Infiniti will expand its line-up with three new models in the near future: a smaller model than the current G and a high-end coupe or convertible models equivalent to the Nissan GT-R.

The first model will be powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. "We’re starting to investigate an expansion of the brand," said Nissan’s global design chief, Shiro Nakamura, at a press event here. "These are just ideas we are thinking about."

Also under consideration: a high-end coupe or convertible to be Infiniti’s equivalent to the Nissan GT-R, the Nissan brand’s halo sports car due in 2008. Some planners say the raw power of the 500-hp GT-R isn’t suited to Infiniti’s refined image. But there still is interest in the segment.

It is also a possibility that Infinti will develop a new model, a vehicle different from a minivan and SUV, but one that doesn’t crowd Infiniti’s FX crossover or the EX crossover that goes on sale in December.

Source: Automotive News

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tango  (372) posted on 08.28.2007 case you never knew, Infiniti is a brand owned by Nissan. That means they can build a GTR and tack an Infiniti badge on it. Pretty much the same way FIAT built the Maserati MC12 on the Ferrari Enzo chassis. Or the same way GM builds the Cadillac XLR on the Chevrolet Corvette chassis. So, it MAY happen. My only concern with Infiniti’s new plan is the sub-G model. Another G20? I hope not. At least, not in a front drive layout. I say get serious with this and do a small rear-drive sedan (based on that "Baby Z" that we’ve been seeing on the net, perhaps?) to rival the 3-Series and the C-Class.

badestofthebad  (608) posted on 08.27.2007

NEVER see it, infiniti will never be able to equal nissan’s gtr in speed or power

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