The Detroit Auto Show media days are still in full swing, but Infiniti is already looking ahead to the Geneva Motor Show with another teaser of the company's plug-in hybrid electric sports car. Yes, we've seen other sketches of the car (this one) but not of this section, the general rear pillar area. You can click to enlarge the image above for a better view of what could become Prince's favorite concept car. See, it's purple.

The vehicle does not have a name yet, so Infiniti is calling it the "Advanced Sports Car Concept." We do know it's mid-engined, with a battery pack in there to extend the range. Infiniti says the purpose of this concept is, "to explore what might be the next stage in how to deliver a vivid, engaging and sophisticated driving experience from an electrically propelled vehicle." The EV range should be respectable, since Infiniti is promising "zero emission operation in urban situations," which we do hope means more than just a few spare miles in a lithium pack. We'll learn more in Geneva.

Infiniti has also been teasing an all-electric luxury sedan that is supposed to launch in 2014. See what little we officially know about that car here.
Show full PR text
Infiniti's Next Inspired Performance Comes From A New Direction

- Low Emission and High Performance; Geneva Motor Show Reveal -
Range-extended electric sports car concept combines low emission, high performance on the open road with zero emission urban mobility Mid-ship layout for optimal weight distribution, at the same time facilitating a change in vocabulary for Infiniti's design language 2nd video released giving more behind-the-scenes information, this time from Francois Bancon, Infiniti's Divisional General Manager for Advanced Product Planning

DETROIT, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Development of Infiniti's advanced sports car concept, due for global reveal at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, continues apace. Lightweight with the offer of low emissions, the sports car concept will be the first Infiniti to have not only a range-extender drivetrain, but also one mounted in a mid-ship package for optimal weight distribution and therefore handling.

Infiniti already enjoys a lead in high performance, low emission technologies with its Infiniti M Hybrid. But the purpose of the Geneva concept is to explore what might be the next stage in how to deliver a vivid, engaging and sophisticated driving experience from an electrically propelled vehicle. The mid-ship mechanical layout could be a vital ingredient.

The as-yet-unnamed car will minimize the traditional compromise between thrilling performance and sustainable mobility. Its style, content and mid-ship package are all new to Infiniti, although the character of this striking sports car concept remain absolutely true to the brand, as does the direction of its innovative electric vehicle engineering, which is to combine extreme, low emission open road performance with zero emission operation in urban situations.

Further news of this exciting project will be released at its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

About Infiniti
Infiniti offers a full-line of luxury performance automobiles, including the G Coupe, Sedan and Convertible, Infiniti M sedan, EX and FX crossovers, and the QX full-size SUV. More information about Infiniti and its Total Ownership Experience® can be found at www.InfinitiUSA.com.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 9 Comments
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      that C-Pillar kink is crap.
        AP1_S2K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        I was going to say the same exact thing. They've been incorporating that into their design language..... geez, WTF?!?! WHY?! That SUV they just released had that same crap.
        Sukairain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        The C-pillar design is an aerodynamic channel to direct lateral wind flow above the trunk and through the incorporate trunk spoiler. (on the Essence and this car at least) I don't know what they were thinking when they added that kink to the JX cross over though, I don't mind the kink so long as its functional. Sure beats having to put a big spoiler in the back or huge underbody diffuser to achieve zero lift,
      EvilTollMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Infiniti: Running out of Ideas. That should be their new slogan.
      q3a7vodk4
      • 2 Years Ago
      "with a battery pack in there to extend the range" How the hell is it an EV if it has a battery only to extend the range. A hybrid is not an EV idiots.
        Dennis Baskov
        • 2 Years Ago
        @q3a7vodk4
        Well if you read the article like you should have, you would know that in the beginning of the article they called it a "plug in hybrid electric sports car" not EV. The electric part plays a role in the urban areas where supposedly it outputs 0 emissions while in towns, which was also mentioned in the article. Now, who's the idiot again?!
          Jason Allen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dennis Baskov
          I think he's calling the author of the artcle/title an idiot for using the term 'EV' in the title. He was right.
        Sukairain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @q3a7vodk4
        Well, Infiniti didn't call it an EV, this AB blogger did. As far as EV is concerned, I agree with you completely, I don't understand why the reVolt fans and GM insists on calling the Volt an EV when it's clearly a hybrid.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]