Infiniti to Fight Mercedes S-Class with Plug-in Hybrid Flagship

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Infiniti has begun development on its Mercedes S-Class fighting flagship which is based on the Q80 Inspiration Concept. 

The car will be a plug-in hybrid, with the Japanese brand benchmarking it next to the Mercedes S500 plug-in hybrid and the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. The Q80 Inspiration Concept featured a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 mated to an electric powerplant which created 550 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque combined.

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The engine that debuted in the concept is the first in a lineup of aluminum-based engines that is coming from Infiniti over the next two years. The concept’s dimensions were sightly wider and shorter than the current S-Class.

It is likely we will see the production version of the Q80 at a major auto show in 2016, while the car may launch as a 2017 model year vehicle.

[Source: Auto News Europe]

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  • craigcole

    This is intriguing. I really, REALLY like Infiniti’s design language — MUCH more than Lexus or Acura. I can’t wait to see what their interpretation off a flagship-caliber sedan is.