All-Electric Infiniti Concept To Debut In Detroit

Infiniti is set to reveal an all-electric concept at January’s Detroit Auto Show next year.

Autocar received word from company design boss Alfonso Albaisa that the concept will preview an electric vehicle set to hit the market in 2019. It won’t be an all-electric version of an existing model either. Instead, it will be all-new.

Although Nissan could have provided Infiniti with the platform from the 2018 Leaf, Albaisa says its first all-electric model will instead utilize a bespoke platform and share componentry with the Prototype 9 Concept from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Infiniti boss Roland Krueger revealed earlier in the year that the company has “lots of engineering competencies we can tap into and utilize [from Nissan].”

No details are known about the vehicle’s electric powertrain but it would make sense if it shared some components with the 2018 Leaf, even if it is based on a different platform. Likely crossover parts would be the Leaf’s 40-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and the hatchback’s 147 hp electric motor.

Note: Infiniti LE Concept pictured.

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  • I’mCallingYouOut

    I’m getting some last-gen Hyundai Elantra vibes.

  • KidRed

    The Nissan Sentra looks the same. Infiniti mailed this one in apparently.

  • SteersUright

    Was there a corporate directive stating that Infiniti’s and Nissan’s must be ugly, I mean “unique”? Is this a robot fish, one of Jules Verne’s practice submarines, or just a joke? Good lord, from Acura/Honda to Nissan/Infiniti and I haven’t forgotten about you, Toyota/Lexus, what on earth is going on with Japanese auto design? There is only one company still carrying the torch for good looking Japanese cars and that’s Mazda. Thank goodness for them.

  • dn12005

    This is the LE Concept which was revealed back in early 2012.

    INFINITI also revealed the Emerg-e Concept (a PHEV) later on in 2012. Autocar, which had the exclusive interview with Alphonso Albaisa, reported that this new electric car will be a performance EV. If that is truly the case, this concept (and reportedly MY ’20 production) car will likely draw design cues from it.