Infiniti Essence Sees Daylight in Geneva, Photo Gallery Inside

The 2009 Geneva Auto Show is surely the best time of the year to roll out a grand concept and Infinity is simply aiming to take full advantage of this. The automaker today debuted the Essence concept, a high-performance hybrid model which puts out out a total output of 600 PS, incorporating both a combustion and an electric engine.

In detail, the concept features a 3.7-liter V6 gasoline engine that includes twin turbochargers and produces a maximum power of 440 pS (434 bhp). In addition, the vehicle comes with an electric unit developing 160 PS (158 bhp), raising the total output to 600 PS. The electric engine is positioned between the combustion engine and the transmission and is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack mounted in the boot area.

Even if it's particularly focused on delivering high performance without neglecting fuel economy and CO2 emissions, Infiniti Essence boasts a high level of safety. with features such as Safety Shield, Distance Control Assist (DCA), Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Side Collision Prevention (SCP) and Back-up Collision Prevention (BCP) also available.

Inifiniti used a wide range of exclusive materials for the interior, including leather, Alcantara and hand-painted wood. A thing worth mentioning is that the leather on back seats differs from left side to ride side "so they can accurately reflect the way Japanese men and women tie their kimonos," as Infiniti explained in a statement for the press.

"Essence is a brand icon," Francois Bancon, General Manager Advanced Product Planning, said. "It is driven more by a conceptual approach than by any design execution. It is not just an object. It isn't a teaser for a new model. It is solely dedicated to Infiniti brand promotion, to demonstrate and advocate the Infiniti unique values."
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