• Mar 15, 2010
2011 Infiniti M – Click above for high-res image gallery

Take a look at the Infiniti line-up compared to other top-tier luxury automakers and something's missing. Nissan's luxury arm hasn't had biggie-sized luxo-barge after the brand killed the Q45 in 2006, and it doesn't look like a replacement is coming anytime soon.

Speaking with Automotive News, Toru Saito, Infiniti's veep of global business contends that the recently released M sedan will "play a flagship role" for the automaker going forward, and judging by the dimensions of the new M – which comes in around the same size as the old Q – he's partially right.

Despite matching Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz point-for-point on its entry-level and mid-size models, Infiniti's offerings have always straddled segments. The G37 is noticeably larger than the A4, 3 Series, IS and C-Class, while the M – which would traditionally take on the A6, 5 Series and E-Class – has grown considerably since it's last iteration.

According to Saito, if there's significant demand for a larger vehicle in Infiniti's line-up, the automaker will consider reviving the Q, but for now "the No. 1 challenge is the environment and efficiency."



[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I dunno if it can, but it should. I don't think there's any room in their lineup for a bigger, more expensive vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      New M is incredible. Too bad it's an Infiniti. Brand snob that I am.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ive been sayin this for years..they need 2 bring it back. they have a lot more brand loyalty now and i think they should try again..

      id love 2 c a 500hp+ Q i think it would be good against the ugly A8 and 7

      i never understood why the g sedan was bigger..they need a smaller car 4 younger people and "daddys little girls"

      • 4 Years Ago
      hmmm....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought Infiniti was working on a C segment FWD luxury car? If so it makes sense to wait until the market turns around before building an S class competitor. The C segment is where the growth in the luxury segment is coming from anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A GT-R sedan is what Infiniti needs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hellll yeahh

        personally I could do just fine with the G37 getting that treatment and start killing M3's and such

        would love to have one used
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps Nissan / Infiniti could take a breath and "right-size" their cars back down to where they ought to be, rather than bloating them like the new M & Maxima.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shame, I've always liked the Q. I also like Infiniti, and was looking forward to seeing what a new Q would look like now that Infiniti really has their act together. Still, I understand the logic, and this new M looks great...maybe even class-leading.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The market for full size luxo sedans is gloomy with out the quirkiness and sportiness of the Q45 (Sans the '96, 97-01 models).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. I would definitely love to see a new Q45 - larger, more powerful, and more refined. BUT if Infiniti is considering it for real, they should really take it seriously aka less polarizing design (NOT saying that it shouldn't be out there at all yet it shouldn't be bland)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. :/. obligatory and unique I miss the very unmistakable character of the '03 M's too. I'd kinda like to see something like that in a Q, bit bigger than this M, none of the swoopy, really stand outish.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they'll be fine. The big expensive luxo sedan market isn't a hot place to be and what little of it that is, is covered by the Germans and Lexus. No need for anybody that's not firmly established in that role to try to set into the ring just now and that goes for all non players - Infiniti, Cadillac, Acura or Lincoln. I'm very curious to see how the big Hyundai (Equus) will do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ....i think as an Infiniti admirer it is more of a romanticised view of bringing the Q back, if i'm going to be honest. it would be great but i think in the current climate it wouldnt be wise. why? beacuse it would have to be truly jawdropping in everyway for it to be noticed, otherwise it would be an expensive flop. lets just be patient and see how the new M fares. on the evidence of what i saw in Tokyo last year, i think it will do well for Infiniti...
      as for the Essence? quite possibly one of the most beautiful cars ever. now if THAT was the new Q?...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see why a stretch M with upgraded interior would not do well. Especially if they up the engine at the same time and come in under the competition a bit.
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