The Geneva motor show usually is the province of European automakers: each year, Mercedes and BMW and Audi and Jaguar and other brands tussle for the best-concept and best-car rights for the Swiss show.

This year's Geneva show had one clear standout in design and concept--and it came from Infiniti in the form of the Essence concept. A gorgeous two-seat coupe concept, the Essence isn't meant to predict any future Infiniti, but it is intended to show off the styling themes that will echo throughout the next generation of Infiniti sedans, coupes, crossovers and convertibles.

At 185 inches long, the Essence is built on a rear-drive architecture. The gorgeous swells of its front and rear fenders--and the fabulous aero-inspired C-pillar kink--give it an effortless stance that the Ferrari California hardtop convertible could only pray to mimic. A hardtop two-door, the Essence also sports a host of safety innovations like a system to prevent collisions when backing up--probably a useful feature for the low-slung sportscar.

A minimalist interior is mated with a luxe cargo hold, where custom Louis Vuitton luggage slides out on a tray and is shaped to make maximum use of the Essence's trunk space.

The Essence sports a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain, though the brand says it might be possible to outfit it with a diesel, were it built.The hybrid drivetrain employs Infiniti's new lithium-ion "3D" electric motor, which boasts nearly 160hp on its own. On the open road, the Essence's 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 kicks in, with adding over 430 ponies to the mix. The concept drivetrain is charged to about 600 horsepower--which makes the Essence "capable of vast speeds where conditions allow, zero emissions where they don't."

LuxuryCarReport.com will bring you more photos and videos when they're made available--but until then, enjoy these pictures and a video clip courtesy Infiniti.

[Infiniti]

Infiniti Essence concept

Infiniti Essence concept

Infiniti Essence concept

Infiniti Essence concept

Infiniti Essence concept

Infiniti Essence concept