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Infiniti Etherea Concept

The highlight of Infiniti’s booth at the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show is undoubtedly the all-new Etherea concept study that is a preview of an upcoming entry-level model that will allow the Japanese automaker to compete with the BMW 1-Series and the Audi A3. The production version of this concept will most likely be launched sometime in 2014.

Infiniti Etherea Concept

The car was designed in Japan under the command of Shiro Nakamura who borrowed a few styling ideas from the Essence sports car concept launched in 2009 and he incorporated this design into a five-door body style. According to the company, the concept is “part elegant coupe, part spacious sedan, part practical hatchback and even part tall crossover.”

Infiniti Etherea Concept

They also said that many of the styling ideas seen on this concept, like the design of the headlights and the tail lamp “are destined to become a familiar Infiniti characteristic” on future Infiniti models.

Infiniti Etherea Concept

The concept’s  B-pillar-less design and the opposing doors open up to a spacious four-seat interior cabin with a minimalistic styling that is emphasized by the abundant use of high-quality materials and trims.

Infiniti Etherea Concept

Measuring 4.4m long, Infiniti’s concept is based on a new platform that was designed in order to allow a hybrid powertrain. This car has a gas-electric drivetrain, consisting of a 4-cylinder 2.5-liter supercharged petrol power unit that develops 245 hp, an electric motor and a CVT – continuously variable transmission that drives the car’s front wheels.

Infiniti Etherea Concept

This set up is completed by the advanced drive-by-wire electric/hydraulic steering, the regenerative braking system and the independent suspension.

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