Infiniti’s future models will offer drivers a choice of electrified powertrains as the brand embraces new technology to propel its vehicles. These include fully-electric systems, as well as a gas-generated EV system (known as e-POWER at Nissan) in which a gasoline engine generates electrical power stored in a battery, which can then be delivered to all four wheels through a pair of high-output electric motors.
To illustrate the brand’s powertrain development direction, Infiniti has revealed a trio of concept cars in recent years: the Q Inspiration, Qs Inspiration and QX Inspiration.
Two powertrains, one platform
The fully-electric and gas-generated EV powertrain options will be matched with dedicated platforms and vehicle architectures under Infiniti’s new ‘two powertrains, one platform’ approach to model development.
Delivering battery power to a high-performance e-AWD (electric all-wheel drive) system, the platforms of all Infiniti’s future electrified cars will be engineered to accommodate a pair of high-output electric motors – one on the front axle, one on the rear. For electric vehicles, the space between the two axles will house a high-capacity battery pack varying in capacity from 3.5 to 5.1 kWh depending on model, while gas-generated EV models will feature a significantly smaller battery pack, accompanied by a fuel tank and exhaust system connected to a front-mounted VC-Turbo gasoline generator that powers the battery pack. For all models, drive will be provided solely by electric motors.