Tonight I stopped at my local Ceciltucky Royal Farms for their infamous take-out chicken. I happened to park at the front door, and as I get out, there's a noticeable stir inside. A couple of minutes later, several people inside ask me if that's my car: what is it; who makes it; is it quick; what'll she do; it's really good looking; it's gorgeous; congrats; good luck; etc.
Yup, just like the front wheel drive Altimas in the parking lot. I'm a gear head too. I think I would have noticed if the design was derivative. I haven't because it's not. It's not even derivative of the G. Well, maybe one item, the console has strong hints of Tesla's: single plane; straight metal edges; large screen(s). Check it out.
In short, this is a fresh design. Yes, it has 4 wheels, windows, and doors. That's only so you don't think that aliens made it on Alpha Centauri.
Oh, and why didn't he test an S version? It's so much better in every handling category. Outside of a lower price, there's no reason to make a non-S.