Infiniti suffered a huge blow a few weeks ago when CEO Johan de Nysschen jumped ship after two years on the job to take the helm at Cadillac. As boss, he spearheaded change within the Japanese luxury brand and was among the biggest champions of the Q50 Eau Rouge. However, the company is far from sunk. Plans put in place prior to de Nysschen leaving are still on the table, according to Nissan product planner Andy Palmer to Automotive News, and that could mean a rosy future for the once AWOL LE sedan (pictured above) and other models.

Back in 2012, Infiniti promised that it would have the LE on the market as a premium electric sedan by 2014. It was supposed to share the battery pack with the Nissan Leaf but with a more powerful, 134-horsepower motor. But have you seen one on the road recently? The luxury EV was eventually shelved, but de Nysschen pledged the idea wasn't dead. Maybe now is a better time for it. According to Automotive News, the LE is rescheduled to launch in 2017 or 2018. The latest version would use the Leaf platform but with a more potent, next-gen battery to give it a range over 90 miles.

Of course, the LE isn't the only thing on the way from Infiniti; it also appears to be planning a two-pronged approach for small cars. Palmer recently tweeted that the company would build the forthcoming Q30 hatchback and QX30 crossover in the UK in 2015. Additionally, the automaker is firing up a new joint venture factory in Mexico with Mercedes-Benz; building compact models there starting in 2017. According Automotive News, the Mexican-built models will be more US-focused while the UK-built ones will appeal more to Europeans.

Finally, it looks like de Nysschen's plan for a flagship Infiniti sedan may still see the road too around 2018. It will be called either the Q80 or Q90 and use four-door coupe styling with a turbocharged V6 boasting about 600 horsepower, according to AN. For a guy who is no longer with the company, he appears to still be casting a long shadow over its future products.

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      I hope they give it at least a 200 mile range or a range extender or this thing is going to be pretty pathetic for a luxury car.
      Master Austin
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm guessing Volvo would have a problem with the naming of the S80/Q80.
      • 8 Months Ago
      If the range is less than 150 miles, don't bother.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hope they make it safer (I'm referring to the earlier post about how the Leaf sucked at the small-overlap test).
      • 8 Months Ago
      More like: Infiniti getting Leaf-based electric fish car. Why does it look like a fish? What's wrong with cars that look like cars?
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like a Hyundai Elantra that was dealt a lot of hideous Infiniti curves
      • 8 Months Ago
      hopefully it will have a better crash test rating (doh!)
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hasn't Cadillac tried this, and not been very successful with its Volt based car?
      Anonymous Coward
      • 8 Months Ago
      90 miles. haha.
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      It looks like they put aluminum foil over the grille... love the eyebrow on the headlight though
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm getting woozy just looking at it. No thank you to the exterior design.
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