2012 NY Auto Show Debut: Infiniti LE Concept To Arrive in 2014
The Infiniti LE Concept has finally made its world debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. The first mass-market luxury EV has however been scheduled to go on sales no sooner than 2014.
The Infiniti LE Concept draws its power from a 100-kW electric motor (while the Nissan Leaf carries a 80-kw electric motor) that produces 134 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Nissan Leaf on the other hand is rated at 107 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. However both the vehicles use the same 24-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that promises a driving range of about 100 miles on a single charge. A single-speed transmission sends the drive to the front wheels.
Measuring similar to the Infiniti G sedan, the concept is 9.4 in. longer than the Leaf thus rounding off to 186.4 inches. LE can be seen flaunting some design cues borrowed from the other Infiniti concepts like the Essence. Some of the exteriors highlights are aerodynamic 19-inch wheels, blue LED lighting, a rear aero diffuser, aero side fin spoilers with integrated illumination and lots more.
It is being said that the current design of the Infiniti LE Concept is almost 80 percent of production spec. “Most of what you see in the LE Concept will become a reality, including its zero emission powertrain, advanced telematics, cutting-edge design, advanced connected services and premium appointments,” said Infiniti’s Vice President of the Americas Ben Poore.
As we get into the cabin of this lavish concept, we are greeted by violet and white color scheme accented by blue LED lights, a big LCD screen to take control over the infotainment system, palm-shaped sculpted knob to control the drive system, mesh and leather seating and other numerous luxury touches. While an advanced wireless charging system makes charging hassle free, the drivers may make full use of the integrated intelligent Park Assist with Around View Monitor as well as automaker’s Personal Assistant 24-hour concierge service.
Sadly, there’s a lot of waiting at our sides to get our hands on the production ready Infiniti LE Concept. The car will be assembled at Nissan’s plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Check out the gallery below for a closer look.