Infiniti to launch new electric car in January 2018 0

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Infiniti, the luxury car arm of Japanese car giant Nissan, is planning to introduce an all-electric car slated to make its debut at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show.

This will go some way to easing the disappointment felt by fans following the news that the brand’s impressive Prototype 9 electric car, launched earlier in the year, was never intended for production.

Styled as a retro grand prix car, the Prototype 9 wowed fans with its old-school looks and beautiful workmanship.

Infiniti have said the new all-electric car is set to enter production soon and should go on sale at some point within the next two years. A teaser version should be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in early 2018.

The new EV will be an entirely fresh design, not an electric version of one of the brand’s current stable.

Speaking at the recent Monterey car week, Infiniti’s head of design, Alfonsa Alabaisa confirmed aspects of the Prototype 9, which so impressed fans, would feature on the new EV “but in a different context”.

President of Infiniti, Roland Krueger, said the new car will continue the firm’s brand values, notably with regards to handling and performance.

Nissan – the parent company of Infiniti – have revealed that the car will be based on the platform of the new Leaf 2018 and Kreuger said there “are lots of engineering competencies we can tap into and utilise”.

This will be the first time Infiniti has has released an electric car since 2014. That version was a LE concept powered by a 24kW lithium-ion battery with 134bhp and 325 Nm of torque.

Infiniti have not confirmed whether or not the new electric car will follow the design of the LE concept.   

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