Infiniti Etherea Concept
16th February, 2011
Infiniti will display its latest concept car at the Geneva
Motor Show in March. Called Etherea, it is a compact luxury model that previews how a future entry-level
Infiniti could look.
The first-look sketches reveal an evolving Infiniti identity along with a profile distinctly different
from anything currently available in the premium compact class.
“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.”
Designed under the direction of Senior Vice President of Design Shiro Nakamura, Etherea blends elements of
coupé, sedan, hatchback and even cross-over in one highly sculptural, near-mono volume form.
At 4.4m it is compact but at the same time it is space efficient and practical thanks to a new mechanical
lay out and innovative access arrangements.
Among its surprises are high-tech new interpretations of traditional Japanese materials and finishes, and
several design cues set to make their mark on future production models – including the highly distinctive
crescent-shaped C-pillar first seen on the Essence concept.
With Nissan's Infiniti brand expanding their global presence and with an expanding product line-up, it is
only a matter of time before Infiniti returns to the Australian market.