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Re-Imagining the Compact Luxury Car: Nissan Etherea +VIDEO

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Nissan Etherea Concept

First shown at the 2011 International Geneva Motor Show. It was designed to preview how a future Infiniti entry-level compact performance luxury sedan could look.

FRANKLIN, TN - August 12, 2011: Etherea is Infiniti’s mould-breaking vision of a future compact model. With a silhouette unlike anything in the luxury class and a high performance hybrid drivetrain.

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Nissan Etherea Concept

A true luxury package with a stunningly elegant and welcoming interior, Etherea’s four-door coupé look goes hand in hand with five-door practicality – and, like any Infiniti, a sports car’s driving appeal.

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The concept is powered by a supercharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine developing 245 PS, with power going to the front wheels via a CVT automatic transmission. Boosting power when more is needed – and providing silent, emissions-free drivingat low speeds – is anelectric motor. This potent yet highly efficient hybrid drivetrain is based around the innovative one electric motor/twin clutch system used in the Infiniti M35h and designed to make electric power work harder and last longer.

Watch the Nissan Etherea promo video