Infiniti Emerg-E and Essence to Remain Concepts Only – Production Versions “Will Not Be Coming”

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 6

Infiiniti Emerg-E

Infiniti Emerg-E

Infiniti’s reluctance to produce the plug-in vehicles we so desire is truly starting to annoy us.

2009 Infiniti Essence Concept

2009 Infiniti Essence Concept

First there was the Infiniti LE delays, now there’s two more lust-worthy Infiniti electrified concepts that the automaker says will forever remain in concept form.

Both the Infiniti Emerg-E and the Essence concepts will not be headed for production…ever.

In speaking with Autocar, Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen stated that the automaker has been considering a flagship vehicle for years now.  The Emerg-E and Essence were both “explorations” into the possible future flagship for Infiniti, but production versions of the Emerg-E and Essence “will not be coming,” remarked de Nysschen.

Instead, the world will get some 600 hp Infiniti that doesn’t plug in.  It will have “multiple seats” though…woohoo.

But it will “not be mid-engined like the Emerg-E, nor a hybrid.

To which we say boo.

Source: Autocar

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6 responses to "Infiniti Emerg-E and Essence to Remain Concepts Only – Production Versions “Will Not Be Coming”"

  1. Big Solar says:

    The essence is a good looking car. Is it a BEV?

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      The Essence is a EREV. A 3.7 L V6 with a 120kW electric motor (same size as a Volt).

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infiniti_Essence

  2. Gibber says:

    Dissapointing news but considering todays EVs are just the proverbial tip of the iceberg, we should expect this type of news more than we should expect series production confirmations. I’m still thrilled with my LEAF and can’t wait to see the final LE specs.

  3. Ampera says:

    as expected so lets not give that stupid thing any more attention

  4. MTN Ranger says:

    Now it seems the LE is on permanent vaporware status. http://www.plugincars.com/infiniti-le-delayed-indefinitely-129254.html

  5. Just_chris says:

    If Infiniti made a BEV that looked as good as that with rear wheel drive (or AWD) and a 24 kWh battery then it would compete very well against the BMW and the B-class if they put a 48 kWh+ battery in there they would start to compete with Tesla, not sure if they’d win, but at least they’d compete which is more than anyone else is doing at the moment.

    IMO I think the luxury plugin hybrid market is going to be very competitive going forward and I think it will be difficult to sell in this segment even if it looks as good as the Ininiti. That’s not to say that I think this market is in anyway ‘full’ but at least there are a few options.