Remember when electric cars were funny little, over-priced hatches. There’s nothing small or odd about the Infiniti Qs Inspiration, a high-riding concept that blends sedan and SUV.

Set to debut at this week’s Shanghai motor show, the Qs Inspiration offers a new perspective on the design and layout of the sports sedan, with an elevated driving position and high-performance, electrified all-wheel drive (e-AWD) power.

Representing Infiniti’s desire to challenge tradition, the Qs Inspiration previews a forthcoming production model and hints at the company’s electrified future, in which the brand will offer electric and e-POWER powertrains.

The concept’s all-new flexible architecture has been developed specifically to accommodate high-performance electrified powertrains, and enables a reinterpretation of traditional ‘three-box’ sedan design.

Infiniti designers and engineers have been able to adapt the mechanical layout and physical proportions of the car, engaging drivers and keeping them connected to the road, while providing a sense of elevation and control.

Sedans have represented the backbone of Infiniti’s line-up since the brand’s inception in 1989, with enthusiast drivers drawn to their abundant power and low centre of gravity.

Three decades on from the arrival of the technology-laden Q45 sedan, the Qs Inspiration features a low-mounted powertrain and potent e-AWD system engineered to thrill drivers with instantaneous acceleration and sustained power delivery.

The raised driving position offers a clearer view of the road ahead, without a raised body to compromise dynamics.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.