New concept from Japanese premium brand Infiniti features rear-hinged doors and no B-pillar and an interior finish with flourishes of Japanese culture.
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."