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    Rumorpile: Infiniti Considers A Four-Door Coupe As A Flagship

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    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    October 21, 2013

    Infiniti is trying to differentiate itself from the other players in the luxury car market by possibly developing a four-door coupe as a flagship. This is coming from Nissan's executive vice president Andy Palmer to Automotive News.

    "We won't do a Merc S class or that type of car. We have had that before. We want a flagship car that's appealing and different," said Palmer.

    The four-door coupe is reportedly taking nspiration from the Infiniti Essence concept shown at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. Sources say Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura's team is looking at how to stretch the dimensions of the Essence concept to add two extra doors and seats. This new model could also use Mercedes-Benz's new rear-drive modular platform and be introduced in 2017 at the earliest.

    But Palmer says the plan for flagship haven't been the greenlight. For that to happen, Infiniti needs to move a fair number of vehicles such as the Q50 sedan and QX60 crossover.

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    They will need to do more than just move a few Q50 and QX60's. Start with actually getting something more than bland design language. Infinity seems to be on life support as you see many sit on the dealer lots but not many moving about in traffic.

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