These six EVs are different from the company’s long-term plans

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is making moves to beef up its respective electric car portfolios. The alliance currently has plans to build 12 all-electric models by 2022. Of those 12 EV models, we now know that four models will head to Nissan while another two will go to Infiniti.

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Nissan getting four EV models opens the door for a number of possibilities

These all-electric models are to be expected because we’ve known about the companies plans a while ago. We do know now what each brand’s share is going to be.

Nissan getting four EV models opens the door for a number of possibilities. Off the bat, we can slot in the production version of the IMx crossover concept in one of those four spots. The concept was unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, and it’s already being pegged as a potential competitor to the Tesla Model X. It’s unclear how Nissan plans to fill the remaining three EV spots from its share, but it’s possible that an SUV and a sedan will be the mix. The last of those four spots is up to interpretation. It’s possible that Nissan launches another crossover/SUV to fill one spot because of how popular the segment has become these days. An electric sports car is also a possibility, one that’s likely to generate a lot of interest from people who are starving for a new Nissan performance ride to complement the aging 370Z and the irrepressible GT-R.

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Infiniti’s plans for its two EV slots are less known at the moment

Meanwhile, Infiniti’s plans for its two EV slots are less known at the moment. We do know that Nissan’s luxury brand has plans to make an aggressive push towards electrification. It’s already announced plans to shift all of its all-new models to either hybrid technology or all-out electrification. The first of these models is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2021. Infiniti could go a number of different ways with its slots. One of these spots could go to a luxury sedan that can rival the Model S. The introduction of the Q Inspiration Concept at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show hinted at that possibility with the absence of exhaust pipes on the concept. Outside of a sedan, the next likely candidate is a crossover or SUV. Perhaps an EV version of the QX50? Maybe one for the full-sized, range-topping QX80?

However Nissan or Infiniti wants to do it, what’s clear is that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance isn’t wasting any time getting their foot into the hybrid and electric markets. Take note, though, that these allotments only cover the short-term future of the Alliance’s plans. Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa revealed last month a longer-term plan to build up its lineup of hybrids and EVs, including Infiniti’s goal to have all of its new models sporting either powertrain.

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Source: Automotive News

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