Until next week at the Geneva Motor Show, more questions than answers remain about Infiniti’s Emerg-E extended-range electric plug-in sports car, but official images are at least available for broad hints.
The company has already said the Infiniti approach will serve up guilt-free greenness rolled into a scintillating package with track-ready performance.
Styling cues hint at various super cars, perhaps with some Italianesque elements mixed with Audi R8-like lines, with distinct Infiniti design signatures such as the bulbous grille, body curves and more to retain the family resemblance.
One question is how soon would Infiniti build such a car? The vehicle’s forerunner was the diesel-electric Essence concept revealed at Geneva in 2009 that Infiniti’s executives were alternately torn between desire to turn into reality mixed with reluctance for that “showpiece.”
It’s believed the Emerg-E is to see production based on lessons learned from the Essence. Word has it that it utilizes a small-displacement gasoline-powered generator, perhaps as diminutive as a mid-mounted 1.2 liter, possible boosted. This would share propulsion duties with a powerful electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack to create high performance suitable to the aggressive appearance.
More substantial details are to be revealed March 6 at the 82nd International Motor Show at Geneva which is open to the public from March 8-18. Stay tuned.