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Old 04-06-2012, 08:12 PM   #1
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Lightbulb 2015 Infiniti LE Concept

http://onlocation.consumerreports.or...E_Concept.html

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What is it? A longer version of the all-electric Nissan Leaf with a shorter name, the LE applies the electric-car platform to an upscale sedan. The body is sized similarly with the Infiniti G, and it has a slippery drag coefficient of 0.25.

It uses the same 24-kWh lithium-ion battery pack as in the Leaf, in conjunction with a standard 50-kW quick-charge port (based on the Japanese ChaDeMo standard).

CR’s take: The LE indicates how serious Infiniti’s parent-company Nissan is about electric cars. While it is a concept, Nissan said it plans to have such a car in showrooms in “near similar” form within two years.

When will it be available? Spring 2014.
One feature not mentioned in the blurb above is that this concept features an inductive charging mat (visible underneath the rear bumper in the rear 3/4 shot), over which the car positions itself automatically using self-parking technology. I gleaned that bit from the Infiniti promo video itself.




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Old 04-06-2012, 08:15 PM   #2
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My own take on it is that it's not going to save the world, similar to the Prius, yet may present a nice slightly-lower-total-impact choice for consumers who want a taste of luxury (including a near-silent drivetrain!) along with their granola. That class of consumer may well include my wife, and she probably will be looking for a car around the time this one or its successor is actually released in 2014. This'll have to go on her list, alongside the Prius PHEV, Prius V, ES 300h, RX 450h, and Ford Fusion Energi PHEV.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:20 PM   #3
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A nicer/pricier Hyundai Sonata? It looks like its twin... a real shame for Infiniti. Hopefully the production car will look different enough. I prefer internal combustion and a turbo, so not interested in this car.

But I did use to own an '06 M45S and really liked it, but it looked like nothing else on the market. This car on the other hand...
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:26 PM   #4
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And, BTW, both Mercedes and Jaguar had the split screen in their offering for a couple of years now, so I don't understand the claim in the article that Infiniti is the first major manufacturer to employ that feature in their car.
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^^^Just what I was thinking. I would expect Infiniti to blaze a trail not just follow one that is already cut.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:29 PM   #6
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And, BTW, both Mercedes and Jaguar had the split screen in their offering for a couple of years now, so I don't understand the claim in the article that Infiniti is the first major manufacturer to employ that feature in their car.
They've offered a single screen that offers different images for the driver and passenger. This one does both that but also has two physical screens (nav and info?). It's a stupid distinction but a distinction nonetheless.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:44 PM   #7
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Very Hyundai on the exterior.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:46 PM   #8
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over the past few years exterior styling has really become a "copy the newest look" game... i guess hyundai's got the best look...
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That is a lot of beige, around a grille that reminds me of a bond villain.

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This should have been the new Altima. Its sleek and sporty. It looks wayyyy better minus the Honda Accord wheels.
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The inspriation behind the Infiniti's styling direction:

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