The Etherea concept, Infiniti’s highlight the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, shows the brand’s new vision in design and introduces a whole new niche which is something between a crossover and a sedan. Although Jeremy Clarkson recently said that it looks like a car that’s melted and it’s named after a tube with urine in it, we think it looks good. Infiniti says the Etherea previews a future entry-level model to attract younger buyers to the brand.
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Making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show today, the Infiniti ETHEREA Concept re-imagines the compact luxury car for a discerning new generation of younger buyers, while providing a glimpse of a future European Infiniti line-up where the brand’s convention-defying distinctiveness reaches into the compact class for the first time.
“ETHEREA is about a new type of luxury,” said Toru Saito, Corporate Vice President and Leader of the Global Infiniti Business Unit.
“It is for younger buyers who do not want a smaller version of a typically conservative and traditional luxury car. It is for people who want a car that defines who they are, not who their parents were.”
Encapsulating everything that Infiniti stands for – including no-compromise hybrid power and maximum driving pleasure – in a car 4.4m long, ETHEREA proposes a bold new approach to the premium compact segment. Its dynamic character and highly sculptural, near mono-volume form provide a silhouette unlike anything currently in the class.
“ETHEREA is completely different from current luxury compact cars,” said Senior Vice President of Design, Shiro Nakamura. “That is appropriate for a new generation of drivers who think of themselves as different.
“As an exploration into what a future entry-level Infiniti may be like, ETHEREA is highly significant and a breakthrough in what Infiniti thinks about itself.”
Francois Bancon, General Manager of Exploratory and Advanced Product, said: “We think the market – and buyers of compact cars – is ready for a car like this, especially in Europe. As a vehicle to single out its owner as progressive, self confident and a little off the beaten path, ETHEREA fits very well with what Infiniti is all about.”