According to Mark Igo, Vice President and General Manager of the Infiniti Division of Nissan North America, the Infiniti Kuraza concept vehicle is “about hospitality, not transportation." That’s kind of an odd approach for something that is inherently built to, well, transport.Igo goes on to state that the Infiniti Kuraza is a design study that is focused more on the use of space rather than the utility of space. What that translates to is a concept vehicle that provides seating for six with virtually no cargo room. Add some yellow paint and a few extra rows of seats, and ladies and gentleman, behold, the Infiniti Kuraza school bus!
No, it’s not that bad, but it offers a face only Infiniti designers could love and promises next to no space for carry-on bags. Even if the company’s enviable 3.5-liter V6 or the muscular 4.5-liter V8 were placed under the hood, the Kuraza is a dog that should never be let out of the concept cage.
Helping to form the Infiniti Kuraza's attractive silhouette are glass roof panels, flush suicide-style rear doors, and brushed aluminum that outlines the grille and roof. The fluid lines of the body and glass indeed say elegance, but the mammoth 23-inch tires make "graceful" a tough sell. However, with wood trim located on the dash, on the floors, and scattered throughout the cabin, and supple leather covering nearly everything else, the interior can accurately be called serene and rewarding.
Photos courtesy of Infiniti