models will go on display, each influencing the look of Infiniti's future vehicles

Infiniti has seemed like a brand without real direction since entering the UK market, living under the shadow of Japanese rival Lexus – itself cowering under the sales might of the German premium brands.

If Infiniti has potential though, it’s in design. Like Lexus, its current generation of models is breaking free of bland homogeneity and heralding some truly striking shapes, many of which have production potential.

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

Three of these production-ready shapes will appear at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed, alongside the more voluptuous but less feasible Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

Of the models set to reach production, the Q60 Concept previews a new 2+2 coupe set to replace the existing Q60 and challenge the likes of BMW’s 4 Series and Audi’s A5. Powered by a 3-litre V6 and rolling on 21in wheels, the Q60 may change slightly before production, but otherwise the style you see should reach showrooms largely intact.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

There might be more variation when a model inspired by the Q80 Inspiration concept arrives, but the five-door fastback invites comparison with other coupe-inspired luxury vehicles like the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS. Currently, Infiniti’s biggest saloon is the Q70, so consider the Inspiration its indirect successor.

Finally, Goodwood punters will get a chance to look at the QX30 Concept, which debuted at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. Already confirmed for production, the QX30 is a small crossover taking aim at Audi’S Q3.

It’s a significant vehicle, not just because luxury crossovers are big business right now, but because Infiniti has already confirmed it will be built at Nissan’s UK manufacturing facility in Washington, near Sunderland. It’s set to go on sale towards the end of 2015.

Other activities on Infiniti’s stand include PlayStation pods running Gran Turismo 6, and an Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car. Though given the F1 team’s recent form, even Infiniti’s road car division, enjoying its best-ever UK sales in recent months, now looks the more successful partner.

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/news/20775/goodwood-festival-of-speed-2019-show-report
News

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 show report

8 Jul 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/audi/rs6

New Audi RS6 2020 review

The Audi RS6 has long appealed on its deeply desirable complement of attributes. Does this all-new model mess with the formula, or just build on it's …
27 Nov 2019
Visit/buying-advice/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
28 Nov 2019
Visit/volkswagen/golf-gti/22866/new-2020-mk8-volkswagen-golf-gti-spied-for-the-first-time

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI spied testing

The next Golf GTI has been spotted testing in the Arctic Circle before its reveal next year
27 Nov 2019
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019