Infiniti electrified sports saloon concept teased for Auto Shanghai

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It’s called the Qs Inspiration, and it’s very white.

Auto Shanghai 2019 is right around the corner. Specifically, the big show in China kicks off in a couple of weeks and automakers are ramping up with teasers for new vehicle and concept car debuts. Infiniti’s hot-off-the-press announcement falls into the latter category, in the form of a sports saloon concept called the Qs Inspiration.

With this being just a teaser, we’re only given a look at the car’s backside and even then, it’s pretty much a case study of black-and-white photography. It bears some resemblance to the Q Inspiration Concept saloon (featured in the gallery below) the automaker revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2018, notably with the thin taillights, pointed rear glass, and vertical side vents flanking the prominent Infiniti lettering. If you look extremely close on the lower right side you can see a bit of definition to the black region of the lower fascia, though with this being billed as a sports saloon we suspect the actual car will feature some sort of diffuser in that area.

Infiniti doesn’t leave us totally in the dark on the Qs Inspiration. As with other Inspiration concepts, this is an electrified affair that will follow the company’s design language as seen on the Q Inspiration from Detroit in 2018, and more recently with the QX Inspiration Concept crossover from the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. That crossover was billed as having an all-new flexible architecture specifically designed for future electric vehicles, and Infiniti says this sports saloon concept features the same setup.

As for details on the powertrain, none are offered yet and it’s possible we may never be privy to the sport aspect of this sports saloon. Infiniti never revealed powertrain details for the QX Inspiration in Detroit, and in fact, the concept had mechanical difficulties and couldn’t get to the stage for its big debut. Here’s hoping things go a bit smoother for the automaker this time around.

Auto Shanghai 2019 opens for media access on April 16. The public exhibition begins April 18 at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai.

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Infiniti To Reveal Qs Inspiration At Auto Shanghai 2019

  • INFINITI Qs Inspiration – electrified sports sedan for the future
  • Brand’s electrified form language confirmed with latest concept
  • As it did in 1989, INFINITI again evolves the sedan for the future

 

HONG KONG (April 2, 2019) – INFINITI will reveal a new sports sedan concept, based on an all-new flexible architecture developed specifically to accommodate electrified powertrains, at Auto Shanghai 2019. The concept offers a new perspective on the sports sedan format for the coming era of electrification and previews a forthcoming INFINITI production model.

Drawing on INFINITI’s DNA, the Qs Inspiration confirms INFINITI’s new form language for its future electrified vehicles, inspired by the art and modern architecture of Japan. Inside, the minimalist cabin combines striking artistry and craftsmanship, and it features two distinct zones – a clutter-free cockpit designed to engage the driver, and a relaxed passenger zone that make the most of the generous interior space.

INFINITI revealed the technology-laden Q45 sedan in 1989 with groundbreaking design, engine and customer experience. Thirty years forward, the brand is delivering another groundbreaking sedan.

Christian Meunier, Chairman of INFINITI, comments: “Electrification creates a range of new possibilities for sedans, with new powertrains and vehicle architectures letting us imagine how this type of car could be reinvigorated and adapted to fit the changing needs and tastes of drivers.”

 

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