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Infiniti is looking to broaden its model range in order to penetrate new vehicle segments. At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Emerg-E debuted and now the Japanese luxury automaker is considering bringing it to production.
More importantly though, Infiniti is looking to build up its Infiniti Performance Line that made all but a slight whimper instead of a roar, in its debut last year on the G coupe and convertible models. Infiniti Americas Vice President, Ben Poore recently said, “IPL is to us a steppingstone. It’s not an AMG, and it wasn’t intended to be. It’s a place where we’re going to start a subbrand.”
So it appears that Infiniti will be leaning towards a BMW M approach with its IPL subbrand. We’re excited to see where IPL can go, as Infiniti has a great platform of sports cars thanks to its Nissan heritage.
[Source: Automotive News]
Along with three new Nissan models, the Japanese automaker is also planning to showcase another trio of debuts for its premium Infiniti brand at the LA Auto Show later this year. Included in the list are the Infiniti M Hybrid, the G25 Sedan and the IPL G Coupe.
The M Hybrid uses Infiniti’s 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an electric motor to get what Infiniti says is V8 power with 4-cylinder fuel economy. Infiniti has promised that its innovative new hybrid powertrain will deliver anywhere from a 60 to 90 percent improvement in fuel economy.
Joining the hybrid will be the G25 Sedan, a new entry-level Infiniti model designed to compete with the Lexus IS250 and Acura TSX. Instead of the G37′s 328-hp V6, the G25 will get a 2.5-liter V6 with 218-hp. For $30,950, a G25 sedan will still give you features like 17-inch wheels, xenon headlamps, leather seats, aluminum interior trim, power seats, and six-speaker stereo. The upscale Journey trim level adds a backup camera, heated front seats and dual zone climate control.
Finally, the IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) G Coupe will be unveiled as more potent and sport-injected version of the G37. Upgrades to the G include a retuned 3.7-liter V6 engine with a high-flow exhaust to bump power slightly to 348-hp. Torque also jumps to 276 ft-lbs. Additional modifications include a retuned suspension, 19-inch wheels with sport brakes and a limited slip differential – plus there’s a unique aero kit, as well as IPL badging for a time of 14.7:1 Other standard features include a special IPL engine cover, a back-up camera and incredible red stitching.
As always, AutoGuide will be on hand with complete coverage of all the LA Auto Show debuts starting November 17th. Until then, see our LA Auto Show preview here.
GALLERY: IPL G Coupe
Official release after the jump:
It’s no M3, in fact its not even a 335is, but Infiniti has officially launched a more high performance version of its G Coupe. Called the IPL G Coupe, the initials stand for Intiniti Performance Line, with this new G Coupe likely the first of many such models for across Infinitis range.
Upgrades to the G include a retuned 3.7-liter V6 engine with a high-flow exhaust
to bump power slightly to 348-hp. Torque also jumps to 276 ft-lbs. Those aren’t very dramatic changes with the GS sporting 18-more horsepower and 6 more ft-lbs of torque
Additional modifications include a retuned suspension, 19-inch wheels with sport brakes and a limited slip differential – plus there’s a unique aero kit, as well as IPL badging for a time of 14.7:1 Other standard features include a special IPL engine cover, a back-up camera and incredible red stitching.
Infiniti has also just announced the debut of the G25 model, although there’s no word on pricing.
GALLERY: Infiniti IPL G Coupe
Infiniti‘s long-awaited G Coupe IPL was unveiled today at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. Despite rumors of the car being a competitor to the BMW M3 and Lexus IS-F, the numbers are rather underwhelming; just 348-horsepower was extracted from the cars VQ37HR and just 276 lb-ft of torque, bumps of just 18 horsepower and 6 lb-ft.
While cosmetic features like 19″ wheels and an optional red leather interior are abound, there are also slightly stiffer springs, a limited slip differential and 4-piston front brake calipers. We still can’t help feel that this is a blown opportunity that could have been used to create a world class sports coupe.
Hit the jump for the official press release
Gallery: Infiniti Performance Line G Coupe IPL