The Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show indicated that Infiniti plans to introduce a Mercedes S-Class-rivaling full-size luxury saloon. An Infiniti official has revealed to Automotive News Europe now that the company has started development of a flagship plug-in hybrid vehicle. This could indeed be the production version of the Q80 Inspiration concept.
The flagship plug-in hybrid Infiniti is being developed at Nissan’s Cranfield R&D centre in England, the source said. The Mercedes S 500 plug-in hybrid and the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid are being considered as benchmarks during the development.
This isn’t the only electrified Infiniti in the plans. Nissan Motor’s luxury marque is also planning an all-electric car, as per an earlier report. It should be the production version of the Nissan Leaf-based Infiniti LE pure electric concept (below) that was unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.
According to the previous report, Nissan executives told shareholders this year that the they are developing an electric-vehicle battery system that could provide a driving range of more than 300 miles (483 km) per charge.
This all-electric Infiniti could arrive around 2018-19 but shouldn’t be a full-size vehicle though. It will probably be a compact model sharing battery tech with the second generation Nissan leaf arriving next year.
[Source: Automotive News Europe]