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Infiniti Etherea Hybrid Concept Previews New Compact Hatchback

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This five-door hatchback model is the Infiniti Etherea concept, and it's set to be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March. The Etherea previews the Japanese brand's foray into the compact luxury segment, with the production model scheduled to enter the market within the next two to three years.

Designed under the supervision of Senior Vice President of Design Shiro Nakamura, the 4.4 meter long concept is said to blend elements of coupé, sedan, hatchback and even crossover models "in one highly sculptural, near-mono volume form". The Etherea also incorporates styling cues from the Japanese firm's well received Essence sports car study from 2009 including the...blurry-shaped C-pillar and front grille design.

While Infiniti did not publish any information on the Etherea's mechanical hardware, the logo on the front fenders tells us that it gets a hybrid powertrain. We'll have more on the Etherea concept after its presentation at the Geneva Salon.




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13 Comments:

Anonymous said... »February 14, 2011

That looks terrible!!

Rick said... »February 14, 2011

WTF?! What kind of fat alien baby face front end is that?! Too much anime working it's way into Japanese car design the past few years.

Anonymous said... »February 14, 2011

This really looks awesome, Infiniti it's not for everyone, you have to understand the brand, to like it.

Anonymous said... »February 14, 2011

Not only does the Etherea manage to blend elements of coupé, sedan, hatchback and crossover in one form, it also blends elements of ugly, ghastly, homely and beastly as well.

Anonymous said... »February 14, 2011

Well, I like it, it's good to see that car makers are incorporating elements from their culture in their cars, I'm sick of bland global box designs, with no identity, and made to appeal to huge masses. If more car makers had this bold approach on design, observing traffic would be as relaxing as a visit to an art museum.

Anonymous said... »February 14, 2011

What a narcoleptic looking car. I'm afraid that if I drove it I would nod-off too.

Anonymous said... »February 14, 2011

Suppository on four wheels...

Anonymous said... »February 14, 2011

Infiniti Management WTF are you doing??? I have been patiently awaiting the rebirth of Infiniti for years. The company started off with such a fresh take on automotive design then proceeded to kill every good car they ever made. I was put on a HIGH in recent years with the reveal of the Essence Concept - PURELY STUNNING. I saw it again yesterday at the Chicago Auto show (again) - STILL STUNNING and STILL CAPTIVATING CROWDS. There was a ring of people around the Essence. I pulled the Infiniti Product Manager to the side and asked WHY have they not built this Essence? Followed by, where is the new Q45?? he had the same canned answer, its a concept only & no news on addl models. An Essence Coupe & Sedan (Q45) could be the basis for an incredible comeback for the brand. Don't screw the design with this Urethra Hybrid crap. Wake the fk up and give the people what they want.

Anonymous said... »February 15, 2011

Fortunately dip-etherea is treatable with proper medical attention.

Anonymous said... »February 15, 2011

I don't need to understand infiniti brand to buy this car. They need to understand me and the rest of the world if they want to sell any car. I rather ride on a refrigeration on wheels than this ugly weird thing

Anonymous said... »February 15, 2011

4.4m long, perfect size for city-dwellers
Nissan,  please make this a nowaday
P10/P11, I will buy one if you make it available to where I live.

Anonymous said... »February 15, 2011

At last something cool to look at. I'd buy it.

Anonymous said... »February 18, 2011

Looks alot like the 2011 preduction ready Hyundai I40 wagon fron the front.It looks very nice too. Maybe nissan is catching the styling bug Hyundai kia and ford seems to keep displaying in their designs. even the juke is style wise nice in a strange way while it may not appeal to many it does have very funky style like the hyundai veloster does. Funky akward but kool looking styles are what younger people like so I can't put the juke or veloster down for being that way.

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