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Report: Infiniti Working On New Front-Wheel Drive Coupe

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Report: Infiniti Working On New Front-Wheel Drive Coupe

Viknesh Vijayenthiran July 5th, 2010

July 5th, 2010 The growing push towards smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles is leading the charge for changing consumer perceptions of what defines a luxury car--with size no longer the differentiator but rather technology, quality and design. Nowhere is this more the case than in Europe where Infiniti is reportedly planning a new front-wheel drive coupe with hatchback practicality to compete with the likes of the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series. Front-wheel drive cars, no matter how well-engineered, are always a compromise when it comes to being fast. They do enjoy some advantages in terms of packaging and efficiency, but sending power through the wheels doing the steering has obvious shortcomings. Despite the drawbacks, Infiniti believes there is a market for them. While popular models like the G and M sedans will remain rear-wheel drive, Autocar is reporting that a new entry-level front-wheel drive Infiniti is in the works and could even spawn a family vehicles all based on the same platform. Styling for the car is expected to be derived from last year’s stunning Essence concept. With Lexus revealing a new small car in form of the CT 200h and Mercedes-Benz successfully selling its A- and B-Class models overseas, there's a very strong chance Infiniti might launch something along the same lines. It wouldn't be the first time Infiniti has sold a front-wheel drive vehicle. The I35 sedan was the last front-wheel drive model Infiniti sold before the brand switched its policy to offering only rear-wheel drive models in an effort to raise its status against rivals like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Further down the track Infiniti will also launch a new all-electric car based on the same platform as the Nissan Leaf. Not much is known about the car but it will be a global model, which means it will be coming to North American showrooms. A concept version is said to have been already developed. [Autocar]

The growing push towards smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles is leading the charge for changing consumer perceptions of what defines a luxury car--with size no longer the differentiator but rather technology, quality and design. Nowhere is this more the case than in Europe where Infiniti is reportedly planning a new front-wheel drive coupe with hatchback practicality to compete with the likes of the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series.

Front-wheel drive cars, no matter how well-engineered, are always a compromise when it comes to being fast. They do enjoy some advantages in terms of packaging and efficiency, but sending power through the wheels doing the steering has obvious shortcomings. Despite the drawbacks, Infiniti believes there is a market for them.

While popular models like the G and M sedans will remain rear-wheel drive, Autocar is reporting that a new entry-level front-wheel drive Infiniti is in the works and could even spawn a family vehicles all based on the same platform. Styling for the car is expected to be derived from last year’s stunning Essence concept.

With Lexus revealing a new small car in form of the CT 200h and Mercedes-Benz successfully selling its A- and B-Class models overseas, there's a very strong chance Infiniti might launch something along the same lines.

It wouldn't be the first time Infiniti has sold a front-wheel drive vehicle. The I35 sedan was the last front-wheel drive model Infiniti sold before the brand switched its policy to offering only rear-wheel drive models in an effort to raise its status against rivals like BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Further down the track Infiniti will also launch a new all-electric car based on the same platform as the Nissan Leaf. Not much is known about the car but it will be a global model, which means it will be coming to North American showrooms. A concept version is said to have been already developed.

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http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1041957_report-infiniti-working-on-new-front-wheel-drive-coupe

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Infiniti plans Mercedes CLC rival

05 July 2010

Infiniti will launch a small front-wheel-drive coupé as it aims to expand its range and break into Europe’s lucrative premium car market, according to highly placed sources. The new coupé will borrow much of its styling from Infiniti’s radical Essence concept from last year’s Geneva motor show.

Although the new small Infiniti will have a coupé profile, it will offer similar practicality to a three-door hatchback. The Mercedes CLC will be a close competitor.

See the Infiniti Essence and the coupe design sketch

The body format promises to be a hatchback “but not as you know it ”, according to one highly placed source.

The new car, primarily aimed at the European market, will also aim to live up to Infiniti’s ‘inspired performance’ tagline, even though it will be the only front-drive model in Infiniti’s range.

“A car can be front-wheel drive and still deliver driving pleasure,” said an Infiniti source. “BMW has shown this with the Mini.”

Design features of the Essence tipped to carry over to the coupé include the show car’s tiered C-pillars.

Infiniti will also launch a premium electric car based on the Nissan Leaf in the near term. The first teaser silhouette of the electric Infiniti, initially confirmed by company boss Carlos Ghosn at last year’s Tokyo motor show, was revealed during a presentation at the Leaf’s launch last week, alongside two other future electric Nissans: the Land Glider concept and the e-LCV van.

Although the new Infiniti will use the same basic platform and underfloor battery packs, it will be markedly different from the Leaf, featuring a more powerful electric motor for improved performance.

The exterior and interior styling will be unique to Infiniti, also taking inspiration from the Essence.

Also revealed during the presentation was the clearest hint yet that Nissan will put its radical two-seat Land Glider concept into production. An image revealing a more production-ready version of the electric urban commuter ‘four-wheeled bike’ was flashed up, and it was described as being a firm part of Nissan’s future 
electric plans.

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http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle.aspx?AR=250827

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SAmadei    224

Although the new small Infiniti will have a coupé profile, it will offer similar practicality to a three-door hatchback. The Mercedes CLC will be a close competitor.

But not for long. The CLC hatchback ends with the current generation. Not sure why Infiniti is going for a market Mercedes has somewhat demonstrates doesn't exist.

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But not for long. The CLC hatchback ends with the current generation. Not sure why Infiniti is going for a market Mercedes has somewhat demonstrates doesn't exist.

I would think the Lexus CT is more the target...

Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar

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INFINITI READYING COMPACT COUPE

By Drew Johnson

Looking to further solidify its footing in the European market, Infiniti is reportedly developing a new compact sporty coupe. The Infiniti small coupe is expected to take on Mercedes-Benz upcoming CLC model.

According to a source within Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury division is readying a compact coupe to take on forthcoming models from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Although Infiniti has transitioned to a rear-wheel drive automaker, it believes it can produce a front-wheel drive model without sacrificing driving dynamics.

“A car can be front-wheel drive and still deliver driving pleasure,” the source revealed to Autocar. “BMW has shown this with the MINI.”

The new coupe will receive styling cues from the Infiniti Essence show car, especially in the C-pillar area. No word on what powerplant will power the new coupe, but a four-cylinder – or perhaps smaller – engine is likely. Look for the small Infiniti coupe to arrive in dealer showrooms by mid-decade.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/infiniti-readying-compact-coupe.html

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