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Infiniti to introduce high-end four-door coupe by 2020

March 18, 2014

Reports of Infiniti developing a high end super sports car are circulating once again. This time we hear plans of a new four-door model inspired by the Essence concept.

Infiniti Essence concept

Details are limited at this stage but it seems Infiniti global boss Johann de Nysschen is interested in introducing a new premium four-door by 2020, showcasing the company’s latest technologies.

It’s understood the car will compete with the likes of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, adopting the increasingly popular and fashionable four-door coupe layout.

Power will reportedly come from a complex hybrid system incorporating a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol and an electric motor system. Overall output is tipped to be around the 400kW mark. A performance version could be on the cards as well using a 3.7-litre V6 hybrid producing up to 522kW.

With this much power on tap the new model is likely to come with a form of the Nissan GT-R Attesa four-wheel drive running gear.

The new model is expected to be one of a number of new super sports cars on the way from Infiniti. Nysschen has previously semi-confirmed a dedicated sub-brand, like BMW’s M division and Merc’s AMG, is under consideration. He said,

“What is absent from our product structure today is a line of really thoroughbred, high-end performance cars that take no prisoners. I don’t say that every single Infiniti car line should have such a model. But I do say that we need a high-performance sub-brand.”

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.