The flagship sedan, to be built using a new electrified powertrain, first appeared as a concept car at the 2018 Detroit auto show and is one of three concepts Infiniti has shown in the last year as it begins to transform itself into an electrified brand.
Infiniti plans to electrify its entire portfolio from 2021 onward, using the e-Power serial hybrid or full-electric powertrains. But the company has been considering different ideas.
Infiniti believes that electrification could slow the decline of sedan sales. Electrification opens up the sedan’s interior and creates more passenger and cargo space by swapping bulky engines and transmissions for diminutive motors and inverters. The heavy battery, the heart of the EV, provides rigidity and lowers the vehicle’s center of gravity.