From a performance version of an existing smaller model (IPL G Coupe), to an all-new hybrid drivetrain for its largest luxury sedan (2012 M35 Hybrid), Infiniti is moving in all directions in an effort to expand its market presence. Next up for Infiniti is a small Geneva-bound concept vehicle aimed at the entry level luxury crowd and poised to slot into the brand lineup beneath the current G series range, should it enter production.
Official details are slim. In fact, Infiniti doesn't even specifically give the car a name. However, the images were named "Etheria," leading us to believe that is what the concept version could be called. A press release simply gives the teaser images found here, along with a quote from Infiniti senior vice president Andy Palmer.
“Infiniti is currently examining concepts for a luxury performance car that will fit below the current G line,” said Palmer in the release. “Like every Infiniti, it will be completely different to anything currently offered by our rivals.”
Fortunately, Motor Trend got the scoop early from a source familiar with the project, claiming that the concept will be Nissan-Renault’s first major project with new partner and Mercedes-Benz parent company, Daimler. The small car will take the form of a two-door coupe and will be a B- to C-segment car based on the same chassis as the next-gen Renault Megane and Nissan Tiida. Power will come from Mercedes’ 202-horsepower, 1.8-liter CGI turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The final result will be the smallest car that Infiniti has yet produced.
For more on Infiniti’s upcoming concept, be sure to stay tuned to our Geneva show coverage this March.
Source: Infiniti, Motor Trend