Infiniti Essence concept
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Infiniti Essence concept

Mississauga, Ontario – The Infiniti Essence Concept has made its Canadian debut at the Montreal International Auto Show; the company calls it the essence of the Infiniti brand, distilled into one car and taken to the extremes. The company also introduced the Infiniti G37 Anniversary Art Car, revealed by Montreal-based artist Heidi Taillefer.

“Essence emphasizes several key values of Infiniti design including Energetic Force, Seductive Luster and Spiritual Precision,” said Wendy Durward, director of Infiniti Canada. “The flowing wave profile, the razor-sharp line in the upper body and the rear section concave scoops are all expressions of these design dimensions. They can be seen in Essence and in future Infiniti models as well.”

All of Infiniti’s existing design elements are enhanced with fresh design language, including the signature double-arch grille, L-shaped lights, and the trim around the side air vents, based on the kanzashi, a hairpin used by women when wearing kimono. Other lines and details are inspired by the wide brush strokes of Japanese calligraphy.

Essence uses a 3.7-litre turbocharged V6 engine, teamed with a slim electric motor with twice the torque of a conventional unit and two clutches. In power assist mode, the system produces a combined 592 horsepower. The concept also previews some of the next-generation safety features, including Blind Spot Intervention and Back-up Collision Prevention, which warns drivers if other vehicles are in the intended path and automatically intervenes to prevent collisions. A further “safety shield” includes Distance Control Assist and Lane Departure Prevention.

Infiniti also established a tie with Louis Vuitton, which made a set of custom luggage pieces for the car.

The Infiniti G37 Anniversary Art Car, also on display, commemorated Infiniti’s 20th anniversary. The company collaborated with its partners at Cirque du Soleil to develop the one-of-a-kind artistic masterpiece. The car will be displayed at shows and special events across Canada and will later be auctioned for charity.

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