Infiniti EV Retro Prototype To Debut At The Pebble Beach

3 months ago by Mark Kane 6

Infiniti retro prototype to debut at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Infiniti has announced a EV retro prototype will debut at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, which is held on August 15th to 20th..

Infiniti retro prototype to debut at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

We really haven’t heard so much of any electrification plans from Nissan’s luxury brand, since the Infiniti LE Concept in 2012.

The earlier LE was basically a ‘luxury LEAF’ with an on again/off again production schedule, that was ultimately shelved when higher volume early plug-in sales failed to appear earlier this decade in the US.

The new-retro prototype is said to be equipped with “advanced EV technology“.

Hopefully this foreshadows that Nissan’s higher end brand is once again working on its first production plug-in offering.

“At the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, INFINITI will unveil a heritage-inspired prototype vehicle that captures the ingenuity and adventure of early motorsports with the brand’s contemporary “Powerful Elegance” design language. The new prototype not only celebrates INFINITI’s passion for design, but also the great roots of the company’s pioneer spirit and innovation mindset.

This prototype has been developed through a journey back to the roots of our company, and back forward again with the fusion of advanced EV technology and the hands and hearts of hundreds of craftsmen.”

Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design said:

“It started as a simple thought: What if we found a car, down at the southern tip of Japan, buried deep in the barn, hidden from all eyes for 70 years? What if in this car we found the seed of passion planted during our first Japanese Grand Prix and the power and artistry of INFINITI today? What would this discovery look like?”

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6 responses to "Infiniti EV Retro Prototype To Debut At The Pebble Beach"

  1. John Ray says:

    Wouldn’t that be interesting. An Infiniti branded EV in the mold of the Q50. Might make a nice Model 3 competitor. Bet it has power seats.

  2. speculawyer says:

    Oh, I forgot about that Infiniti LE. What a joke that was. An Infiniti body with basically an unmodified LEAF powertrain.

    It was such a joke that in view of the Tesla Model S, they never released it and quietly hid it away.

    1. Unplugged says:

      Yee of little faith. I can tell that Infiniti is serious this time. Just look at the quote:

      ” What if we found a car, down at the southern tip of Japan, buried deep in the barn, hidden from all eyes for 70 years?”

      Why, of course, Infiniti now plans to offer a competitive product to the Model 3. All they have to do is look “deep in the barn” and it will be sitting there.

      1. speculawyer says:

        Yes, barns in Japan are the best source of EV technology! Who needs South African immigrants when there are Japanese barns?!?! 😀

  3. NonBeliever says:

    As with all the past hype from Nissan, who is second only to VW for hype, believe it is real when they will sell you one. Otherwise, it’s nothing more than keeping their name in the news.

  4. Hybrider says:

    I own a 2012 Infiniti M35h Hybrid and though not EV it is a sweet, quick ride 🙂

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