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by Tim Beissmann

Infiniti will reportedly release an all-new coupe next year to rival the BMW 4 Series.

Infiniti chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura told Top Gear the new mid-sized two-door sports model would debut inside 12 months.

“I want to make a two-door coupe. It’s coming, you’ll see it within one year. It’ll be a production version, a little bit bigger than a BMW 4 Series, but not as big as a 6 Series,” Nakamura said.

The new model is believed to be the replacement for the Q60, formerly known as the G coupe, which has been in production since 2006. Along with the 4 Series, the Japanese two-door will go head to head with the Audi A5, Lexus RC and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.

Infiniti Australia told CarAdvice the new coupe won’t reach our market next year. The local division has not finalised launch timing at this stage, but has previously stated it will have a busy year in 2016, making that year a possibility.

A concept version of the new coupe could be revealed at January’s Detroit auto show, though the final production version is not expected to appear until closer to the middle of the year.

Nakamura suggested the coupe would not simply be a two-door version of the Infiniti Q50 sedan, confirming that it would take design cues and elements from the Q80 Inspiration concept that’s headed to next month’s Paris motor show.

Note: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept pictured.