The Infiniti LE concept has been unveiled at the 2012 New York auto show previewing the first electric production vehicle from the Japanese luxury sports manufacturer, due to hit showrooms within two years.
Infiniti Americas vice president Ben Poore promises “most of what you see in the LE concept will become a reality”, including the car’s zero-emission powertrain, telematics and connected services, sharp design and premium interior appointments.
The LE concept is a luxurious mid-size sedan that embraces Infiniti’s distinctive design language and draws inspiration from the brand’s recent Essence and Emerg-e concepts.
The signature double-arch front grille, dramatic shoulder line and crescent-cut rear pillars team with the EV’s slippery profile and aerodynamic-aiding elements, including the intricate aluminium-alloy wheels, side fin spoilers and rear diffuser.
Finished in brushed metallic silver paint, the LE concept sports a solid pearl-effect front grille and blue-illuminated front, rear and side skirts.
The cabin exhibits a comparatively conservative expression of Infiniti’s ‘double wave’ layout, with the designers placing emphasis on optimising comfort and space.
While the design is simple, there’s no shortage of high-tech features, which are headlined by the centre stack’s twin touch screens with cloud computing connectivity, the sculpted shift knob and flowing blue ambient lighting.