This would indicate that news of a release date, and even the appearance of a pre-production model, may not be far away.
The ‘on again, off again’ LE project has been the subject of some speculation with earlier reports that development had stalled on the direction of former Infiniti global boss Johan de Nysschen.
Those reports were later contradicted by influential US industry paper, Automotive News, but, until now, there had been no confirmation from within Infiniti as to the official status of the project.
However, Australian Infiniti Cars General Manager of Communications Peter Fadeyev confirmed to TMR that the project is alive.
“The Infiniti LE Concept, as shown at previous international motor shows, remains in development," Mr Fadeyev said.
"Market release timing and final model specifics will be announced closer to the time of its release."
While Automotive News has reported that production is not expected to begin until late 2017 or early 2018, it may be somewhat earlier.
And the reason is Daimler AG, Mercedes Benz.
And, Infiniti’s Q50 2.0 litre turbo - which we drove and on which we can provide some very good news when the embargo lifts Friday - uses the same Mercedes-developed 2.0 litre turbo as found in the C-Class.
But there is a quid pro quo in the Nissan/Renault alliance with Daimler AG.
Nissan/Renault, an Infiniti insider confirmed to TMR, is to share its EV, hybrid and battery technology with Daimler AG for use in Mercedes products in return.
That’s where Nissan/Renault’s advanced EV development will come in. And it won’t be waiting three years for the next-gen plug-in EV technology promised with the LE.
The market is ‘electrifying’ far too quickly for a company like Mercedes to give its premium competitors a head start.
Which, in this unusual world of strange bedfellows, will also speed the Infiniti LE to market.
Perhaps, given the “chatter” that seems to be flowing a little more freely about the product, Infiniti might have a surprise in store at Los Angeles, if not the Paris Motor Show.
Will we see it in Australia?
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