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Infiniti’s first pure electric car will be a saloon

It also debuts the brand’s new direction in design, headlined by digital piano key lighting clusters

Published: 31 Oct 2023

Infiniti has unveiled the concept for its first all-electric vehicle and unlike most manufacturers, has opted to enter the market not with a nine-tonne SUV but instead with a saloon.

The “Vision Qe” - unveiled at the Japan Mobility Show - adopts the brand’s new design language which it calls “Artistry in Motion”, and welcomes the big changes that were originally expected to be teased with the Infiniti QX Monograph concept.

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Having ditched the signature double-arched grille, Infiniti has equipped the Qe with a remodelled front fascia that illuminates. In fact, the fascia isn’t the only section that lights up, with both the front and rear light clusters - which adopt the brand’s new ‘digital piano key’ design - also doing so.

Another one of the key new styling cues are the fissures along the side profile of the Qe, which takes inspiration from a single fluid design. In other words, a fancy way of saying that a pre-existing dent can still be made to look classy.

Furthering the look is a set of in-your-face geometric wheels that take inspiration from the coil of an electric motor. The whole design is then completed by a unique coat of Shadow Blue paint, which acts as the perfect springboard to allow the consortium of gold accents to flourish.

Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for global design, said: “Our designers began creating forms that, to me, looked like abstractions of a bird in flight – powerful, almost motionless, but generating such speed.”

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There’s no word on performance or statistics just yet, and given that Infiniti’s parent company, Nissan, currently only has the Ariya and the Leaf in its electric fleet, perhaps an all-new platform is in the works?

We can only speculate for now, given that Infiniti hasn’t even hinted at a potential release date or targeted price range as yet. We do, however, expect the final product to bear a number of resemblances to the Qe concept.

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