Infiniti Emerg-E

FRONT 3/4 VIEW

1. The large badge is back, a worthwhile statement of identity -- and pride in that identity -- which is necessary for long-term success.

2. This point at the edge of the grille tends to give a distorted, hourglass aspect to the direct front view and serves as a starting point for the beveled front end in plan view.

3. The base of this heat-extracting outlet is simply a continuation of the windshield profile, very much like a racing car.

4. This line crossing the fender surface seems curious at first glance, but it nicely anticipates the similar leading edge of the rear fender-top scoop.

5. This indented quarter window shape was previewed on the Essence, and we thought it was likely to be repeated on other Infinitis, which has been the case. It's a nice identity mark, unlikely to be copied -- except by Chinese plagiarists.

6. The elegant scoop for the engine compartment arises in the door and ends abruptly at the flat band around the rear wheel opening. Its inner surfaces are part of the design as well.

7. This powerful, hard line is the defining element of the side view, arising from nothing behind the chrome band at the top of the grille and fading away in the rear fender.

8. A slight purple tint to the headlamps is an attractive design element, as is the long point inboard adjacent to the hood cutline.

9. The brake-cooling air inlet, one of four openings on the front end, is more sports-car-like but slightly less aerodynamic than the single-orifice Essence's front end. 10. This single-curved rib, fading out just aft of the brake air duct, is the main design control element of the entire nose.

REAR 3/4 VIEW

11. Again much like racing sports cars, there is a sort of base plate that suggests a flat bottom for increased downforce, curling up at the rear center for a diffuser.

12. This is a very subtle development derived from a transverse rib softening at the fender and tail intersection, then becoming a sharp fin toward the bottom. Duct interiors are organically shaped here, too.

13. Taillights sharply point outboard and serve to punctuate the chrome-free rear aspect of the car.

14. This dramatic outlet is surrounded by body and base plate, effectively reducing the visual height of the tall rear body mass.

15. The soft rise of the rear spoiler derives from the fighter-plane-like upper structure...

16. ...which itself is emphasized by the bubble-like backlight glass.

17. Another design element clearly descended from the Essence concept is this hard surface line from the quarter window to the deck lid, where it fades away, as do most of the hard lines on the overall volume.

18. Notice the artful use of chrome, sharp-edged and three-dimensional, around the windows.

INTERIOR VIEW

19. As with the Essence, the passenger's side of the cockpit is a different color from the driver's office and is softly curved like the exterior.

20. The not-quite-round, not-quite-hexagonal steering wheel evokes the aircraft-like wheels of contemporary Formula 1 cars. Minus the buttons, lights, dials, and gauges, of course.

21. Indented spokes resemble the inside of intake ducts on the exterior.

22. No need to hunt for the gearchange paddles. The point at the bottom does not seem very safe, though.

23. The instrument cluster is not as simple and elegant as that in the Essence, but it is dramatic and provides an excellent sight line

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