Infiniti selected Alfonso Albaisa as its executive design director in May of this year, and if the leaked image above is any indication, the man has been hard at work these last few months. Sent in an electric missive to us from the very heart of the Infiniti design shop, we can't say exactly who the source of this rendering is, but we do recognize Albaisa's signature in the bottom left corner.

Details as to just what the image represents for the future Infiniti range are non-existent at this point, but the form of the car does lend itself to some educated guesses. While the detailing of the large grille, headlights and kinked rear-quarter glass all follow current Infiniti styling conventions, the proportions of the design raise our eyebrows a bit.

As you can see, there's an awful lot of wheelbase stretched between those exaggerated wheels, and quite a bit of real estate between the front axle and the dash, as well. Both those things point strongly at a "flagship" car to sit at the top of the model line. Currently, Infiniti's M range (soon to be renamed Q70) resides at the top of the brand's portfolio; as the fourth generation of that car was introduced for the 2011 model year, a clean-sheet redesign seems unlikely.

That just leaves us with the idea of a long-wished for replacement for the company's old Q range, last seen in North America as the Q45, and with many reports calling it dead forever. A fullsize luxury player certainly makes sense in the context of the image here, and a sexy one at that. As for its name? Infiniti's all-Q structure would seemingly peg a range-topping sedan as either a Q80 or a Q90, depending fully on whether or not the brand wished to reserve the Q80 moniker for a Q70 (that's the M, remember?) based coupe/convertible product.


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      Gilly
      • 1 Year Ago
      um, why are people adding a "y" to the word "Infiniti"?
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Morcarsgusru
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its darn sexy... now time to build it so I can buy it.
      ¥i®mi¥åhu †h£ ∞
      That looks like a q50. I think he just sketched it for hype.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is just a concept sketch. Dash, overhang, and greenhouse proportions are pretty meaningless. An actual concept version would look less dramatic, and the production version even tamer. It's just the nature of these things. I have never seen a sketch become anything close to reality. They are always extreme and meant to inspire.
      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      Q45 isnt dead forever they said they would bring it back if the M35/37/45/56 sold well
      goatcars
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am sooooo sick of all new cutting edge designs painted matte black...Give me RED, BLUE, GREEN ... anything with COLOR !!!!
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goatcars
        It's a silver-colored rendering. Calm down.
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goatcars
        Its too risky to use color, it may scare away future unrealized clients from considering a future low-production vehicle.
      Sacch Naurang
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is definitely the new Q60 coupe. The design is strikingly similar to the q50.
      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it's about time that Infiniti made a spiritual successor to the Q45. Give it the 5.6 from the M56 with 420 hp and price it along the line of the BMW 7 series. And, just for bragging rights, make a V12 out of the 5.6 with over 600 hp to compete with the S65, and sell it for well over six figures.
        Brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Sorry but no one would buy an Infiniti v12 flagship sedan when you could get a Rolls Royce, Bentley, or the s65 you mentioned for around the same price. Plus Infiniti will never have the prestige or brand recognition of the other ultra luxury cars, people who spend that much money on a car of that nature are going to be badge snobs. Now down vote away!
          Justin Campanale
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brandon
          And how exactly did Audi, BMW, and MB build up their reputation? Rome wan;t built in a day.
          Brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brandon
          @Justin, It took the Germans decades and specifically Mercedes Benz over 100 years to get to where they are now. I'm not saying they can't do it, but it will take years for consumers to think of infiniti as an alternative to a Rolls, Bentley, or s class, hopefully they succeed. Nissan also has better alternatives to a v12 too.
          zizixx89
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brandon
          Sorry but you sound stupid
        zizixx89
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        For the top trim they should add the 592hp V6 hybrid from the essence
      Jabbit
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like a new Mazda6 with cartoon-sized wheels.
      Stephen Mihalik
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's up with the awkward kink in the rear window on Infinity's? I get that they're trying to come up with a design signature. But this looks like ****. Seriously, cover it up with your finger. Instantly better looking.
      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is suppose to be infiniti's own panamera
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