Infiniti's product portfolio is in the midst of transformation that will see more collaboration with the mass-market Nissan brand.
The Japanese luxury line will launch five vehicles globally in the next three years, with future Infiniti models based on a "company" platform for large vehicles that will be shared with Nissan vehicles. That new platform will yield gasoline, full-electric and hybrid powertrains for Infiniti.
Infiniti's product reboot comes as its U.S. business struggles with a multiyear sales slide. U.S. sales cratered 21 percent last year, well before the hit of the coronavirus shutdown, as it contended with one of the oldest product portfolios in the industry.
As part of the shuffle, Infiniti's rear-wheel-drive coupe and sedans will move to a Nissan platform, possibly pulled from the Altima or Maxima sedans, that accommodates the company's e-Power hybrid setup. The first Infiniti e-Power offering will arrive in the U.S. by around 2023.
"We will bring back Infiniti as Nissan-plus, in terms of product and technology," Nissan Motor Co. COO Ashwani Gupta told Automotive News this year.
Q50: Infiniti's volume sedan will be redesigned in 2023. The next-generation Q50 will switch to an electrified platform based on the Qs Inspiration, which debuted at the 2019 Shanghai auto show. The redesign will feature Nissan's e-Power serial hybrid technology, which relies on a gasoline engine to recharge a lithium ion battery that propels the vehicle. Infiniti's version of e-Power could use a variant of the QX50's VC-Turbo engine.