Sunday, October 20, 2013

2009 Infiniti Essence Concept

The Infiniti Essence is a ear-drive, gas-electric hybrid concept car built by Infiniti to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Infiniti brand. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. Powered by a twin-turbo, direct-injection 3.7-liter V6 and a new electric drive design dubbed "3D Motor", the Essence yields a combined 592 brake horsepower (434 via internal-combustion, 158 brake horsepower via the lithium-ion backed disc-shaped electric motor). The electric motor was powered by lithium-ion battery at lower trunk area. The Essence concept is not expected to enter production, but elements from the car were planned to be incorporated into later Infiniti models.

The Nippon-influenced interior for two, including an attractive driver-oriented "cocoon" that features a flat-bottomed steering wheel, hand-painted wood designed to look like Japanese laquerware and eccentricities like asymmetrical seat seams that mimic the way 'Japanese men and women tie their kimonos." Presumably, said kimonos fit nicely in the bespoke Louis Vuitton luggage (made more accessible via a powered trunk shelf). (wikipedia &

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