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Infiniti Shows Off The Etherea Concept

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On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 12:26PM | By: Chris Weiss

Infiniti Shows Off The Etherea Concept

Well, that was fast. About a week after it teased an unnamed Geneva concept, Infiniti released full picture details of the car. And as was rumored, it's called the Etherea and takes off on the stylish Essence concept that Infiniti presented in 2009.

The Etherea maintains some of the curvaceousness of the Essence concept, but tones it down significantly, creating a vehicle that looks more production-ready. The headlights take influence from those on the Essence, but are reshaped. The Etherea also gets a seamless windshield/glass roof similar to the Essence. The glass roof in the Etherea joins the windshield with the hatchback in the rear. The C pillar is also taken straight from the Essence.

While the Essence concept never quite made it into Infiniti's line, the Etherea is thought to be a preview of a future entry-level luxury car. And its more production-esque styling would support that notion.

"Etherea is about a new type of luxury for younger buyers," said Toru Saito, global chief of the Infiniti brand. "It is not just a smaller version of a typically conservative and traditional luxury car."
While Infiniti hasn't gotten into details of the car's powertrain, it has said that the car will use a unique layout to conserve space and deliver as much interior room as possible. Reports have indicated that the Etherea will be the first fruits of a partnership between Nissan-Renault and Daimler. That partnership will give Nissan access to a Mercedes 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder worth just north of 200 horses, which Infiniti will use to power the eventual production model of the Etherea.

Expect more details when the Geneva Motor Show gets underway on March 1.

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imwithcoco | 1:10PM (Mon, Feb 28, 2011)

The front looks like an "Angry Bird".

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