According to Andy Palmer, Nissan’s executive vice president responsible for global future products, the premium Japanese automaker is considering a sporty four-door coupe flagship that would resemble the Porsche’s Panamera.
That means, that while being essentially a four door sedan, its sweeping fastback roofline could definitely take its styling inspiration from the Infiniti Essence concept penned by Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura and first shown 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.”
Sources say Nakamura’s team is working on the dimensions and details of the Essence concept, stretching its proportions and roofline to accommodate a roomier rear cabin and an extra pair of doors.
The car, which is not expected before 2017, is part of Infiniti’s ambitious plan to become a major global luxury brand by 2020. Avoiding head-on conflict with the established European players in the luxury market, Infiniti’s plan is built around a mix of sporty-focused sedan, coupe and crossover models, each powered by hybrid powertrains.
Later, Infiniti may offer a mid-engine, hybrid-powered two-seater inspired by the Emerg-E concept shown at the Goodwood Festival in 2011. The production Emerg-E is conceived as a supercar, but with a luxury cabin, more in the mold of a Jaguar or Aston Martin than a Ferrari.
Via Automotive News
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