Even though the car won't make its official debut until the Geneva Motor Show next month, renderings of the Infiniti Emerg-E concept have leaked online. The leaked images show that the Infiniti Emerg-E is a curvy, futuristic two-door design.
The car itself is no surprise: we first heard rumors of a two-seat Infiniti electric car in September 2011. Infiniti has previously admitted that the two-seat Emerg-E concept will debut in Geneva next month with an extended-range electric drivetrain. That means that, like the Chevrolet Volt, the Infiniti will be an electric car that can use a small generator to recharge its batteries on the move.
The Emerg-E will drive almost exclusively on electrical power, and is expected to borrow the 80-kW electric motor and lithium-ion battery from the Nissan Leaf.The 1.2-liter range extender will be mid-mounted in the Emerg-E, which helps to improve the car's balance, in keeping with the concept's sporting intentions.
Nissan executives have previously described the Emerge-E as, "our vision for a totally new kind of inspired premium performance car… The natural next step was to push the boundaries where performance and the environment intersect."
If the Infiniti Emerg-E concept evolves into a production car, don't expect it to launch for another year or so. Parent company Nissan's next electric offering will be an all-electric small van, which should arrive some time in 2013. A production Emerg-E wouldn't likely emerge before 2013 -- or maybe not until 2014.