The unveiling of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show marks the start of a new era for the Japanese car maker in which high-performance models have a high priority. As Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen confirming, the company will be launching two new flagship models over the next few years featuring 600-hp powertrains.
de Nysschen didn’t get into much details about these new models. But he did reveal that one of them will be positioned above the Q70 and will have “multiple seats”, and the other will be a halo high-performance car – Infiniti’s own GT-R, if you will.
The boss also said that they have no intention of making production versions of the Emerg-E and Essence concepts, which is great, because nobody really cared about those cars.
Infiniti is in fact steering clear of the mid-engine layout, because according to de Nysschen: “We’ve got to use the powertrain in more than one car for economies of scale reasons, so it can’t be mid-engined.” And they can’t be hybrid either. “But the new-product cadence will be very strong from 2016 through to 2019, with two major launches every year. We’re having to stagger the launches to give our engineers breathing space,” he added.