Infiniti Says Emerg E-Like Plug-In Hybrid Only Needs Final Approval to Enter Production
Simply glancing at the latest images of the Infiniti Emerg-E Concept proves that it’s basically a production-ready plug-in machine.
Andy Palmer, Nissan’s executive vice president and the man who’s in charge of global future vehicles for the automaker, told Automotive News this:
“We have the halo car [inspired by the Emerg-E] in the plan, but it is not signed off yet. The sales of [sedans] like the Q50 and SUVs like the QX60 will have to be going well and then I can go to our approval committee.”
So, if sales of those lesser vehicles go well, then the halo Emerg-E-like will…umm…emerge.
First shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed back in 2011, the Emerge-E is a mid-engine plug-in hybrid supercar.
Unlike other supercars, Infiniti envisions the Emerg-E as a high-end luxury vehicle (think Aston Martin, not Lamborghini).
The Emerg-E was recently wheeled out for the motoring press to drive, which further confirms that it’s basically a production-ready concept.
We believe the Emerg-E (or something close) will enter production ourselves, but the questions are when and at what price?
Here’s what Infiniti says of the specs of the Emerg-E:
“Infiniti Emerg-E is the ultimate expression of Infiniti’s inspired performance. This 402bhp (300kW) mid-engined, twin motor, electric motors powered sports car is capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in just four seconds – and from zero to 130mph in a single, seamless 30 second burst. Yet it also operates as exciting, zero emission urban transport over a 30-mile range. And when the range-extender petrol engine functions in concert with its twin electric motors, it produces a CO2 output of only 55g/km (NEDC cycle).”
Source: Automotive News