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Infiniti prepping two new variants for Pebble Beach

By KBB.com Editors on May 19, 2010 6:46 PM
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Although revealing virtually no specifics, Infiniti has confirmed that it will display a pair of production-intended newcomers at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August. The news came during the press launch of Infiniti's new QX56 and was provided in the form of this broad-brush profile sketchlet. Accompanying the flash-glance was a comment by Infiniti vice president Ben Poore who noted that these new variants will be "extensions" of two existing lines and take Nissan's luxury division into new, previously unexploited market areas.

What else do we know for sure? Both vehicles -- which if the visual hints dropped by these minimalist renderings can be trusted appear to be additions to the existing M and G families -- will be in showrooms by the end of the year. Poore also indicated that one will have more of a volume-oriented focus while the other is being endowed with an overt performance character. Whether that may mean a more affordable M model and/or a V8-powered G56 remains to be seen.

Beyond that, Poore said the division's remaining future portfolio will see the 2012 M35 Hybrid sedan officially introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November before going on sale in early 2011 and that an Infiniti EV will arrive "at some later date." Finally, he noted that Infiniti is also working diligently to find new ways of increasing the fuel efficiency of all other members of its lineup in an attempt to meet and beat ever-more-stringent CAFE regulations.

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