Nissan premium brand, Infiniti recovers the e-Power architecture of the group by aiming for the massive adoption by motorists of electric cars that are never plugged.
Specifically, a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder VC-Turbo heat pump with variable compression, filled with gasoline, recharges by rolling a battery of modest energy capacity (3.5 to 5.1 kWh). The pack powers 2 electric motors (1 at the front and the other at the back) which are the only ones to transmit their torque to the 4 driving wheels. Together, they will develop a maximum power between 185 and 320 kW, depending on model.
If Infiniti relies on this architecture, it is to eliminate 2 black spots that many motorists put forward to avoid the step of electric mobility: the difficulty to recharge the batteries, and insufficient autonomy.
The brand intends to electrify its entire range over the next 2 years and, eventually, move towards a 100% electric technology. To do this, it plans to develop a dedicated platform and 2 types of powertrain: electric fueled with gasoline, and 100% on traction battery.
The middle of the platform, between the 2 sets of wheels, will be fully occupied by a large capacity battery for 100% electric models. The others will welcome in the same space a reduced pack, the fuel tank and an exhaust system much smaller than usual. The new MR15DDT thermal block will be classically placed at the front.
No information on energy consumption. On the other hand Infiniti gives the time from 0 to 100 km / h, but must it communicate it? On the order of a Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD: 4.5 seconds.