Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept, 2014 Detroit Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
Infiniti hasn’t had a proper flagship since 2006, when the Q45 filled this role. Previous rumors
had the Q45 being revived, but these were subsequently squashed
. While only a year ago Infiniti was unsure of what direction
to take for any new flagship, the brand is confident now that it will be able to find success with not one but two high-end models to top its lineup.
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._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.