Infiniti Q80 Will Make it to Production; Q20 in the Works
Infiniti may have just lost its two head honchos to other companies, but that is not stopping the company from growing, changing, and generally trying to be more awesome. Along with talks of cars like a 4 Series fighter and the Eau Rouge concept, Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn told Autocar that Infiniti will also be expanding its market on both ends. The new Q80 concept is hitting production, and there will also be a smaller car called the Q20.
Autocar talked to more than Mr. Ghosn. While at the Paris Motor Show, they managed to spend time with Infiniti’s European boss Francois Goupil de Bouille, European design director Simon Cox and global design director Shiro Nakamura, with each one revealing more of Infiniti’s plans. De Bouille is quoted saying, “the Q80 is way more than a design study, this is our entry into the large saloon segment” confirming everyone thoughts about this becoming a real production model. Mr. Cox was even more informative when he let slip that there may be even more high-end cars in the Infiniti portfolio: “Just because we’re doing [the Q80] doesn’t mean that we’re not doing other high-end cars," he said.
Autocar speculates that this could mean that there will be a QX80 SUV that will line up against luxury offerings like the Range Rover.
The word of an Audi A1-fighting Q20 came straight from Shiro Nakamura himself. Infiniti has just started to make strides across the world’s markets, and it looks like the company is preparing a true onslaught of new and interesting products to take the fight to the competition.
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Why It Matters
Infiniti is a young company that is relatively unknown outside the United States. A huge flagship like the Q80 will boost brand interest. Additionally, adding new models like the Q20 gives the brand an affordable car to lure younger buyers into the brand early.
Finally, seeing Infiniti come forward with so much good and exciting news helps signify that the loss of both Andy Palmer and Johan de Nysschen have not stopped the company or slowed its progress.
The Q80 Concept is Infiniti’s latest concept car that previews a production flagship model car that will take on the likes of the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class. With 550 horsepower at its disposal from a 3.0-liter V-6 and a hybrid system will certainly help in defeating the Goliaths of the market.