We've known since mid-December that Infiniti's new global model naming convention would turn the current-generation G37 Coupe into the Q60 Coupe starting next year, but we haven't been clear on whether the model-range-formerly-known-as-G would get a successor, especially as its volume has traditionally been a lot lower than its sedan counterpart.

Thankfully, Infiniti president Johann De Nysschen (above) has stepped up to confirm that the newly revealed Q50 sedan will receive a two-door counterpart, though perhaps not as quickly as some would like. According to an interview with Australia's CarAdvice.com, De Nysschen says "the coupe we can probably expect two-and-a-half to three years down the road." That news also suggests that if there's an eventual convertible version, that it's a long way off, too. Why so long? Infiniti has "a lot of priorities" – priorities that undoubtedly include an already-confirmed front-wheel-drive small hatchback/crossover.

The report also indicates that Infiniti has some aspirations for stretching its new Q50/Q60 range in a higher-performance direction to take on competitors like BMW and Audi, the latter being De Nysschen's former employer. There's far from a firm timetable offered, of course, with De Nysschen saying "someday in the future we will be able to offer more high performance versions [of Q50] than we have today... the dynamic capabilities of this platform are very significant. It can handle far higher power than the engines we are using at launch."

Infiniti has long envisioned itself as Japan's answer to BMW, and from where we sit, high-performance models would likely help keep the brand focused as it branches out into new segments like that of the JX, a three-row crossover with few sporting pretensions. In addition, its nascent Infiniti Performance Line [IPL] franchise could use the help – we've been underwhelmed with the pricy IPL G Coupe and Convertible to this point, and Infiniti will need to work harder if it truly wants to align its products with its growing Formula One marketing efforts.


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      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      2 to 3 years for a coupe replacement is a very long time. They need to start green lighting things now
      michigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sedan all the way
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what does that mean for the existing G37/Q60 coupe? Is it gonna go away after MY 2014, or will it stick around a little longer?
        Leather Bear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        This sounds like a rerun of 2007 when the G coupe was still made on the old (2002-2006) V35 platform, but the G sedan moved up to the then new V36 platform. The V36 G coupe didn't arrive until the 2008 model year.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Leather Bear
          I guess. V36 is a fine platform, but the interior has apparently aged. I'll know when I go to the auto show later this month.
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know why automakers delay the coupes for so long....I am dying to see this coupe and the ATS....
      richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, why does Infinity copy the hideous Lexis front end?
        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @richard
        come one man take a look back in 2009 when infiniti released this front end on the Essence concept..it was Lexi that copied Inifiniti and combined it with the Audi grill to make theirs..get all the facts before you type
          chanonissan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @leo
          Richard take a closer look at the current M37 grill, and that should be your answer, all that infiniti did was just did a little inprovement of the M37 grill, it is lexi who copied.
      Du K
      • 2 Years Ago
      Booo! I'm not liking this new guy.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Du K
        Neither am I, honestly. I understand the naming convention (to a point), but there was nothing wrong eith the existing names. Why fix what isn't broken?
        chanonissan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Du K
        Infiniti just started go worldwide a couple of years ago so it will not harm them much, but in the usa which people are use to the model and number representing engine size, it will take sometime to get use to. But what the new boss say makes sense, how can you have a M30 making more power than a Q56 and then some one think the Q56 is morepowerful, base on number representing engine size when in fact it is not. That is why the Q50 just represent a car with any drivetrain possible.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      adam1keith1980
      • 2 Years Ago
      Btw, if Infiniti is to produce the LE Concept, which looks short, tall, narrow, and FWD, its "success" will mirror that of the Lexus HS.
      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know it'll never ever happen, but I'd love an Infinity GT-R sedan - basically a successor to the old Skyline GT-R being loosely based off of the more pedestrian Skyline versions, except the other way around. Next gen, please?
      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      So let me get this straight.....after many many many years of cars that no one took seriously in the luxury market (g20 m30 q45 j30) they finally made a car that was compareable to the big boys. Build up a decent size market share(g series) then you change the name and seriously delay the coupe. Then you start talking about small fwd cuvs smh ..way to go Infiniti.....way to go
      mohamed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Infiniti will make a worthy enough german contender, its all just time wisely using time to develop a german contender, however they need to see the response of this new direction that they're taking with the new Q lineup hopefully by then more model variant's will be green lit for production and the worthy german competitor should become the halo car.
        chanonissan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mohamed
        You hit the nail head, that is exactly, what they are doing, the have big plans with more engine option coming or I should say drive trains. The boss of infiniti stated that more drive trains are coming for the Q50 also.
      Tarantula
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously.....??? Is it just me or does that car looks like a glorified 2014 Mazda 6 with a Lexus ES like grille??!!??
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