Last month we were told that Infiniti is working on its own version of the Nissan Leaf that will stay true to the brand”s promise of “Inspired Performance” – and well, that had us hoping that it would look less like a Nissan Leaf and sportier and more luxurious like an Infiniti.
Well, U.S. officials of Infiniti were hanging out at Nissan’s San Diego styling studio earlier this year and complained that the car looked like another version of the Leaf but now things have apparently changed. Ben Poore, vice president of the North American Infiniti Business Unit, says more recent designs have corrected the problem.
“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.”
Larry Dominique, North American vice president for Nissan and Infiniti product planning, says the Leaf and the Infiniti version will share a platform and a lot of the driving components “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,” he said.
“It has to accelerate like an Infiniti. It has to be an Infiniti from the standpoint of dynamic performance.”
– By: Omar Rana