Infiniti aims to launch first China-made electric vehicle in 3 years

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Infiniti aims to launch first China-made electric vehicle in 3 years

On Wednesday, ahead of the 2019 Shanghai auto show, the Infiniti Qs Inspiration concept sedan gave us a glimpse of what may be coming in 2021 or shortly thereafter.

Infiniti will launch the updated EV concept at the Shanghai Auto Show 2019.

Sporting a gapless front grille, sleek headlights, large wheels, a sloping roofline and barely-there side-view mirrors, the Qs Inspiration is still clearly not yet road ready, however it is built on an all-new flexible architecture to accommodate "high-performance powertrains", according to Infiniti.

First off, it's a sedan.

Automakers operating in China have to sell more new-energy vehicles, either battery electric cars or plug-in electric hybrids, to comply with official production quotas created to reduce smog.

So far, we can see the vehicle will feature the company's e-Power parallel hybrid powertrain technology, offer all-wheel drive, and even perhaps have raised ground clearance a-la an SUV.

Giving Tesla a run for its money, Nissan Motor premium brand Infiniti is planning to launch a sporty e-sedan in the next three years targeting the luxury segment.

Infiniti Australia sales have, for the first quarter of the year, improved, increasing 55.8 per cent to 162 units compared to the same period last year.

The planned e-sedan is part of Infiniti's longer-term strategy to mainly "electrify" its product lineup. The vehicle will preview future models that the carmaker will unveil later down the line and will be powered by EV and hybrid powertrains.

The interior would be significantly different from current models, noted the design head, Karim Habib. EVs do not have bulky gasoline engines and transmissions, opening up space within the vehicle.

Competition in China's rapidly emerging electric auto market is heating up amid an onslaught of models from startups such as Nio and WM Motor, as well as those from established automakers.

"It will have a flat floor, and if you are a passenger you can cross your legs or stretch out your legs", Habib told Reuters.

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