Infiniti Emerg-E concept fully unveiled

We’ve already seen the styling of the Infiniti Emerg-E concept in leaked images. Now Infiniti has revealed the full specifications and details at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. A production version of the stunning coupe may be set for the showrooms in the future.

The Infiniti Emerg-E concept is a beautiful new showcase by the Japanese company. It’s also the company’s first-ever two-seater, first mid-engined, and its first range-extending vehicle.

The Emerg-E is also a look into the future, giving us a preview of what to expect from Infinti in the next few years, in terms of design and technical character.

It was formed under the company’s latest design language, offering a very sleek and low-profile shape, with panel cuts and sweeping contours from all angles – a perfect rival to the upcoming Honda NSX?

It looks like a fully fledged supercar, however, power doesn’t come from a screaming V12 engine. Instead, an intelligent range-extending hybrid system lies beneath. Don’t think for a moment that it isn’t quick though.

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It’s propelled by two electric motors, receiving power from a lithium ion battery pack. It can drive up to 50km on electric power alone. When there’s no juice left, a range-extending 1.2-litre combustion engine kicks in to generate charge. With the range-extending engine engaged, total range is stretched to 483km.

As for the performance, the Infiniti Emerg-E concept has a combined power output of 335kW, made up of two electric motors developing 150kW each, and 35kW coming from the 1.2-litre engine. The potential of the system translates to 0-100km/h (0-60mph) in 4.0 seconds. Meanwhile the average fuel consumption figure is said to be around 2.3L/100km.

It all sounds quite dandy. The best part is Nissan – Infinti’s parent company – is said to be considering a production version. If the concept is well received at Geneva, and the public shows keen interest, company executives may give it the green light a bit further down the track.

The company has also said that it is looking for a ‘halo mode’ to join its lineup, one that could really boost sales in regions such as Europe. The Emerg-E is being earmarked as a possible candidate for that job. Fingers crossed.

Infiniti will launch in Australia during the second-half of this year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.