Infiniti LE Concept at New York Auto Show, April 2012
The Infiniti LE Concept was one of the few pure concept cars at last week's New York Auto Show media days, a design study that wasn't a production model but just an indication of how a future car might evolve.
In reality, though, Infiniti hasn't bothered to disguise the fact that the LE Concept is a pretty close approximation of a production car that will arrive in the luxury maker's lineup within two years.
The concept Infiniti LE is an all-electric vehicle, the first from Nissan's upscale arm, that's large enough to be called a mid-size sedan.
It rides on the platform of the Nissan Leaf now in production, using the same 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack in the floorpan, and will almost surely be built on the same assembly line in Smyrna, Tennessee, where Leaf production begins this December.
But the LE Concept has a more powerful electric motor driving the front wheels--100 kilowatts (134 horsepower), rather than the Leaf's 80-kW (107-hp) motor.
That may not sound like a lot, but the concept car's motor puts out 240 lb-ft of torque, and Infiniti mentioned its acceleration and performance a number of times, so we'd expect it to deliver at least somewhat spirited driving.
One unusual feature shown on the LE is the "wireless" inductive charging. If it makes the transition into the production car, it'll be the first application of this technology in any mass-produced electric car.
The video above shows our walkaround tour of the LE Concept, from its lit crystal grille to the wireless charging pad sticking out behind the car.
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