Last year, Infiniti confirmed via Johan de Nysschen’s Facebook account that a new flagship sedan was under developed, and that it could deliver up to 550 horsepower. Now, Autoblog has come into the possession of a mysterious sketch that reveals an Infiniti four-door coupe. To lend even more credence to the sketch, it is signed by Alfonso Albaisa — Infiniti’s new executive design director.
To no surprise, the sketch reveals a model that continues from where the Essence concept left: it adds a large grille, headlights and kinked rear-quarter glass. However, when compared to any other Infiniti model, its wheelbase is very long — a strong indication that this is a new flagship model that will sit atop the automaker’s lineup.
As for its name, we are thinking something like Q80 or Q90, given Infiniti will use the new Q70 name for its current range-topper: the M sedan .
Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Essence concept.
Infiniti unveiled the Essence concept at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The concept was designed in cooperation with Louis Vuitton and offered a first glimpse of what the company’s future design language will look like.
The Essence featured a hybrid system that combined a gasoline engine with an electric motor that can reach an output of 592 horsepower when both engines are in full blast.What is very interesting about this concept is that both the V-6 and the electric motor power only the rear wheels.