A collection of leaked patent images has appeared online, potentially previewing the Infiniti LE electric vehicle.
Unveiled as a concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the LE was destined for production until former Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen directed the company to focus on new core models.
But the emergence of these patent images - along with a recent report suggesting the LE would be built by 2017 - points to a more likely future for the all-electric Infiniti.
The images show a ‘toned-down’ version of the concept’s styling, while keeping true to the lines of the 2012 motor show model.
The front is unmistakably Infiniti, while the rear seems to retain the concept’s tail lamps but the bottom of the bumper has been ‘ironed out’.
Power was initially expected to come from the Nissan Leaf’s 90kW/280Nm electric engine, which offers around 170km of range.
The concept was powered by a 100kW/325Nm electric motor with a predicted range of 161km.
Technical advances between now and 2017 along with a likely push from Infiniti to make the LE an up-market model could see a more powerful engine instead, with anywhere up to 300km or range.
Nissan is reportedly working to double the Leaf’s current range, along with the addition of a wireless charging system.
Both improvements would likely find their way into the Infiniti EV, with a chance the LE could debut the wireless charging system.
Further details for the Infiniti LE are unclear at this stage; keep watching TMR for more.
Images via VW Vortex