Infiniti teases 2 new electric SUVs as part of the future range [Update]

With every established automaker sharing their vision for complete zero-emission carlines, Nissan’s luxury arm, Infiniti, isn’t about to get left behind. It announced on 30 November 2021, that by the end of the decade, most of its vehicles will have electrification. In a brief video of the announcement, two new Infiniti electric SUV models were teased.

Design

Source: TIMECAR/Youtube

The video first is a glimpse of what likely is the brand’s new EV design language. Infiniti is strongly hinting at full-width light strips at the front and rear, a design cue that has become a cliche of modern EVs, especially design concepts. At the end of the video, three futuristic Infiniti EV concepts drive off into the sunset, a sleek fastback/hatchback, an SUV-coupe, and the SUV.

The electric SUV-coupe and SUV feature full-width headlights and tail lights. The tail lights with their arrow segments that enlarge toward the outer ends are reminiscent of the Audi e-tron GT. The SUV-coupe sits noticeably low and appears to have a roofline that falls dynamically from the B-pillar. It is more athletic, perhaps designed to appeal to the style-conscious.

Infiniti EV line-up rear teaser
The Infiniti electric SUV models include one conventionally-shaped vehicle, and a coupe-styled one. Image Source: Infiniti

The SUV has a relatively boxier, conventional silhouette, for a higher focus on space and practicality. Its higher ground clearance and possibly longer wheelbase will allow packing a large battery pack that provides more range and offer all-road ability. However, the SUV-coupe could make up for its smaller dimensions with better aerodynamic efficiency and lower weight.

Today, we announce that not only will most of the vehicles we sell by 2030 be electrified, but also that those vehicles will embody our unique take on modern Japanese luxury.

Infiniti’s Chairman Peyman Kargar, on 30 November, 2021

The Infiniti SUV-coupe could be a technical cousin of the production Nissan Chill-Out concept, whereas the Infiniti SUV could be connected to the unannounced Ariya-based large electric SUV that Helen Perry hinted to Autocar in 2020. Perry is the Head of Electric Passenger Cars & Infrastructure at Nissan’s Europe division.

CMF-EV platform

Infiniti hasn’t disclosed the launch timelines, or any other information of its future EVs. However, it is likely that the first Infiniti electric cars would ride on the CMF-EV platform of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Not to be confused with the CMF-BEV platform for the B-segment, the CMF-EV platform is useable for C- and D-segment models and currently underpins the Nissan Ariya and the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, and will support the successor of the Nissan Leaf, offering all-wheel drive capability.

Features

Infiniti’s zero-emission SUVs may come with the best and the most innovative features in the brand’s whole line-up. On the outside, key features may include an illuminated brand logo (front), all-LED lights, sequential turn signals, and 20-inch or larger wheels. Digital climate control panel with capacitive haptic switches, flat, open floor without a transmission tunnel, adjustable center console (front), fully digital instrument cluster, etc. should be among the interior highlights.

ProPILOT

The Infiniti electric SUVs should feature ProPILOT for hands-free, autonomous driving. Nissan has said that it wants to equip over 2.5 million Nissan and Infiniti vehicles by FY2026 with this technology. By FY2030, it aims to have virtually every new model available with a LiDAR sensor that could bring significant improvements to ProPILOT and expand its list of functions.

e-4ORCE

The Infiniti electric SUVs should be available in all-wheel drive variants that make use of two motors, one for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels. Nissan has a unique branding name for the twin-motor all-wheel-control technology – e-4ORCE. The number “4” in the name stands for the all-wheel control driving capability.

Infiniti sales in 2021

Infiniti sold 47,603 vehicles in the U.S. during the first three quarters of 2021, making a year-over-year decline of 19.3%. Perhaps, the preparations for the all-new QX60 launch in the fall affected the sales, besides the shortage of semiconductor chips. Deliveries of the all-new QX60 in the U.S. commenced on November 23, 2021. In addition to increasing Infiniti’s sales, the new electric SUVs should enhance its brand image. In an interview with Gear Patrol published in May 2021, Peyman Kargar, CEO, Infiniti, had said that he wants to push the brand further upmarket.