Infiniti LE Concept Heads for Production in 2014

2012 New York Auto Show


  • Infiniti LE Concept Picture

    Infiniti LE Concept Picture

    Infiniti LE Concept. | April 05, 2012

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2012 New York Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Infiniti LE Concept previews the premium brand's first pure-electric car, due "within the next two years."
  • Infiniti said the LE sedan is "grounded in reality," with the production version slated to appear "in near similar form."
  • About the size of the Infiniti G sedan, the LE draws design inspiration from such previous Infiniti concepts as the 2009 Essence and the Emerg-E.

NEW YORK — The Infiniti LE Concept previews the brand's first pure-electric production car, due to market in 2014.

Introducing the LE this week at the 2012 New York Auto Show as a "production-intent" concept, Nissan's upscale brand said: "A production version is expected to reach Infiniti showrooms in near similar form within the next two years as Infiniti's first zero-emissions luxury sedan."

Infiniti said features on the LE that are likely to make it into production include the car's advanced telematics and connected services.

About the size of the Infiniti G sedan, the LE draws design inspiration from such previous Infiniti concepts as the Essence and the Emerg-E, which was unveiled last month at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. Among the styling cues are LED headlamps and taillamps, a rear aero diffuser, aero side fin spoilers with integrated illumination and a deep-skirted front fascia with illuminated aero fin spoiler. In addition, blue LED lighting flows around the lower body panels.

An electric charging port is hidden under the illuminated center Infiniti emblem in front, while a wireless inductive charger is positioned under the rear diffuser.

The LE is powered by an electric motor that delivers 240 pound-feet of torque and provides "exceptional acceleration," according to Infiniti. The motor is fed from a 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The cockpit features a violet-and-white color scheme with blue ambient lighting, a digital display with analog gauges, and seats covered in suede-and-mesh fabric with semi-aniline leather sides.

Advanced technology includes Intelligent Park Assist with Around View Monitor, as well as a suite of connected services, including Infiniti Personal Assistant 24-hour concierge service.

Edmunds.com says: Could this sporty EV possibly have come from the same company that brought us the Nissan Leaf?

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