2011 Infiniti Etherea Review

Making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2011 Motor Etherea reinvents the concept of compact Infiniti luxury car for a new generation of demanding younger buyers, while offering a vision of future Infiniti European range in Congress different challenges reached the mark in the compact segment for the first time.

"Ether is a new type of luxury," said Toru Saito, Corporate Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Infiniti.

"And 'for young buyers who want a smaller version of the luxury cars typically conservative and traditional. There are people who want a car that defines who they are, not who their parents were."

Encapsulation of everything that the Infiniti is - even without hybrid compromise and maximum driving pleasure - in the car long 4.4, Etherea Infiniti concept offers a completely new approach to the premium compact class. Dynamic character and very sculptural, close to the amount of mono-form silhouette to provide a moment of class.

"Etherea is completely different from today's compact luxury car," said senior vice president of design, Shiro Nakamura. "It is appropriate for a new generation of drivers who are considered different.

"Because the exploration of what the future may be entry-level Infiniti Infiniti Concept Etherea is a very significant step forward, and what Infiniti is thinking for you."

Bancon, general manager of exploratory and advanced product, said: "We believe the market - and buyers of compact cars - is ready for a car like this, especially in Europe as a means of identifying its owner as a progressive, confident. and a little off the beaten track, Infiniti Etherea concept fits well with what Hyundai is all about. "


Concept Infiniti Etherea segment-busting action is based on the combination of various styles of vehicles. It is part of an elegant coupe, part of a large sedan, the practical part of the saloon, and also part of a high crossover. And Infiniti is also a great way to help a sports car to drive it.

Like all Infiniti Etherea brings pleasure riding high on the side of the designer. The concept car was designed for a powerful but highly efficient hybrid drive based on building an innovative platform, and an electric motor / dual-clutch system is used in M35h Infiniti brand hybrids currently on sale first in Europe.

Supercharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine developing 245 hp offers a rapid response and strong acceleration throughout the power range. Flow velocity, when the need for more and provides a quiet, emission-free driving at low speeds, the electric motor. The continuously variable transmission (CVT), the type and Infiniti is the first drive the front wheels.

How M35h, the hybrid drive is designed to use clean electricity to more frequent, longer and high-speed hybrids usually be treated, adding benefits Etherea Hybrid Concept Infiniti from the open road and the busy streets. This maximizes efficiency and further reduce CO2 emissions without compromising driving under the imposing front.

Independent suspension, regenerative braking and advanced drive-by-wire electric / hydraulic to further strengthen the balance between performance and the countryside.


Designed in Japan under the direction of Shiro Nakamura, Etherea is more sedan than coupe-inspired, with many flourishes Infiniti first considered the concept supercar Essence. But Hyundai profile Etherea elegant concept is not at the expense of functionality. Despite appearances, Etherea boasts a large tailgate lift.

Recovery house developed platform for Infiniti, a long wheelbase, minimal overhangs ensures a visual feature of the Infiniti balance and sportsmanship. Hood may not be until the Infiniti rear-wheel drive, but the proportions are just as well be evaluated and the appearance of a well-balanced, Crescent only the C-pillar offers a dynamic and original, the Infiniti signature.

The spacious four-seater cabin offers all the luxury Infiniti owners expect, plus unmatched ease of access and egress, driven by the H-point is greater than the average car luxury compact. Four wide doors, rear-hinged back, and no B-pillar provides a sense of unprecedented scale.

Infiniti design language family has evolved to meet the challenge of the concept car. The headlights, for example, define the Infiniti "face" more clearly than ever. With a subtle curve, lamps include daytime running lights formed a crescent of light emitting diodes. Now, new lights are destined to become a familiar feature Infiniti.

"Other elements of exterior design and interior craftsmanship began to have an important influence on future production models," said Shiro Nakamura.

The project manager and outside designer, Endo said Giichi Etherea can be summarized as a "four-door coupe with five-door convenience. - A sedan that does not look like a sedan" was the key management architecture new Front wheel drive - all very different from the rear-wheel drive FM platform, the Infiniti designers are accustomed to working with - Infiniti to give the traditional "attractive chandelier" for the design, while providing the roomy car key in the Class 4.4 million.

Wide doors, rear doors hinged at the rear, and the B-pillar, the center has been the idea of ??being able to make the inside of the car can open and inviting. Access is further facilitated the height of the car. Etherea Infiniti concept is a crossover, but the driver H (hip) point higher than a normal car compact, does not suggest an easy and dominant position, separating the Infiniti FX. The designers talked about the body slightly elevated, "uplifting".

The front of Etherea Infiniti concept offers a unique sound. In a design that instantly connects with the rest of the family line up is headed by Infiniti grill hood deep. An updated version of the Infiniti family design finish double arch mesh transparent network is fully functional and highly artistic.

Shiro Nakamura, says in the profile there is a suggestion of a mono-volume design - very different from current pretenders to the compact luxury segment.

Nakamura is a highlight of the project, however, an area around the base of the pillars - as he says, one of the most difficult of the designer to obtain the right of any car. In Etherea, this area is done in a style unlike any other car - with the exception of Essence, which in turn a source of inspiration. The key to making it work is an exaggerated length of the front fender that extends from the column, well-sculpted planes converge. Fourth pillar of a small window provides a clear picture out. It makes everything a modern and innovative design injects energy to the entire car.

Comfort, space and Crafts

As this front-drive platform design options for a new Hyundai out, so also to adopt a bold new approach in the cabin. With its flat floor and an opening welcome Hyundai Concept Etherea interior designed for comfort and space while the luxury and craftsmanship Hyundai buyers expect. As Bancon says: "Your first experience of premium luxury car should feel like that."

The B-pillar-less and open the front door of the cabin and offers you easy access and great quality of life. In the absence of transmission tunnel and a flat floor, welcoming the opening of the cabin Etherea covers the entire car, not elegantly slim consolation among the four squares to act as arms and internal controls.

Like all the driving position is sporty Infiniti. The control layout is very focused on the driver, but not in a way that excludes passengers. This is a concept that can be luxurious and sporty all share. For example, the center of the dashboard has two screens, as easy access for front seat passengers of the driver. The lower screen, closer to a touch screen to control functions such as climate control and entertainment, while below the screen is only used to display information.

"Hamon" is the Japanese word for the rings of the dashboard. It refers to ripples on a lake that radiates outward when a stone is thrown into the water. The same call, liabilities, they radiate from the central tachometer. This is an elegant and ergonomic.

Harmonic structure and materials are essential to the interior Infiniti Concept Etherea, as are all the Infiniti. Features are the time of its debut Etherea Kumihimo, kimono-inspired piping on the seats, and Inuyarai, striking vertical strips inside the gates. Etherea is also the first occurrence of the latest Infiniti crops, parchment style paper version of the end of the famous Japanese Washi. The new finish called Kasane-Washi, and introduces a new way of layering of paper, to improve its structure. The craftsmanship in the concept Infiniti Etherea is inspired by the Japanese culture, and reinterpreted through the latest technology.

Because the study of the future entry-level model for the production of the Infiniti, Etherea off segments of the market today and shows that the Infiniti, which allows the alliance, is seriously in competition as well as a compact luxury and Europe.

Francois counter said: "Etherea is a re-definition, not a revolution - a car buyers whose idea of ??luxury is a very different stereotypes Etherea Infiniti concept of stereotype there a limit is just a sign of identity and It adds personality, the new values, as well as to transmit the old'..... MORE than anything else, is not only a compact luxury car. "
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