A performance car that's small, yet luxurious, may sound like a series of paradoxes to the American buyer's mind, but Europeans have been proving the combo possible for years. Soon, the Japanese may join them, as previewed by the Infiniti Etherea Concept.

The live photos show off its arched hatchback-like profile, front and rear detail, and the A-pillar arrangement we're still not quite sure of. What they don't show is the supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder knocking out 245 horsepower under the hood, sending its power to the front wheels. That little powerhouse is mated to a hybrid drive system and piped through a CVT transmission.

What think ye? Is this something you'd like to see in your garage, or does the idea need to go back into the oven for a bit?