Infiniti wants a more luxurious look for its version of the LEAF EV

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2010

Infiniti announced that they are taking pains in order to ensure that their version of the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle will be markedly different and more upscale. The design of the upcoming car was reviewed at Nissan's San Diego styling studio but it appears that the new car is just another version of the LEAF, according to the ones who saw it.

But, it appears that more recent designs solved that problem, according to Ben Poore, vice president of the North American Infiniti Business Unit.

"I was in Japan last week and saw the final three or four designs for the car," Poore says. "And I can tell you without a doubt that we're going to have a uniquely Infiniti product."

Regarding the Nissan LEAF, for those who don't know, this was recently priced at about $25,000 after government incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles are applied.

Also, it appears the LEAF and the upcoming Infiniti electric car will share lots of drivetrain components, according to Larry Dominique, North American vice president for Nissan and Infiniti product planning.

"But we think it needs to be very unique, not only in exterior design but in interior materials and in terms of its driving performance. It has to accelerate like an Infiniti. It has to be an Infiniti from the standpoint of dynamic performance. The Leaf will be a great vehicle, but it's very clearly Nissan. The Infiniti version will have to be purely Infiniti." said Dominique.

Up front, the new Nissan Leaf is marked by a sharp, upright V-shaped design, as characterized by long, upward-slanting LED headlights with a blue internal reflective styling. These headlights were designed to split and re-channel the flow of air away from the door mirrors, which help cut both wind noise and aerodynamic drag. As they employ LED units, the headlights consume just 10 percent of the electricity used up by conventional lamps, helping the new LEAF deliver a great electric range.

The stylish interior of the new Nissan Leaf is made possible by bright trim colors, employing a "blue earth" color theme derived from Aqua Globe body color of the EV’s first model. This theme is apparent inside the cabin of the Leaf though the blue dashboard highlights and instrument illumination.

One of the wonders of the new Nissan Leaf -- aside from its electric powertrain – is its exclusive advanced IT system that is linked to a global data center. This IT system provides support, information, and entertainment for drivers any time of the day.

The new Nissan Leaf also features a dash-mounted monitor that show its remaining power (reachable area) as well as a selection of nearby charging stations.

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