The Emerg-e was slated to be a significant car for Infiniti. It would be the luxury automaker’s first supercar, plug-in hybrid and mid-engined vehicle. With an impressive powertrain, which boasted 402 hp with 738 lb-ft of torque, it was touted to return an estimated 99 mpg. Four seconds was all it would take for the Emerg-E concept to reach 60 mph, or so we were told, and the stunning piece of sheetmetal could also travel up to 30 miles on electric power alone, before a three-cylinder range extending motor kicked in.
As positive as all this sounds, Infiniti has reportedly axed the Emerg-E. Instead, fuel-conscious luxury buyers can wait for the Infiniti LE, a plug-in luxury EV based on the Nissan Leaf. Just don’t expect any sports car performance from it.
If there’s any good news from this story it’s that Infiniti says the styling of the Emerg-E foreshadows the next Infiniti G.