Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Infiniti to Launch Five New Models by 2018, Including Performance Sedan

Infiniti president Johann de Nysschen said at the Detroit Auto Show that the luxury automaker intends to launch five new vehicles by 2018, including the Q30, a new Q60 coupe, a QX70 replacing the current FX 50, a high-performance luxury sedan and a halo performance model.

The first to arrive will be the Q30 compact vehicle, which will be produced in Sunderland, England starting next year. The Q30 will be a rival for the Audi A3, BMW 1-Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

“The Q60 coupe will be an evolution of the Q50 saloon. The car’s been pushed back as we need to fix the design language. We need more cohesion in our design language across the range,” de Nysschen told Auto Express. He added that the design of the Q60 will be inspired by the Q50, but will feature “a more prominent shoulder line and a strong wedge.”

The new design language inaugurated by the Q50 will be consistent across all Infiniti sedan, coupe and SUV models, the CEO added. The high performance luxury sedan will be inspired by the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. De Nysschen said that if the study were to be built, it would feature over 500hb and 600 lb-ft (813 Nm) of torque.

As for the halo performance model, the 2012 Infiniti Emerg-E concept may serve as inspiration.

By Dan Mihalascu



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