Infiniti will showcase a new crossover at next month’s Detroit Auto Show. Details of the vehicle are still scarce, but Infiniti brand president Roland Krueger confirmed the plans recently with reporters.
Krueger declined to confirm if the crossover will even be a concept or production vehicle, but did confirm it will be inspired by the QX Sport Inspiration concept vehicle that was shown earlier this year at the Paris Motor Show. He went on to say it will be “more specific” than the QX Sport concept, which vaguely implies that the Detroit vehicle will be a production model, but who knows.
Unquestionably the vehicle will serve as a conversation starter for the brand’s renewed focus on crossovers and SUVs, which account for over 61 percent of the brand’s sales in the U.S.
Another area of renewed focus for Infiniti is alternative propulsion. The Japanese luxury brand is arguably behind rivals when it comes to hybrids and electric vehicles, which was intentional as the brand worked to replenish its core vehicle lineup. Now that the core lineup is largely intact, the company intends to look at hybrids and EVs.
Krueger hinted Infiniti may preview some form of electrification at the Detroit show as well, but did not provide specifics. He called the brand’s preview of hybrid and electrification technologies “very concrete” and implied they were near production-ready.