INFINITI Qs Inspiration previews a future electrified INFINITI model

The new concept offers a new perspective on sports sedans with an elevated driving position and high-performance electrified all-wheel drive power

The lack of a grille is a clear design trope for the Qs Inspiration’s electric powertrain(Credit: Infiniti)

Infiniti plans to hit the Chinese automotive market with electric vehicles, starting with its first collaborative concept, the Qs Inspiration. Designed in partnership with renowned architect Kengo Kuma, the Infiniti Qs Inspiration Concept is being shown in Shanghai as a model to be built in China for China.

The Qs Inspiration features an elevated driving position and all-wheel drive(Credit: Infiniti)

The Qs Inspiration features an elevated driving position and all-wheel drive. Infiniti has promised that the concept previews a forthcoming production model, and that the brand plans to offer electric and e-Power (electrified) powertrains across its lineup. The concept was designed to be flexible in its architecture, allowing some modular options for both powertrains and body styles.

Computer aided placement of the Qs Inspiration into the forest begins the electrification theme(Credit: Infiniti)

Infiniti designers reinterpreted the “three-box” sedan design that’s dominated the market for most of the sedan’s lifespan. Exterior proportions in most sedans are designed by starting with three basic boxes: a large box for the passenger compartment flanked by a somewhat smaller box for the engine compartment and a smaller box for the deck (trunk).

The concept was designed to be flexible in its architecture, allowing some modular options for both powertrains and body styles(Credit: Infiniti)

This three-box design is then reconfigured by sliding the boxes one direction or the other to elongate or shrink according to design needs, changing proportions slightly each time but without changing the overall dynamics of balance. So a larger passenger compartment and smaller hood might keep that balance whereas a larger hood and trunk, without changing the passenger compartment, would not.

The sketch shown earlier is made reality with the interior’s final design for the Qs Inspiration(Credit: Infiniti)

With the Infiniti Qs Inspiration Concept, designers elongated the passenger compartment without changing the engine (hood), while virtually eliminating the deck. This design is what most modern sedans have as their primary motif, especially with European makes as exemplified by both BMW and Jaguar.

The collaboration with Kuma involved the Infiniti booth wherein the new Qs Inspiration is being showcased(Credit: Infiniti)

The collaboration with Kuma involved the Infiniti booth wherein the new Qs Inspiration is being showcased. The Kuma-san-designed booth is geared towards “expressing a new visual poetry, harmony and innovation,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for Global Design, Nissan Motor.

Infiniti sees the electrification of its fleet, especially in China, as an opportunity to reinvent its brand globally. The concept is shown in the video below.

Source: Infiniti

More dynamic CGI iterations of the Infiniti Qs Inspiration Concept in a man-made environment show its potential(Credit: Infiniti)
Early design sketches for the Infiniti Qs Inspiration Concept were low, fast, and began the alteration of the “three-box sedan” design(Credit: Infiniti)
Infiniti has promised that the concept previews a forthcoming production model(Credit: Infiniti)
Infiniti designers reinterpreted the “three-box” sedan design that’s dominated the market for most of the sedan’s lifespan(Credit: Infiniti)
With the Infiniti Qs Inspiration Concept, designers elongated the passenger compartment without changing the engine (hood), while virtually eliminating the deck(Credit: Infiniti)
The slatted-style panoramic glass roof allows light to enter the Qs Inspiration’s cabin in a diffuse manner(Credit: Infiniti)
The light diffusion gives the Infiniti Qs Inspiration a more roomy, but modern and minimalist appeal(Credit: Infiniti)
The roof’s slats are mirrored on the light covers on the Infiniti Qs Inspiration Concept(Credit: Infiniti)
More slats are seen on the Qs Inspiration Concept’s wheels(Credit: Infiniti)
With a pillarless design, the Infiniti Qs Inspiration Concept allows full access to its interior(Credit: Infiniti)
An early design CGI, based on sketches, shows the steering wheel in the Qs Inspiration and its primary touch points(Credit: Infiniti)
Rear seating in the Infiniti Qs Inspiration Concept were conceptualized in sketches like this(Credit: Infiniti)
A sketch shows the steering wheel’s position with its new design and placement within the Qs Inspiration’s cabin(Credit: Infiniti)
Seat rails and supports are deeply inset to give the chairs a floating appearance in the Infiniti Qs Inspiration(Credit: Infiniti)

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Jon Walsh
Senior Manager, INFINITI Global Communications
INFINITI Motor Company Ltd., Hong Kong
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jon.walsh@INFINITI.com

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