Infiniti considering smaller car than G, plus an Infiniti bradned GT-R
As Infiniti works towards expanding its lineup, the Nissan owned company is considering a car smaller than the best-selling G as well as high-end coupe or convertible that would be Infiniti’s GT-R. Although, Nissan’s global design chief, Shiro Nakamura, is quick to point out that these are ideas that are still in the brainstorming stage.
“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.”
While Infiniti’s smallest engine is the 3.5 liter V6 unit found in the G, it is thinking of a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine that would better meet CO2 standards. We’re thinking, if produced, the car would be a direct competitor to a BMW 1-Series.
The other car on Infiniti’s mind is a high-end coupe or convertible that would be equivalent to Nissan’s 500 horsepower GT-R. Although many planners feel that the fast and brutal power of the GT-R isn’t suited for Infiniti.
Also under consideration is what Nakamura calls a “people mover.” The car would be different from a minivan or an SUV, but wouldn’t get in the way of the FX and EX.
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