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Infiniti has just released a teaser design sketch of what it’s upcoming luxury electric car will look like. Believed to be based on the same platform as Nissan Leaf EV, the Infiniti model is set to hit dealers in North America in 2013.
Little info is available yet, but Infiniti promises the EV will deliver “Inspired Performance” and will be a, “stylish, high performance five-seat luxury vehicle with zero emissions technology.”
Previous rumors have suggested the Infiniti model could use a more powerful battery to deliver more Infiniti-like performance.
Infiniti will use the car to promote a greener image for the Japanese luxury brand, putting an increased focus on hybrid and electric vehicles. Infiniti will launch its first hybrid, the M35h, at the LA Auto Show in November.
Official release after the jump:
Nissan has already come clean on plans to build an Infiniti-branded version of its new Leaf electric car, but that doesn’t mean the brand’s luxury arm will just get a rebadged version of the functional eco-mobile. According to a report by Automotive News, Infiniti has already rejected several design and engineering proposals for the car because they were too similar to the Leaf itself and didn’t live up to what the Infiniti brand stands for.
Infiniti has already made it clear that it will bring an electric car to market and according to recent reports, the luxury EV will be based on Nissan’s upcoming Leaf electric car. Due out around 2014, the Infiniti version will be zero-emissions, but it won’t be slow. By that time, Nissan/Infiniti plans that lithium-ion battery advancements should allow a range similar to the Leaf (roughly 100 miles), while offering improved performance. Currently, the Leaf is rated at 107-hp and 207 ft-lbs of torque.