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Infiniti to Bring Emerg-E, Lighter G Sedan to Life

Infiniti Emerg-e Concept image

Although supercar concepts sometimes stay merely concepts, Infiniti’s Emerg-E supercar is still in the running to become the brand’s flagship model. Nissan and Infiniti design chief Shiro Nakamura told Inside Line in a recent interview that a production Emerg-E could be built in small volumes in Britain. After all, the vehicle was built, in part, to test new supplies in the UK.

The other reason to build the Emerg-E concept, of course, was to research range-extended hybrids. Closely based on the experimental Lotus Evora 414E hybrid, the mid-engine Emerge-E boasts two electric motors, one powering each of the rear wheels. Together they produce 402 horsepower and help propel the car from 0 to 60 mph in just four seconds. The Emerg-E has a 30-mile electric-only range, after which a small three-cylinder gasoline engine kicks in to recharge the lithium-ion battery pack. When more juice is needed, it can be plugged in.

Not only is the Emerg-E still on the table, but Nakamura also revealed that Lotus could potentially built the supercar, albeit in very low numbers.

While chatting with the folks at Inside Line, Nakamura also confirmed that the 2014 Infiniti G sedan and a new small hatchback will share styling cues with the Emerg-E. The former will make its debut next year and will be much leaner and sportier than the current generation. The Etherea will be a four-door hatchback priced just below the G line.

“Today’s G looks a bit fat, but the new G has really nice proportions, and it’s much sportier,” he said. “The compact hatchback is very expressive, but not like the (Infiniti) FX. I’m very content with them.”

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