A styling experiment called the Infiniti Essence could very well be exhibiting the future shape of performance hybrids from carmaker from Japan. The car was made intentionally to mark the Infiniti's 20th anniversary. It comes with a gasoline hybrid system which mixes a twin-turbo variant of the 3.7-liter gasoline V6 engine familiar to the Infiniti with a potent electric motor to generate a maximum output of 600 hp.
The drivetrain of the new Infiniti Essence Concept is designed to deliver sheer driving pleasure, as taken to new heights. This hybrid system employs Infiniti's familiar 3.7-liter V6 gasoline engine with twin turbochargers and new direct-injection fuel system, providing a power output of up to 440 PS (434 bhp).
This engine is helped by a new type of electric motor, called 3D Motor. This 3D Motor is a slim, disk-shaped motor that offers twice the torque of a conventional unit and is positioned between the engine and transmission. This electric motor can deliver up to 160 PS (158 bhp) of output, getting its juice from a compact lithium-ion battery pack in the boot area.
The RWD Infiniti is propelled via a 7-speed paddle-shift auto transmission already found in the FX luxury SUV which is powered by the V8 unit. Plans for a production model of a performance hybrid have already been revealed by Infiniti.
Company insiders have provided information that the setup of the Essence is nearing actuality. Diesel models that will come with a Renault-based 3.0-liter V6 will be Infiniti top priority for Europe, but the hybrid could still make an appearance in the impending large saloon which is set for 2010.
With this brand, Nissan would be on the level of older and more established luxury brands in making available both diesel and hybrid versions. The inspiration for the external styling of the hybrid comes from the sea in keeping with Japanese proclivity toward nature.
The hybrid three-dimensional grill and excessive L-shaped headlights are near existing Infiniti production forms although they push them beyond the limits. Although these designs will not be actualized, the boldness and lavishness of the design of Essence show that Nissan has the potential to attain its plans to expand its model range into new spheres.
The lavishness is also found in the interior, which is divided by a large and high central console and differing trim into two sections.
The instruments on the dash panel are evocative of bright production dials of which Infiniti is well-known; however, the control arrangement brings a hidden technology scheme. Infiniti says that this will house all modern equipment but will provide them in a layout which suits most drivers and utilize only the most essential of these.