Infiniti Q60 Concept Debuts at Detroit Auto Show

Stylish coupe looks to further Infiniti’s performance mission.

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Infiniti redesigned the G37 sedan in 2014, renaming it Q50 and presenting a new look for the brand. The Q60 Coupe, however, has soldiered on with the aging G Coupe bodystyle despite its new name. Fortunately, Infiniti is hard at work on the third-generation of its sports coupe, and has revealed a concept aimed at providing a peek for what this new model will eventually look like.

Called the Infiniti Q60 Concept, the lithe coupe previews the production Q60 which hopes to further Infiniti's move toward a more performance-oriented lineup. The Q60 Concept's design thus takes up a more aggressive, sportier appearance, and packs a new engine and a sporty interior to back up this transition.

The Q60 Concept packs a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6, the same engine found in the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept which debuted at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. Power is sent to either the rear or all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Though this new engine may not be found in the production Q60 right off the bat, we expect to see this powertrain and other derivative V-6s eventually propagate across the Infiniti lineup to replace the existing VQ V-6 and V-8 engines.

The Q60 Concept also features Infiniti's controversial drive-by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering found on the current Q50, and features new refinements to the system that are said to improve feel and sportiness.

The Q60 Concept pulls much from past design concepts, including the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration and the high-performance Q50 Eau Rouge. "The Q80 was really the car that we started showing the next language for the portfolio, something to say we are about to show things more 'road ready'. This (The Q60 Concept) is the first step." said Alfonso Albaisa, Design Director of Infiniti. "It adopts the performance aspects of the Q50 Eau Rouge, which is immediately associated with Infiniti performance and the science and sport of Formula One racing."

The aluminum-bodied Q60 Concept is a fastback and wears the flowing lines and large front fascia we have come to expect of Infiniti's new design language that debuted on the Q50. Riding on specially designed 21-inch wheels, the Q60 Concept is nearly one inch longer than the current Q60 coupe, at 184.6 inches. It's also 1.6 inches wider than its predecessor, giving the Q60 Concept a menacing, athletic stance. Aerodynamic fins recessed between the door and wheel-wells and carbon fiber wings in the lower-front fascia provide an aggressive appearance.

The interior is a blend of Alcantara, leather, and carbon fiber, melded into a driver focused atmosphere, contrasted in white-and-black and backlit with ice-blue instrument lighting. The Q60 Concept also features the same InTuition infotainment system first debuted on the Q50 sedan.

Which of these elements can we expect to find in the actual production coupe when it debuts sometime later in 2015? We don't expect the production Q60 to differ too drastically from the concept, as Albaisa previously stated that the production version would be "very, very close" to this concept. Expect the recessed aerodynamic bits and the high-cost materials like carbon fiber and Alcantara to disappear, but the overall shape and layout to remain the same.

Keep an eye out for more live photos of the Infiniti Q60 Concept as it makes its official debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show this week.

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