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Infiniti on Thursday gave us our first hint at a sedan concept the brand plans to unveil in January at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The concept will be the first display of a new design language that we’ll start seeing on future vehicles from the brand. It may also be a not-so-subtle look at a future flagship sedan to fill the void of the Q45, something Infiniti has been hinting at since the unveiling of the Q80 Inspiration concept at the 2014 Paris auto show.

Developed under the guidance of former BMW design boss Karim Habib, who’s now in charge of design at Infiniti, the concept and the design language it features will take advantage of new technologies influencing the auto industry such as electrification and self-driving capability.

“A shift towards smarter, more compact and less intrusive powertrains; we were able to create an alternative form with flowing gestures, more engaging in character and more enriching in experience,” Habib explained. “With its long cabin, balanced proportions and muscular stance, the concept heralds in a new era for Infiniti models.”

The concept will make its debut in Detroit on January 15, and sharing Infiniti’s stand will be the Prototype 9 retro race car concept that we first saw in August during Monterey Car Week. To learn about some of the other vehicles appearing at the North American International Auto Show, head to our dedicated hub.


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