Nissan Motor Co.'s Infiniti luxury brand will develop three all-new vehicles over the next three to four years: a compact sedan, a family-sized crossover and an electric luxury car based on the Nissan Leaf.
The plan is part of Infiniti's goal to increase sales and market share in the United States and globally.
In June, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn set a goal of more than tripling Infiniti's annual global sales to 500,000 units by 2016. To do that, he said, "Infiniti will be present in more than 70 markets with a product range of at least 10 vehicles." That target will require the automaker to add at least three models to its portfolio.
Compact car: Infiniti's compact sedan, drawn from the Etherea concept car shown at the Geneva auto show in March, will arrive in the 2013 or 2014 model year. The car will extend the brand into a price range below its G series, as BMW did with its less expensive 1 series. And like the larger and more expensive G, Infiniti's new compact could spawn model variations, such as a coupe.
The 1 series-fighter will be front drive, a departure for the rear-drive Infiniti brand. It also promises Infiniti's second hybrid powertrain offering, since it is designed around the proprietary drive system used in the M hybrid introduced this year. Based on indications from Infiniti at Geneva, the car will use a supercharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 245 hp. It will use a continuously variable transmission, independent suspension, regenerative braking and drive-by-wire electric/hydraulic steering.