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Shanghai Auto Show: Infiniti Qs Inspiration

Concept Electrified Sports Sedan

Infiniti, the upmarket division of Nissan, has been woefully under-represented with electrified cars and SUVs. This is particularly notable since the Nissan Leaf is the electric car worldwide sales leader. Infiniti’s non-electric days are about to change.

The Infiniti Qs Inspiration concept previews a coming EV design

Infiniti previewed its concept sports sedan this week, the Qs Inspiration, at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. Infiniti says the Qs Inspiration has been “developed for the electrified era,” it previews a forthcoming production model and hints at the company’s electrified future.” Clean Fleet Report couldn’t be happier with this news.

Through photos provided by Infiniti, the design is elegant, with the tiniest of tiny headlight slits that frame a glowing Infiniti logo. The only interruption on the smooth front end are brake cooling openings, set low on the far outer fascia. From the side view, the Qs Inspiration sits taller than a traditional sedan, paying homage to the massively popular crossover segment. Without door handles, the rear doors could swing out or up. The swoopy roof leads to a large rear window, and following the front design, very small slits for the tail lights. The Qs Inspiration is slick!

Few Details

Infiniti did not release power, battery or range information, but did say the all-wheel drive Qs Inspiration “presents us with an opportunity to renew our credentials as an innovative challenger brand in the premium segment, where there is growth potential for electric vehicles globally.”

Built to look fast.

Remember, Infiniti is debuting the Qs Inspiration in China, which is where the car will be built. As Infiniti puts it, this “presents an opportunity to reinvent the Infiniti brand globally through high-performance, low-emissions models.” To say the least, Infiniti is placing significant importance on the Qs Inspiration, as it is the first of a new-generation of electrified vehicles.

Pricing was not announced, but it should fall in-line with the Tesla S, which will be one of its main competitors.

So how excited should we be about a car that is a concept and will initially be sold in China? Clean Fleet Report says we should be very excited, as Infiniti will not go to these lengths for a beautiful car like the Qs Inspiration and not sell it in the United States and Europe.

Stay tuned as Clean Fleet Report will have updates on the Qs Inspiration, and all other Infiniti models. To stay current, make sure to opt-in to the Clean Fleet Report newsletter (top right of page) to be notified of all new stories and vehicle reviews.

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About Author: John Faulkner

John Faulkner is an automotive marketing professional with more than 30 years experience branding, launching and marketing automobiles. He has worked with General Motors (all Divisions), Chrysler (Dodge, Jeep, Eagle), Ford and Lincoln-Mercury, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota on consumer events and sales training programs. His interest in automobiles is broad and deep, beginning as a child riding in the back seat of his parent's 1950 Studebaker. He has a keen appreciation of Art Deco design, no bias for domestic versus foreign makes and loves competition - whether that be F1, IndyCar, Sports Cars, NASCAR or participating in Track Days at places such as Laguna Seca, Thunderhill or Willow Springs. John lives in Dana Point, CA, and enjoys a top-down drive on PCH on an early Sunday morning.

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