At the 2012 New York Auto Show Infiniti has revealed the LE Concept, a near-production prototype that previews an upcoming zero emission luxury sedan model. Largely based on the bits that make up the Nissan LEAF, the LE is set to be the first mass-market luxury EV when it goes on sale in 2014.
The Infiniti LE Concept features an advanced electric vehicle drivetrain equipped with a wireless charging system, and previews a production model expected to be launched within the next two years.
According to Infiniti, the LE Concept boasts a 24kWh lithium-ion battery made up of 192 cells, positioned under the passenger compartment floor. For those keeping track, this sounds like the same battery used in the Nissan Leaf. The 100kw electric motor, however, is upsized for this application. The LE’s 134 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque represent increases of 24 horses and 30 lb-ft over its less powerful sibling.
The surface treatment is very sculptural: the most distinctive elements are the strong character line that runs from the headlights to the tail lights, defining the entire flanks, and the window graphics with the trademark crescent-cut rear-pillar.
Following some current trends for electric vehicles, the interior is characterized by a hi-tech look underlined by the combination of the white/light grey surfaces and blue LED lighting, contrasted by the polished aluminum trims and the dark grey of the upper part of the dashboard and door panels.
There’s plenty of technology packed into the LE Concept, including what the automaker calls Infiniti Connection, which includes Infiniti’s Personal Assistant 24-hour concierge service, navigation, and POI search. Also on the menu is a wireless charging system in addition to the standard DC 50 kW quick charger.
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