Infiniti's Emerg-E: best of show?
Luxury automaker unveils its all-new Emerg-E EV Concept, and with it announces just how serious it is in the electric arena.
Infiniti made one of the biggest impressions on the press corps at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Although the automaker is finding it tough to establish itself as a premium brand in Europe during the depths of a recession, there's no arguing with its bullish enthusiasm and desire to gain a foothold in the EU.
The big news — and quite possibly one of the most notable vehicle unveilings at the show — was its Emerg-E concept, revealed on Tuesday. Packed with British engineering, the Emerg-E hints at a future for Infiniti that is very bright indeed.
What is it? The Emerg-E extended-range electric vehicle showcases eye-watering design, from the intense headlight eyes to the astonishing rear air intakes "modeled on the neck of a kimono."
What's hot? Technically it's awesome. Look at it. Plus, Lotus provides the small range-extender engine that powers up the batteries. Two electric motors produce a total of 400 horsepower, driving through an Xtrac transmission. Solar roof panels help top up the supply.
What's not? The Emerg-E isn't for production. However, two working, drivable cars will be built for evaluation later this year. Expect an electric Infiniti in 2014, with lessons learned from this car. Infiniti confided to MSN that it has had enough of building concept cars that don't make production.
How much and when? The Emerg-E would slot between a Porsche Cayman and McLaren in size; expect the pricing to be closer to the latter when a production Infiniti coupe finally builds upon this technology. That means around $160,000.
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Anything else I need to know? 400 horsepower means that this Emerg-E will reach 60 mph in four seconds. Top speed isn't as impressive, at 130 mph, but economy should make up for that. Range on electric power is calculated at 30 miles, but 300 miles is possible before a visit to the gas station.