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    Infiniti Essence : l’incarnation de la «Performance Inspirée»

    La quintessence de la marque Infiniti concentrée dans un seul et même véhicule avant d’être portée au stade suprême de son raffinement pour satisfaire les amateurs de voitures les plus exigeants… tel est l’Infiniti Essence.

    Présenté sous forme de concept-car lors du 79e salon international de l’automobile de Genève, Essence est un hommage rendu à Infiniti et à ses deux décennies dédiées à la création d’automobiles haut de gamme. C’est également une exploration de l’inspiration et de l’avenir de la marque.

    Essence, c’est un style à couper le souffle, des performances exceptionnelles et le meilleur de la technologie Infiniti, regroupés dans un coupé hybride à propulsion essence/électrique de 600 ch. Cependant, avec Essence, Infiniti s’est offert bien plus qu’un simple cadeau d’anniversaire.

    Ce superbe concept-car incarne les valeurs fondamentales d’Infiniti et constitue tout autant une projection vers l’avenir qu’une célébration du passé. Essence est une vitrine des nombreuses technologies, notamment hybrides, et des recherches stylistiques qui assureront l’originalité des modèles Infiniti dans les prochaines années. De surcroît, en faisant évoluer pour la première fois la philosophie de « Performance Inspirée » vers le marché du coupé hautes performances et grand luxe, Essence conforte sa place parmi les constructeurs automobiles d’exception.

    ESSENCE EN RESUME
    • Luxueux Coupé 2 places de 600 ch de 4,70 m
    • Première mondiale de la technologie hybride essence/électrique d’Infiniti
    • Capable de hautes performances élevées lorsque les conditions le permettent…
    • … et d’émettre zéro émission en conditions urbaines
    • Moteur avant et roues arrière motrices pour un agrément de conduite maximum
    • Annonciateur d’un nouveau style qui d’influencera les futurs modèles de production
    • Innovations en matière de sécurité routière
    • Intérieur minimaliste 100 % orienté vers le conducteur
    • « Nouvelle notion du luxe » mariée à l’artisanat nippon traditionnel
    • Bagagerie Louis Vuitton sur mesure

    Un chef d'œuvre de design

    Découvrez Infiniti Essence, un concept car qui représente l'âme de la marque Infiniti. Si vous voulez connaître nos valeurs, venez découvrir cette voiture.

    Son design fluide, digne d'un coup de pinceau de maître, et ses performances de coupé sport spectaculaire confèrent au modèle Infiniti Essence l'équilibre parfait entre grâce et puissance.

    Son extérieur sculptural détient une part de mystère, une allusion discrète à la fluidité et à la vitesse. Cette voiture n'est pas criante d'opulence ni de réussite, elle respire le raffinement.

    Son intérieur révèle un souci du détail hors pair, poussé bien plus loin que la simple précision mécanique. Les dossiers, par exemple, sont inspirés des revers coordonnés des kimonos japonais, et la finition du bois en poudre d'argent peinte à la main rappelle la technique traditionnelle de la laque décorative japonaise « Makie ».

    Minimaliste et intuitif, le tableau de bord offre au conducteur une position de conduite optimale, tandis que le passager bénéficie d'un très grand confort dans un siège de confection séparée.

    Les performances du véhicule s'expriment grâce à un moteur hybride V6 bi-turbo de 3,7 litres à haut rendement de 440 kW. Le moteur à Infiniti Essence et le moteur électrique peuvent fonctionner indépendamment ou conjointement, pour fournir puissance et efficacité, hautes performances et faibles émissions de C02.

    Chaque partie du véhicule a fait l'objet d'une réflexion approfondie, y compris l'espace du coffre. Inspiré par le début du 20e siècle, et la fabrication de la bagagerie de voiture sur mesure, Infiniti s'est associé à Louis Vuitton pour créer un ensemble de trois valises luxueuses qui s'intègrent au coffre aussi parfaitement qu'une épée dans son fourreau.

    La qualité du design du modèle Infiniti Essence nous propulse à une position d'avant-gardiste, qui influencera et guidera la production de nombreux futurs modèles.


    INFINITI ESSENCE CONCEPT DEBUTS AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW - REPRESENTS THE MAGNIFICATION OF "INSPIRED PERFORMANCE"

     

     The essence of the Infiniti brand distilled into one car and then taken to the extremes to satisfy the world’s most demanding car enthusiasts – this is the Infiniti Essence. Presented as a concept at the 79th International Motor Show of Geneva, Essence is a celebration of Infiniti and its 20 years history as a creator of performance cars. But equally it is an inspiring exploration into the brand’s future. The dramatic design, technology and performance statement is a 592-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive gasoline/electric hybrid coupe. 
     
    The Essence Concept showcases many of the technologies, including hybrid, and design cues that will distinguish Infiniti production cars of the coming years. And, by steering Infiniti’s guiding principle of “Inspired Performance” into the luxury super-coupe market for the first time, it reaffirms Infiniti’s place among the world’s most exclusive and vibrant car brands.
     
    Essence Overview
    • A front-engined, two-seat, 592-horsepower, rear-wheel drive luxury coupe concept measuring 185 inches long
    • A preview of Infiniti’s gasoline/electric hybrid drivetrain – capable of high speeds when conditions allow, zero emissions where they don’t
    • Fresh design language to influence future production models
    • New safety technology, including Back-up Collision Prevention  
    • Minimalist and intensely driver-focused interior
    • “New luxury” meets traditional Japanese craftsmanship
    • Louis Vuitton fitted luggage to maximize trans-continental capability


    Essence Exterior Design: “Dynamic Adeyaka”
    With breathtaking good looks and perfect proportions, Essence exerts a powerful pull on all those who love cars. It looks like a driver’s car, one that would be right at home on the world’s grandest motoring routes, yet Essence is not an aggressive sports car. 
     
    Infiniti’s “Dynamic Adeyaka” attitude ensures Essence is single-minded, but also inviting, sophisticated and born of inspiration from both the human and natural worlds. To further boost its emotional appeal, it features details that bring a very modern take to some very old Japanese traditions. The designers’ aim was to merge all existing Infiniti design cues with fresh design language in a shape that the 20-year-old marque has never before attempted. The result is highly sculptural yet also very delicate. Essence speaks of power but not intimidation.
     
    The hood, as expected of an Infiniti, is long and the rear deck short. Together with a flowing “wave” profile between muscular front and rear wheel arches, Essence at first appears to be in the classic sports car mold – but there is nothing retro about Essence. The side window graphics bring a particularly innovative and distinctive edge to the styling. The window appears to be resting on a ledge, its razor sharp line in contrast to the concave sweep of the upper body just below it. The rear section also features complex surfacing with concave “scoops” that flow down the rear pillars from one of Essence’s most distinctive design cues: a C-shaped kink to the side windows’ trailing edge. Outlined by a wide flourish of stainless steel, it adds instant movement to the car even when it is standing still.
     
    One of the most distinctive details is the trim around the side air vents. The simple yet delicate shape, finely finished in aluminium, is based on the “kanzash,” a hairpin used by women when wearing the kimono. Other lines and details are inspired by the wide brush strokes of Japanese calligraphy. Essence represents a successful merging of iconic cultural cues with automotive aesthetics.
     
    Essence’s front is characterised by Infiniti’s signature double-arch grille, set at an angle that suggests the car is about to leap forward. There is an illuminated Infiniti badge at its heart. Rounded corners effectively hide the front overhang and make this 185-inch-long car (15.4 feet) appear anything but big in the flesh.
     
    At the front, as over the rest of the car, Essence eschews superfluous body embellishments that could interrupt the graceful strength of the whole. The grille is framed by subtle strips of stainless steel but there’s little other trim and no other grilles or intakes, not even fog lights. The door handles are slivers of push buttons flush with the body, while even the rearview mirrors must make way for minuscule cameras teased out of the A-pillars. More familiar Infiniti cues include the lights. At the front, the signature L-shaped modules taper back on to the bulging guards, picked out at their top edge by a row of LEDs. Slender fillets of red light curve around the car at the back, overlapping with the trunk opening and framing the spoiler, which appears to have been pushed out from within the car.
     
    Essence Interior Design: Driver-Focused
    A driver’s car demands the perfect driver’s cabin. Essence’s interior is minimalist, ergonomic and totally focused on giving the driver a feeling of absolute control – while the passenger area is dominated by comfort, calm and elegance to offer the kind of hospitality that is so important to Essence. The asymmetrical cabin is divided into two areas separated by a large curving console between the seats that sweeps around to merge with the center of the dashboard. The driver’s side is themed black, the passenger’s “cocoon” an earthy red.
     
    A flat-bottomed steering wheel, chronometer-style dials, bright red engine start button, and short, alloy-topped gear selector announce to the driver this is a serious performance machine. Other interior features include larger gear change paddle shifters behind the wheel and a signature Infiniti analog clock. With the materials used – leather, Alcantara, hand-painted wood inspired by traditional Japanese lacquerware – the cabin exudes a rich and inviting warmth. Essence’s interior promotes a sense of well being which is key to the Infiniti driving experience.
     
    Essence Drivetrain: Power With Responsibility
    Essence’s drivetrain is designed to meet the highest expectations of owners by delivering the one thing everyone expects of an Infiniti – sheer driving pleasure. In Essence, that pleasure is taken to new heights, at the same time as previewing an innovative green hybrid engine. Essence is unusual even in the rarefied atmosphere of the world’s fastest road cars by being able to call on a mighty 592 horsepower. 
     
    Like the design, the performance is designed to be sophisticated and unobtrusive – performance with a human touch. The hybrid system is a logical extension of Infiniti parent group’s groundbreaking green commitments. It offers power with efficiency, and high performance with zero-emissions running, by combining a gasoline engine with an electric motor. These can work independently or together as a “parallel” hybrid system. In congested urban areas, the electric motor alone is all that is needed for Essence to glide silently between stoplights, with no tailpipe emissions. When the traffic clears, Essence responds with a highway performance that few cars could match. In “power assist” mode the full 592 horsepower is unleashed with both gasoline and electric power working together.
     
    A key difference over some other hybrid systems is that both the V6 and the electric motor feed their power only to the rear wheels. Infiniti’s 3.7-liter DOHC V6 gasoline engine is fitted with twin turbochargers and a new, efficient direct-injection fuel system, boosting power to 434 horsepower.
     
    Essence previews a new type of electric motor, called 3D Motor, that was designed to meet tough requirements on size and power output. The result is a particularly slim, disk-shaped motor that has twice the torque of a conventional unit. Its design was achieved by 3D magnetic field analysis to optimize the layout of the electromagnetic coils and permanent magnets. For use in the Essence, the motor is positioned between the engine and transmission and provides 158 horsepower, drawing power from a compact lithium-ion battery pack in the trunk area. Because the 3D Motor operates in both propulsion and power regeneration modes, the battery pack is kept charged up.
     
    Optimized energy usage across the widest possible range of driving conditions is guaranteed by two separate clutches, which “switch in” the motors as required. It is a system that needs no torque converter, further enhancing responsiveness and driving pleasure.   
     
    Essence Safety: A Collision-Free Future
    On a global level, Infiniti is committed to building safer vehicles equipped with advanced safety technologies. Essence previews some of the next-generation safety features that will ensure Infiniti cars remain among the safest on the road, adding two new technologies to the Distance Control Assist (DCA) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems that are available in today’s production Infinitis. Side Collision Prevention (SCP) and Back-up Collision Prevention (BCP) extend the anti-collision shield all the way around the car.
     
    With SCP, when the driver decides to change lanes, side-mounted sensors activate a warning if an approaching vehicle is detected in the driver’s intended lane. A yaw mechanism is then activated through brake control of individual wheels to help prevent a potential collision. Back-up Collision Prevention works in a similar way, sensing a vehicle behind, giving the driver a warning but then, if the warning is not heeded, activating the brakes automatically. The warning system and pre-emptive safety features are designed to help support the driver in an intuitive manner with minimal intervention.
     
    Essence Practicality: A Very Specially Made Solution
    The team behind Essence harked back to an early motoring era to find the right solution for carrying luggage. The result is as classy as luggage ever gets, surprisingly practical and dreamily romantic. It also re-establishes the historic ties between a carmaker and one of the best-known names in luxury goods – Louis Vuitton. Vuitton first worked with a coachbuilder – the famous Kellner Company – in 1908, equipping one of their early luxury limousines with a set of bespoke luggage. Other coachbuilders quickly beat a path to Vuitton’s door in Paris. Made-to-measure Vuitton trunks were an integral feature of some of the greatest cars of the first part of the 20th century.
     
    The collaboration between Infiniti and Vuitton revives the idea of a set of the highest quality luggage made to fit exactly a car’s trunk area. In Essence, there are three rigid pieces: a matched pair of slender briefcases atop a large trunk. All are made in the new Damier Graphite canvas and feature sleekly integrated handles and an overall design in harmony with the car itself. In addition, a button on the key fob electrically opens the trunk lid, allowing the trunk floor to slide silently rearwards.

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