Infiniti Coupe Concept Refines G35 Design
Evolutionary Design for Second Generation
Infiniti’s 2006 NAIAS stand prominently featured a concept done by the Nissan Technical Center in Atsugi, Japan. Though badged as Coupe Concept, the model indicates the next step for the G35 coupe and sedan. Infiniti will show the sedan at the New York Auto Show in March 2006. Vehicle Voice and AutoPacific correspondents were in town to catch the show, and the Coupe Concept was not missed.
This evolutionary design brings a sharper face with more laid-back headlights and a sharper crease in the front fascia. Changes to the rear look are minimal, with the concept using taillights that are nearly the same shape as those on the current car, though the rear fascia is shallower and the rear spoiler integrated into the decklid and more subdued.
Aluminum Accents Abound, Inside and Out
Aluminum, whether brushed or polished, figured prominently for the concept, though the bare-metal look paint is likely too expensive for production. There were aluminum accents along the integrated side sills, on top and bottom of the signature Infiniti grille, dual exhaust finishers, and on the integrated rear spoiler. Aluminum accents filled the cockpit as well, in some areas textured to resemble Japanese Washi paper. The front seats included audio speakers in the headrests, something once found on the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Though far from the first to do so, Infiniti incorporated a full-length glass panel roof.
The coupe also tests execution of using cameras for side vision instead of traditional side-view mirrors; the narrow strips at the base of the A-pillar on the concept were cameras instead of actual mirrors. The images appeared on flip-up screens on side of the instrument cluster. The LED headlights and taillights displayed a multi-layered surface treatment, which Infiniti described as a sunglass treatment.
There was no word on the powertrain or specific dimensions, but both are likely to remain similar to the current car. The G35 coupe and sedan were attractive, striking cars when they launched, and though evolutionary, the Coupe Concept gets a sharper, more dramatic face than the current car offers. The updated G35 sedan is due for the 2007 model year, and the coupe a bit later for the 2008 model year.
Concept Rear Design
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