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by Tim Beissmann

Infiniti has released the first official images of the Infiniti Etherea Concept ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Infiniti says the Etherea is not a production vehicle, but rather a design preview of what a future entry-level compact luxury car could look like if the brand was to expand its portfolio.

The Etherea Concept draws significant inspiration from the Infiniti Essence concept vehicle that was unveiled at Geneva two years ago. Both vehicles feature flowing headlights and taillights and convex/concave details on the grille and the C-pillars. Infiniti says these design elements will make their mark on future production vehicles.

At 4400mm, the Etherea Concept is just 105mm longer than the Nissan Tiida, although its low-slung profile makes it look like a much more considerable car. Infiniti says the concept’s designers aimed to blend elements of coupe, sedan, hatchback and crossover.

The rear three-quarter shot is perhaps the most stunning. From the back we see the sleek inset chrome exhaust pipes and sharp taillights, the tremendous kink in the C-pillar and the dramatic disjoint of the shoulder line with the top of the front wheel arch.

Also evident peering through the glass is a teaser of the interior, which will comprise a combination light and dark leathers and blue displays on the instrument panel and centre console.

The Infiniti Etherea Concept will debut at Geneva on March 1.




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