Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept, 2014 Detroit Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
Speaking at the recent 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen said the brand would launch a high-performance sedan positioned well above the Q70, and also a more sports-oriented model. Being flagship models, sales will be limited so to spread costs de Nysschen has previously said that two models sharing the same platform made sense.
The sedan won’t be a conventional 7-Series and S-Class rival but more of a shapely four-door coupe akin to the Porsche Panamera. The sports-oriented model, meanwhile, will be a large coupe.
The sedan is expected to arrive first, with Car and Driver reporting a launch date in 2016. The coupe is expected to follow a year later. Power in either model is expected to come from turbocharged V-6 as Infiniti is no longer interested in V-8s.
Before then, Infiniti will launch a new Q30 hatchback based on its concept of the same name. A next-gen QX50 should also arrive before 2015, and the current G37 sedan (yes, it’s still on sale) is expected to be renamed a Q40 and offered alongside the Q50 as value-oriented alternative.