Nissan & Infiniti
Nissan has teased the 2015 Infiniti Q60 Concept before it’s introduction at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) later this month. Like the Infiniti Coupe Concept of 2006/2007, this concept previews the next Infiniti coupe – what used to be known as a G37 coupe is now the Q60. Look for it in the 2016 or early 2017 model year.
This is clearly another use of the FM platform and architecture, although the engine choices remain an unknown at this early point. We’d expect the same VQ engines used in the Q50 sedan (not counting the Mercedes-based 4 cylinder gas and diesel engines used elsewhere in the world), although we’ll also note that a new 3-liter V-6 may well make its appearance here. Infiniti trademarked “G30T” a few years back and that was believed to refer to a twin-turbo V-6 engine. And if history repeats itself, Infiniti will use the debut of the coupe to also debut new engines – resulting in a much-needed update to the Q50 as well.
We’re looking forward to the press conference on 13th and will hope to hear some details then about any new engines. And, if history repeats itself again (as it has twice before), we’ll see an updated Z on this same platform a year later (however, we have a strong feeling that the next Z will use a new and smaller platform instead!).
Infiniti Press Release follows:
The power to captivate: Infiniti Q60 Concept
- Infiniti reveals two-door concept for a future sports coupe
- Design draws cues from latest Infiniti models and Formula One
- Handmade leather finishes, Alcantara®, and carbon fiber feature in the bespoke interior
HONG KONG – Ahead of the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Infiniti raises the curtain on its vision of a premium sports coupe.
The striking Q60 Concept is poised to entice coupe fans with its sharp contours and hand-crafted interior, while at the same time suggesting performance and power to match. Result: a no-compromise fusion of looks and speed.
The Q60 Concept sits low and wide in a road-hugging stance hinting at exceptional dynamics and driving pleasure.
While the Q60 Concept is fresh and original, it evokes a sense of déjà vu at times with whiffs and traces of the Q80 Inspiration (shown this past October at the Paris Motor Show) evident in its finest details.
The audaciously low roofline and quilted leather seats remind one of the elegant full-size Q80 Inspiration, while the aerodynamic gills behind the front wheel arches are inherited from the Q50 Eau Rouge sports saloon concept.
“The Q80 Inspiration was an indication of Infiniti’s future design language,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director. “The Q60 Concept is the next step in the journey. The sweeping lines of the Q80 Inspiration gave the Q60 Concept its coupe silhouette and looks while the Formula One-inspired touches from the Q50 Eau Rouge endowed the coupe with its sports personality.”
The visual excitement in the edgy lines of the concept is set off by the custom 21-inch wheels, which take up the entire wheel arch. Inspired by jet turbine blades, the black spokes in a combination of mattes and chromes stretch to the edge of the wheel, further emphasizing how “planted” the coupe is.
The high-quality ambience inside speaks of Infiniti’s meticulous attention to detail, clearly evident from the impeccable hand-stitched leather to the precise treatment of the carbon fiber accents.
Infiniti designers use a variety of leathers on the seats to provide just the perfect balance of comfort and support as befits a premium sports coupe. They also make the Q60 Concept a genuine “2+2” coupe by giving rear passengers more legroom through the use of genuine sport seats.
As a foreshadowing of the next generation of Infiniti’s premium sports coupe, the Q60 Concept makes use of taut lines and sports car cues to convey exceptional stance and presence.
See the Q60 Concept in the metal when Infiniti holds its 2015 NAIAS press conference at 8:10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, January 13.
Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States and China. Production in the UK will start in 2015, bringing with it significant expansion of the brand’s portfolio. Infiniti plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.
As the Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Infiniti has a far-reaching technical collaboration with the four-time FIA Formula One World Championship winning Team.
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