The Infiniti Qs Inspiration sports sedan concept has just been introduced at the Shanghai Auto Show as a vehicle “developed for the electrified era.” It previews a future electrified model from Infiniti and may also preview the styling of the next Q50 and Q70 sedans.
The design of the Qs Inspiration is similar to the QX Inspiration Concept which was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January and adopts the design language which Infiniti’s forthcoming electrified vehicles will feature. It is aggressive, sporty, and shows that the car manufacturer is ready for what the future of the automotive industry holds.
There are a number of talking points found at the front of the concept. For example, there are a pair of thin LED headlights and most noticeably, the lack of a traditional grille. The car makes do without a grille because it features an all-electric powertrain but Infiniti’s designers clearly didn’t want to leave the concept’s front fascia bare. Consequently, there is a large illuminated Infiniti logo, illuminated ‘INFINITI’ text and a sharp, U-shaped LED light ensuring that despite the car not having a grille, it still has a face complete with a big grin.
Spin around to the sides and you will notice a set of large wheels and cameras rather than normal wing mirrors. The car also has blacked-out A-pillars and makes do without any B-pillars, allowing for easy ingress and egress. Making things even more simple are rear suicide doors. The rear fascia of the concept incorporates LED taillights and more illuminated ‘INFINITI’ text. If you thought the exterior was wild, just wait until you see the interior.
The roof of the Infiniti Qs Inspiration seems to be made up of some kind of lattice-work which despite clearly not being realistic for a production car, does provide the cabin with a unique ambiance. Further adding to the open and spacious feeling of the cabin are two large, couch-like chairs in the rear. Move up to the front and there are two modern bucket seats and a dashboard dominated by a digital gauge cluster.
Speaking about the car, senior vice president of global design for Nissan, Alfonso Albaisa, said “As designers, we are constantly inspired by the technology of our engineers and the Japanese design influences which are part of our DNA.”
“Here in Shanghai, we have not been alone on this journey. I am very honored to have had Kengo Kuma as a ‘sensei,’ helping us evolve and express a new language in our company architecture. In Shanghai, we reveal our Kuma-san-designed INFINITI booth, expressing a new visual poetry, harmony and innovation.”