Prior to its debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show later today, Infiniti has pulled the wraps off its new Q60 Coupe.
Previewed by last year’s Q60 Coupe Concept, Infiniti’s 4-Series fighter has a stylish design, sporting the new signature grille along with LED headlights with the Light Guide technology that mimic the shape of the human eyelid and a sloping roofline.
As standard, it comes with 19-inch rims, 20-inch ones being available as an option. The company says that Select Sport models have wider rear wheels and tires, contributing to a more aggressive stance while improving handling.
The car has a drag coefficient of 0.28 thanks to its sleek body and the Active Grille Shutter, available on all Q60 models, which remains closed most of the time and opens when a “greater performance is required”.
The cabin has new trims and modern-looking materials with a bold design. Aluminum trim is found on the base version, while black wood is available as an option. The Sport and Premium versions get the carbon fiber highlights, while the red or white leather seating variants come with a silver glass fiber accent.
The new 13-speaker premium sound system, made by Bose, is making its world debut in a production vehicle inside the new Q60 and it was specifically designed for this model. This is matched with the vehicle’s noise cancelling technology and it joins the standard InTuition central control system.
Active and passive safety technologies include Lane Departure Prevention, Backup Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Intervention, Intelligent Cruise Control with Distance Control Assist, Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection and Around View Monitor.
The 2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe will come with three power units, including the newly-developed 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 from the VR powertrain family, rated at 400hp (405PS) at 6,400rpm and 350lb-ft (475Nm) of torque at 1,600-5,200rpm.
There is also a 300hp (304PS) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) version, along with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 208hp (211PS) and 258lb-ft (350Nm) of torque.
Fuel efficiency is rated at 23mpg US (10.2l/100km) and 154g/km of CO2 for the 300hp version and at 22mpg US (10.7l/100km) and 206 g/km of CO2 for the 400hp model. The less powerful unit delivers 24mpg US (9.8l/100km) and emits 154g/km of CO2.
All engines are mated to a tweaked seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear-wheel drive or the rear-biased Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. The AWD is tuned for enhanced stability in low-grip conditions, distributing 50:50 torque between the front and rear wheels in default setting. It can also send 100 percent to the rear axle if extra traction isn’t immediately required. Buyers of the biturbo V6 will get the second-gen direct adaptive steering with six modes available: Standard, Snow, Eco, Sport, Sport+ (for certain models) and Customize.
There is also a choice of two suspension systems, with the standard ensuring a low level of road noise and vibrations while allowing a more direct and liner handling response, while the Dynamic Digital Suspension, standard on the Q60 Sport grades, offers “best-in-class handling responses and agility, and enhanced ride comfort”. The electronically adjustable shock absorbers can be put in either Sport or Sport+ modes and adjusted via the Drive Mode Selector.
Nissan’s luxury brand did not say anything on the pricing of the new Q60 sports coupe, only that it will go on sale in selected markets later this year.