Infiniti Etherea Concept is Geneva Bound, Foreshadows Upcoming Compact Vehicle

The first full images of Infiniti’s Etherea concept vehicle for the Geneva Motor Show have been released this morning, previewing a vehicle with design cues that are part hatchback, coupe, crossover, and sedan. The concept is said to give an impression as to how future entry-level Infiniti vehicles could look.

“Etherea is about a new type of luxury for younger buyers,” said Toru Saito, corporate vice president and leader of the Global Infiniti Business Unit. “It is not just a smaller version of a typically conservative and traditional luxury car.”

The Etherea measures in at roughly 173 inches in length, making it a small car by contemporary standards. The car’s C-pillar was lifted from the previous Essence concept car and Infiniti says the vehicle will also showcase new interpretations of Japanese materials and finishes that will be found on future Infiniti product.

While there are no further official details directly from Infiniti, it is widely reported that the production vehicle to come from the Etherea concept will be the first to feature a Mercedes-Benz engine, as a result of the partnership Nissan-Renault has formed with Daimler. We’re also told the production car will be performance-oriented, taking the form of a two-door coupe and using the same chassis as the next-generation Renault Megane and Nissan Tilda.

For more on the Infiniti Etherea concept as well as other vehicles from the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, stay tuned March 1 and 2.

Source: Infiniti