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Our jaws dropped when we heard the sexy Infiniti Essence, a 592-horsepower luxury hybrid concept coupe unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, could dump the gas engine in favor of a diesel. That's right: a diesel-electric hybrid, and an Infiniti to boot.
While the Essence concept shown at Geneva is gas-electric hybrid that can be described as "powerful" in the same way Joaquin Phoenix can be called "mildly eccentric," a Nissan spokeswoman told Forbes a diesel V6 may at some point be mated to the compact 158 horsepower disk-shaped electric motor. Something tells us the "essence" of that engine won't involve soot and clatter, but it has us eager for the day a luxury car smells like egg rolls because it's running on used veggie oil.
As a "super-coupe" aimed at wealthy "trans-continental" travelers, the Essence won't come cheap. The Nissan spokeswoman said the cost of the diesel version would be even higher, as "customers willing to pay for a diesel hybrid would be in the luxury segment." We're just waiting for that technology to trickle down into a Versa.