Infiniti’s new president, Johan de Nysschen, has revealed what we can expect from Infiniti’s new flagship GT Coupe luxury sedan that will look to enter the luxury car market.
“Above Q70 you need a car that competes with 7-series, S-class, and Audi A8. That’s conventional thinking. There’s enough action going on in that segment. I don’t think the world needs another car like that. But I do think the world needs an upscale, very emotional, high-performance luxury sedan from Infiniti that might be a different concept.”
CarandDriver point out that translating this vision into a vehicle will be very challenging. Every luxury automaker pitches their products as emotional and high-tech. Other Infiniti and Nissan execs say that a variety of ideas are under consideration for the flagship. A swoopy fastback, akin to the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Audi A7, seems to be a good possibility, but there also are some “really wild” shapes getting attention.
Although this is to be more of a halo product for Infiniti, and as such high volumes aren’t demanded, it will help to get some more mileage out of the architecture. How convenient, then, that de Nysschen is interested in spinning off the flagship sedan’s platform for a coupe.
“I think we need some kind of sexy sports car that might share powertrains and platforms with [the range-topping sedan], but an even more emotional iteration.”
Despite mentioning the possibility of a coupe, de Nysschen stressed that it would not be a production version of the Emerg-E concept because
“the world isn’t ready yet for a $200,000 Infiniti.”
What ever de Nysschen and Infiniti have up their sleeves, we are pretty confident that it will be one to watch out for!