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.
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.