DETROIT -- Infiniti finally has its much anticipated halo car. But it’s not the massive, performance-engined Porsche Panamera fighter once bandied about by brand executives.
Instead, it's the production coupe going on sale next year that will be based on the new Q60 Concept unveiled Sunday on the eve of the Detroit motor show press days.
Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti Americas, called the coupe the halo for Nissan Motor Corp.’s luxury marque.
“This car is going to be the halo car,” Bartsch said at its unveiling. “This car is absolutely critical … This car is a legacy car for Infiniti. It’s going to put Infiniti on the map.”
The low-slung, sharply-creased sporty car is a two-door derivative of the popular Q50 sedan. It is expected to get an all-new 3.0-liter, V-6 turbocharged, direct-injection engine.
But it will be a stop-gap “halo” slotted below the highly anticipated Q80 or Q90 former brand boss Johan de Nysschen said was in the works. That car was expected around 2017 or 2018.
Shiro Nakamura, the Chief Creative Officer for Nissan and Infiniti, said such a top tier halo is still “under discussion.”
But it’s still a while off: “At the end of the day, we have to have it,” he said. “But we’re not going to rush.”