Infiniti Crafting its Own "High Performance" Version of the LEAF

Infiniti was introduced to America in 1989 as the luxury arm of Nissan, and since then it has blossomed to be an outright competitor for many European luxury sports brands like BMW and Audi. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the Inifiniti G35/37, and it has a very competitive entry price as well. I knew it wouldn’t take long for Infiniti to make plans for its own version of Nissan’s upcoming electric car, the LEAF.

Here it is… the first blurry sketch. What do you think?

I am of the opinion that most electric cars should, for the time being, be aimed at the upscale market due to the inherent costliness of current electric vehicle technology. I’m also hoping automakers will promote the power and speed electric vehicles can achieve, as there is still a general consensus out there that electric vehicles are slow and boring.

Nissan seems to be reading my mind. The Infiniti electric vehicle, which is due out sometime in 2013, will be a “stylish, high performance five-seat luxury vehicle with zero emissions technology.” It will of course be based on the LEAF… though it might ditch the Versa platform for something a little bigger (perhaps the Altima?) Sounds like a car I could see myself in. I just hope they can come up with a better name than this numbers crap Infiniti (and other luxury car makers, quite frankly) seem obsessed with. Infiniti Zero, maybe?

Source: Nissan

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.