Following its appearance at the New York Autoshow earlier this year, the Infiniti LE Concept will make its European debut at the Paris Motor Show this September. The LE is Infiniti’s first 100% electric car and their answer to cars like Chevrolet Volt. It’s a pure electric car though, and not a range-extended EV. The LE in fact has the same powertrain as Nissan LEAF.
Inifnit’s VP of production says LE Concept is a ‘production intent’ concept and most of what you see will become a reality. That is bad news, because look at it, the car’s hideous. They better change the looks if they are serious about producing it. Ugly it might be, but this four-door sedan – which has the same sort of size as Infiniti G – has great aerodynamic efficiency with an impressive Cd (drag coefficient) of 0.25.
The lithium-ion batteries under the floor will provide the go juice for the electric motor that makes 100kW (134PS) and 325Nm (240lb ft) of torque. A shift knob offers several driving modes, while a centre cluster shows information such as a dynamic range calculator, using a mix of digital and analogue displays. The car’s range is, at best, 160 km.
Infinit LE Concept will line up alongside the award-winning Emerg-e sports car concept and M35h production hybrid, as well as the FX Vettel Edition and the Red Bull F1 car at the Paris show.