Infiniti has taken their time releasing the EMERG-E bit by bit with teaser image after teaser images, but the concept has finally made its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Emerg-E is a highly advanced mid-ship sports car with a future dependent on the reaction of the folks at the auto show. Whether it makes it to production or not, it offers an exciting glimpse into Infiniti’s future.
Next to a completely new design language, the concept also features an array of exciting new technologies that the brand "will adopt in its quest to build dramatic and sustainable high performance cars."
The EMERG-E is powered by a twin electric motor that develops a total of 402 HP. It will sprint from 0 to 60mph in just four seconds and from zero to 130 mph in 30 seconds.
UPDATE 03/08/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the Infiniti EMERG-E.
UPDATE 06/14/2012: After debuting the concept version at the Geneva Motor Show, Infiniti has announced that the first running prototype will be unveiled at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed (28 June-1 July). Jerry Hardcastle, Global Chief Marketability Engineer, commented: "The Festival of Speed crowds will be seeing EMERG-E in action for the first time ever, even before many of Infiniti’s top executives have seen it. Goodwood’s spectators will see not just an exquisite design but an example of our and our partners’ technologies for an environmentally-friendly car brimming with true Infiniti driver appeal."
Hit the jump to read more about the Infiniti EMERG-E concept.
Exterior and Interior
Infiniti started to preview their future design language in 2009 when they unveiled the Essence concept car to commemorate the brand’s 20th anniversary. Then, in 2011, they another step forward and unveiled the Etherea concept, Infiniti’s first front-wheel drive car. Now, in 2012, the company added the EMERG-E - a concept that is sportier, more dynamic, and even more expressive than the previous two.
At the front of the concept is a three-dimensional "Double Arch" front grille with a new waved pattern. Another iconic Infiniti signature is the LED head lamp graphic inspired by a god’s forceful eye. Kimono inspired air intakes on the rear fender will further increase the elegance to this performance car.
The interior features the same treatment as the Essence: the spaces for both driver and passenger are formed by two different colors and materials contrasting functional and comfortable zones.
The Infiniti EMERG-E is a mid-engined concept powered by a twin electric motor that delivers a total of 420 HP. The car will sprint from 0 to 60mph in just four seconds and from zero to 130 mph in just 30 seconds. On zero-emission conditions, the concept has a range of 30 miles, but with the assistance of a small three cylinder petrol engine, it is capable of a range of up to 300 miles. In this case, it produces a CO2 output of only 55g/km
The concept features a pair of electric motors, a lithium-ion battery pack, four inverters, a three-cylinder range-extending internal combustion engine, and a petrol tank.
When Can I Buy One?
Infiniti says that the EMERG-E will make it to production depending on the reaction received at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. However, expect to see many of its elements featured in the company’s future models.
There are plenty of electric models out there, but we believe Audi’s e-Tron model will offer the same level of luxury as the Infiniti. The Audi e-Tron is powered by a turbocharged 3.0 Liter TDI engine with an output of 300 HP, combined with two asynchronous electric motors with a total output of 88 HP. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph.
- Quite powerful for an electric car
- Great look
- Impressive sprint time
- At this point, we just love it