Infiniti Releases Teaser Ahead of Paris

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Infiniti Releases Teaser Ahead of Paris
As the Paris Motor Show prepares to kick off in October, Infiniti has released a teaser for a new vehicle that promises to “on a scale not seen before” from the luxury automaker. With little more than a teaser image and a 32-word press release, there isn’t much information to go on, but there are a few different possibilities for what Infiniti has in store.
Back in June, Andy Palmer, Nissan executive vice president and chief planning officer as well as a chairman of Infiniti, confirmed that Infiniti would be building a new small crossover called the Infiniti QX30. Slotting below the QX50, this would definitely be on a scale not seen from Infiniti in the past, so this Paris announcement could be a concept vehicle hinting at the future QX30.

Of course, with that being said, there’s always the possibility that this could be the production version of the Infiniti Q30. It has been almost a year since the Q30 Concept was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and with the market for premium small cars heating up, Infiniti should be pretty close to getting its new compact hatchback on the road.

Finally, on the opposite end of Infiniti’s scale, this could be a glimpse at a new halo vehicle for Infiniti. On one end, we’ve heard reports that the automaker is preparing to introduce a flagship four-door coupe wearing the Q80 or Q90 name to compete against the Porsche Panamera. Recent rumors suggest this car could borrow a rear-wheel-drive platform from Mercedes-Benz, and, perhaps even more intriguing, it could be powered by a turbocharged V-6 that could produce as much as 700 hp.

As far as the rumor mill goes, Infiniti could also introduce a low-volume halo sports coupe based on the Emerg-E Concept, which we've heard might arrive by 2018. While we don’t really expect this Paris concept to be related to that car, there’s no way to know for sure.

All that we do know is that Infiniti concluded its press release by saying “À bientôt,” which translates to “see you soon” in French, so we could be seeing some more of the car before it is officially unveiled. Press days for the 2014 Paris Motor Show are October 2-3, but the public will be able to see the new Infiniti model and all other unveilings from October 4-19.
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