Infiniti Has Big Plans for G Lineup

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Big changes are coming to Infiniti's G lineup. An Infiniti insider in Japan recently spilled the beans to Motor Trend about the brand’s future plans, including a new G that borrows heavily from the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Motor Trend reports that the new G will go on sale in summer 2014 and be a couple inches longer and use a more muscular design. It’ll also have a lower roofline than the current model and a four-door-coupe-like silhouette. Coupe and sedan body styles will return, with the former debuting first.

There's even bigger news in the powertrain department. Infiniti is exploring whether to bring diesel power to its U.S. lineup, by borrowing the C-Class' 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that's available in Europe. It’s also likely that the next G will feature a hybrid powertrain. According to Motor Trend’s source, plans also include a hybrid version of Infiniti’s 3.5-liter V-6 and a twin-turbocharged 3.7-liter V-6 with direct injection. The latter is for the group's new Infiniti Performance Line brand and should generate around 530 horsepower.

Infiniti Super G with 530-hp Twin-Turbo V-6 in Pipeline (Motor Trend)

Comments 

Ken L.

It's about time Infiniti departs from its current curvaceous design language. Very few luxury cars can pull off the Jellybean designs; Porsche is probably the only one that I can think of. Besides, it was getting hard to differentiate between a Nissan and Infiniti. Looking forward to seeing more muscular designs from them, just as long as it's not a direct rip-off from Mercedes.

Jay

I can't say I have a problem with the current exterior of the G and it doesn't look like any current Nissan I know. It has an exotic look that you won't get from models like the C-class and Lexus IS that look real close. What I do have a problem with is the next G being based off the current or next C-class and using Mercedes engines. They can't afford to make a mistake with there volume car in the sake of saving money developing a new or enhancing a crueent platform.

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