Infiniti makes plenty of good cars, crossovers and SUVs. The premium Japanese brand also has a well-defined presence in racing on the world's largest stage in the form of a partnership with Red Bull in Formula 1. What Infiniti doesn't have, though, is a range-topping halo car.

A report from Autocar in the UK suggests that Infiniti's gaping top-shelf hole may soon be plugged by 2016 with a new hybrid sports car along the lines of the well-received Emerg-E and Essence concepts. This report is contrary to news we heard from Autocar late last year, when company officials reportedly told the publication that a swoopy and fuel-efficient machine like the Emerg-E wouldn't be produced.

Interestingly, Infiniti is said to sense strong demand from so-called "little emperors ... who are used to getting what they want," many of whom live in Asian countries, who are also environmentally conscious. Infiniti exec Andy Palmer told Autocar to expect something "like the Tesla sports car option, but with more flexibility in terms of range."

Reading between the lines, we picture a luxurious coupe with some combination of electric motors and gasoline engines providing power levels between 400 and 500 horsepower. We may not qualify as "little emperors" ourselves, but we certainly welcome the notion of high-performance machines that also happen to be fuel efficient.


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      ccweems
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's obvious that the quixotic folk that brought you the Q45 are still alive and willing to build cars that few will buy. The current G series accounts for 60% of sales and shows that a good car will sell. Their butt ugly SUV's are sold few in number to the legally blind. No one shops Infiniti for high performance sports cars and this hybrid is not the solution in any case. Why not build a Q level GT coupe in the spirit of the Lexus SC300/400? Something like a Panamera coupe. Despite a strong market Lexus and Acura abandoned this segment. BMW's 8 series has the space largely to itself. The technical aspect is within easy reach but the styling has to be correct and durable. If they have success they have an entrée into a sedan version. They turned down an Infiniti GTR to do this? Let's face it, between France and Japan how many big wins do they have?
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 1 Year Ago
      fantastic looking concept. hope it translates to the production model.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh WOW! I've fallen hard for this car. Build it just like that (move the steering wheel) but don't change a thing.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm telling you Nissan is taking it's brands in new awesome directions but people here are so blinded with hate they don't want to hear it. Go back in your caves haters, let the rest of us enjoy this bit of news.
      carcrazed4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks that the Volt/Fisker approach for Luxury branded marque is a smarter approach for plug ins? If the Acura NSX SH-AWD Hybrid were a plug in as well, would an extra $10k to the price make as much of a difference. Same goes for the Infiniti here, or even an Audi R8 E-Tron, or Mercedes SLS Electric, or the upcoming BMW i8. Luxury brands can steal the Fisker approach and make the plug in (when I want) gas engine (when I need) combo work much better then Chevy. It makes you wonder if GM made the volt at Caddy instead, and charged a little more would it do better instead of being compared to a Prius? Either ways, lets hope this Lotus based Infiniti is something special!
        Carfan0893
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carcrazed4life
        Cadillac does make the car you speak of. It's called the ELR.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      AB got it wrong, Infiniti isn't a premium brand.
      big daddy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Infiniti isn\'t a premium brand, really I guess lexus is ahh !
      mostchillininsc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems to me that the Infiniti designers are very fond of the 458 Italia...
      • 1 Year Ago
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      jmi2
      • 1 Year Ago
      though i love my Infiniti's, gotta say this is too much new Corvette with certain views of it...
      Dump
      • 1 Year Ago
      This'll be fun. If Nissan is planning to drastically update the GT-R, moving forward with Infiniti hybrid sports coupe would be the best time to take advantage of some available tech advances. Would like to see Infiniti cut the EX or make it a CUV. The bubble wagon hasn't been such a great option.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dump
        they have a new one in the works that will use the same platform as the Q50 with also a hybrid.The president state and the cheif designer state so. There will be an all new QX50 CUV in china. Q2: You said Infiniti needs to broaden the line-up. Can you give us clues as to what that will look like? De Nysschen: This is the most exciting part. We already announced that we are introducing a premium compact model positioned below today’s Q50. But that’s just the start. Everybody is hard at work right now on the planning for the successor to our acclaimed FX – what in the future will be the QX70, so we’ve seen a couple of design proposals evolving that. As well as what eventually will become the QX50.
      sasasa_sasasa
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beautiful car, timeless design.
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