Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti has recently announced its plans to introduce an extended wheelbase version of the Q50 for the Chinese auto market.
After Mercedes-Benz has pulled the wraps off the facelifted E-Class L just a day ago, time has come for another premium carmaker to announce an extended wheelbase version for one of its models. The “lucky” car which will get a longer wheelbase version is the new Q50, and Infiniti says that it will be assembled along with the QX50 crossover at the Xiangyang plant in the Hubei Province.
“China is a key market in Infiniti’s growth strategy. The decision to offer two vehicles specifically designed for the Chinese market and produce them locally, is further evidence of our globalization strategy”, said Johan de Nysschen, the president of Infiniti.
The brand new Infiniti Q50 EWB and the QX50 will enter production in the Xiangyang facility in 2014. Besides the local production plans, Infiniti will also offer a hybridized version of the new Q50, which will get a 3.5 L V6 and a 3.7 L V6, producing 328 BHP (244 kW) and 364 Nm of torque (269 lb-ft). This will also go on sale in China in 2014.