Infiniti D20, an entry-level rear-wheel drive hot hatch with BMW's 1 series squarely in its sights.
C H O P — Infiniti takes on the admittedly limited niche market rear-wheel drive hatchback class with this new D series. Power comes from a brand new 2.0 liter four-cylinder. Performance variants will include both a turbo- and a supercharger for maximum efficiency, power and torque. Available in three states of tune: D20 with 150hp/165ft-lbs, D20t with 190hp/215ft-lbs, and the D20t3 with 250hp/275ft/lbs. Economy ranges from 45 combined highway/city for the D20 to 32 combined for the D20t3. A hybrid drivetrain will be available in six months, with a lithium ion battery pack guaranteed for ten years and 150,000 miles, and a small electric motor in each wheel hub for fully electronic all-wheel drive and a 75mpg combined rating. A 100 mile electric-only range capability will be offered. Three and five doors will be available. Depending on sales, the range could expand with a coupe and convertible towards the end of the their first three year cycle. US sales will commence at the same time as European sales.
First chop since my bike mishap. Even though I still only have nine good fingers, those nine are doing OK, lol. I did another small Infiniti coupe, the R25 a few years ago from the same base photo of an Alfa Romeo MiTo, but it was pretty crude compared to this one. Cute, but crude. I work in a much higher level of detail these days.