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New Infiniti Qs Inspiration concept set for Shanghai reveal

Luke Wilkinson 2019-04-03 16:20

The Infiniti Qs Inspiration is a new electrified sports saloon concept and it will make its debut at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show

Infiniti will reveal an electrified sports saloon concept at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. Its intentions are three-fold: it will preview an upcoming production model, as well as the brand’s latest design language and the firm’s newest flexible architecture, specially designed to accommodate electrified powertrains.

The new design language is planned for use in the firm’s future electrified range, with the manufacturer claiming it has been influenced by modern, minimalist Japanese architecture and art. Much like the 2018 Q Inspiration concept, the Qs Inspiration will feature a spacious, clutter-free interior and crisp exterior styling.

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The Japanese firm tells us the interior of its new concept will be separated into two sections: a driver-focused cockpit and a “relaxed passenger zone”, which supposedly makes the most of the car’s generous proportions. Infiniti says it has drawn inspiration from its 1989 Q45 saloon, so expect a long wheelbase, plenty of rear legroom and deeply-padded back seats.

Details on the Qs Inspiration’s powertrain are still closely guarded. Infiniti’s chairman, Christian Meunier, said: “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."

Should the Infiniti Qs Inspiration concept ever make it to production, it’s unlikely we’ll see it on UK roads. The Japanese firm recently announced its plans to withdraw from the European marketplace in 2020, opting instead to focus on its electrification strategy for its US and Chinese customers.

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