If you believed the 2011 Etherea concept unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show was just a design exercise, you are about to be proven wrong. It looks like the concept was just a preview for a new crossover set to be launched in the next two years.
Talking about the future model, Infiniti boss Andy Palmer said it will be placed between "the Audi A3 and Audi Q3" and that this will be made possible by a new three-way adjustable ride height system.
The new crossover will follow Infiniti’s new naming strategy and it is believed to be called Q30. The model will follow in the footsteps of the Qashqai and Juke crossovers in terms of entering into established segments with new models. Palmer made it quite clear that despite the similarities, the Q30 won’t be "a copy of the Nissan Qashqai, but a car that can span established brackets within the market."
The model will differentiate itself with a unique styling and, of course, a more luxurious styling.
Updated 05/16/2013: Today we have created a rendering for the upcoming Infinti Q30. Click past the jump to see how it differs from the Etherea concept.
Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Etherea concept.
The Etherea concept was a mix of coupe, sedan, hatchback and crossover, so you can easily imagine it was rather awkward. Of course, we cannot expect the same to happen with the production Q30.
For the production version, we expect Infiniti to opt for revised proportions, a more detailed front end, new headlights, door handles, mirrors, side skirts, a bit smaller wheels and windshield wipers. In short, Infiniti will basically clean things up a little bit, bring the proportions into reality and add all of the elements it needs to become a road-going car.
Infiniti Etherea concept was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and was rumored to preview Infiniti’s future entry-level model geared towards the younger population.
The concept combines the elements of a coupe, sedan, hatchback and crossover in one concept car, which somewhat confused everyone. Of course, the production version will adopt a more crossover look.
Under the hood, Infiniti placed a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 245 horsepower. The engine mates to a hybrid drive system and the power is piped through a continuously variable transmission.