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Infiniti Essence Concept

By luanpa in | December 30, 2009 | Comments Off on Infiniti Essence Concept

Infiniti Essence concept is expected be one of the most important designs for the luxury brand. The Infiniti Essence concept is supposed to look back on the 20 years of Infiniti’s existence. Some of Infiniti’s key traits are technology, design, and performance – and the Essence embodies all three qualities.

Infiniti Essence concept is a rear-wheel drive coupe with a hybrid powertrain. The hybrid system delivers a healthy 592hp (442kW) of power. It features a twin-turbocharged 3.7L V6 engine mated to an electric motor, which can work independently or together as a “parallel” hybrid system. At low speeds, the Essence will emit zero emissions. The engine by itself produces up to 446hp (333kW) thanks to the turbos as well as a new direct-injection system. Power for the electric motor comes from a lithium-ion battery pack in the trunk. Infiniti’s press release claims the car is “capable of vast speeds where conditions allow, zero emissions where they don’t.” Not a bad compromise, really.

The Infiniti Essence is stunning in the sheetmetal. The curves are very sexy and the car has an air of elegance that also carries over to the interior. Inside, the driver’s portion of the cabin is black and the passenger’s left with a lot of red. Supposedly the driver isn’t inundated with controls and technology – all the expected functionality remains hidden until the driver chooses to use items like the stereo.

Safety features include Infiniti’s new Safety Shield, which adds Distance Control Assist and Lane Departure Prevention systems. There are also nanny systems for side and rear collisions, as well as a pre-charge braking system.

Sadly, the Essence stands no chance of being produced. Francois Bancon, General Manager Advanced Product Planning, said “Essence is a brand icon… It isn’t a teaser for a new model. It is solely dedicated to Infiniti brand promotion, to demonstrate and advocate the Infiniti unique values.” While the Essence itself may not enter production, we do expect the design cues to filter down to actual production vehicles.

In-details

Drivetrain
Layout: Front Engine, RWD
Transmission: Paddle-Shifted Automated Manual
Engine
Type: Turbocharged V6 with 3D Electric Power Assist Motor
Electric Motor: Nissan 3D Electric Motor, 158 bhp
Horsepower: V6 434 bhp
Horsepower: 592 bhp (combined)
Torque: 500 Nm
Exterior
Body Type: 2 Door, 2 Seat GT Coupe
Length: 4720 mm
Width: 1960 mm
Height: 1310 mm
Wheelbase: 2800 mm
Wheels: 22 inch

2009 infiniti essence concept front view

2009 infiniti essence concept side view

2009 infiniti essence concept rear side view

2009 infiniti essence concept rear angle view

2009 infiniti essence concept rear views

2009 infiniti essence concept rear angle door open

infiniti essence concept geneva powertrain schematic



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