Infiniti has taken the wraps off of its latest concept vehicle, the Etherea, at the Geneva motor show.
The Etherea is a FWD compact sedan coupe (4-seater) with a hybrid drivetrain similar to the Infiniti M35h, sporting the same single electric motor coupled to a twin clutch system design.
Powering the Etherea is a supercharged 2.5 liter, four-cylinder petrol engine with 245 PS (180 kW / 242 bhp) working in concert with an electric motor. Presiding over the transfer of power to the front wheels is a CVT.
The Etherea represents a first for Infiniti, being that it's a front-drive model. Also unique is the rear-hinged back doors and the absence of a B-pillar, all of which say 'concept' and not 'production'. The car measures 4.4 meters long.
The interior is a blend of premium cool and heritage design. A tech-themed dashboard that features dials radiating from the central tachometer is matched with the kimono-like piping on the seats and Inuyarai, vertical strips on the inside door panels, and a cabin trim called Kasane-Washi - a take on the Japanese parchment paper-style craft known as Washi.
Speaking of the concept, Infiniti's General Manager for Exploratory and Advanced Product, Francois Bancon, says:
"Etherea is not a stereotype. It is a little bit borderline. It is an expression of identity and personality. It adds new values, as well as conveying existing ones."