Infiniti will unveil an all-new electric concept in January.
Infiniti is set to unveil an all-new electric concept vehicle at this January's Detroit auto show, a top company official has revealed.
Following the industry's shift toward battery electrics, Infiniti design head Alfonsa Albaisa confirmed to the UK's Autocar that the company will introduce a new EV concept at the upcoming Detroit show. Albaisa said the EV will be a new model line, rather than a derivative of an existing Infiniti product.
Likewise, Albaisa revealed that the Infiniti electric would not ride on a version of the Nissan Leaf's chassis. Instead, the Infiniti plug-in will be based on an all-new platform. That should give the car better driving dynamics than the Leaf. However, Infiniti will likely lean on parent company Nissan for know-how when it comes to the car's electric drivetrain. "There are lots of engineering competencies we can tap into and utilize," Infiniti head Roland Krueger said.
Infiniti recently showed an electric concept car at Pebble Beach that was inspired by race cars from the 1940. Although that car's vintage body work isn't likely to see production, its 148 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque electric motor could be tapped for Infiniti's upcoming concept.
Infiniti also showed an electric concept known as the LE back in 2012. That vehicle had a much more production feasible design, but rode on the same architecture as the Nissan Leaf.
Infiniti could launch a production version of the Detroit concept as early as 2019.