Infiniti flagship to be based on the Essence coupe concept image

According to Andy Palmer, Nissan’s executive vice president responsible for global future products, the premium Japanese automaker is mulling plans for a sporty four-door coupe flagship that would compete with the Porsche Panamera.

Although it would essentially remain a four door sedan, the usual sweeping fastback roofline attributed to such models could be inspired by the Infiniti Essence concept, designed by Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura and first introduced to the world at the 2009 Geneva auto show.

“We won’t do a Merc S class or that type of car,” said Palmer. “We have had that before. We want a flagship car that’s appealing and different. We have the halo car in the plan, but it is not signed off yet,” he added. “The sales of [sedans] like the Q50 and SUVs like the QX60 will have to be going well and then I can go to our approval committee.”

Sources say that now  Nakamura’s team is now crystallizing the exact dimensions and gross details based on the Essence concept, stretching its proportions and roofline to allow for a more spacious rear cabin and also an extra pair of doors. The car, which is not due earlier than 2017, is a key element of Infiniti’s ambitious strategy to become a major global luxury brand by 2020. 

Via Automotive News