SHANGHAI -- A production version of Infiniti's gracefully swept-back, creased Q80 Inspiration concept may be years away. But its futuristic design flourishes are gradually entering the luxury brand's lineup, says global design chief Alfonso Albaisa.
The next step: improving the passenger cabin.
Infiniti unveiled the new interior look at the Shanghai auto show in a special edition of its long-wheelbase Q70 sedan, decked out in a plush Q80-inspired interior.
The Q70L Bespoke Edition gets four luxurious seats with meticulously quilted white tuxedo leather. Albaisa said the cockpit concept shows the future direction of Infiniti interiors, ones that convey a sense of artisanal craftsmanship and taste for fine materials.
"This is something you're going to see very soon on cars coming," Albaisa told Automotive News on the sidelines of the show. "The handmade feeling when you look at an object and you can almost see the decision-making of a human being in it. The sense of a tailor, that the tailor is in love with the material and is focusing on the curating of the material."
The Q70L Bespoke Edition aims for a calm, cocooning experience. It's a feeling Infiniti wants to inject into its upper tier cars and one that translates especially well in China.
"I don't want people to feel the Q80 is intense or aggressive. I think you can be powerful and graceful and peaceful. This is what we want to show," Albaisa said. "When you open the doors of the Bespoke Q70, you just feel like, 'Oh my god, I have found tranquility.'"