Infiniti Q50, Q60, Q70 To Ditch RWD Platform By 2021

Infiniti’s future sedan models, and the Q60, will no longer use a rear-wheel drive platform, the company has confirmed.

Speaking with GoAuto at the Australian launch of the QX80, Infiniti product strategy vice-president Francois Bancon said replacements for the Q50, Q60, and Q70 will be based on a new, electrified platform with all-wheel drive as standard.

“All new product we do after 2021 is going to be electrified and it should be in sync with the new package or platform.

“So year by year we are going to do this. Before thinking of extending the portfolio (beyond QX50) that is going to be our mission. All the segments are going to be the same, depending on the age of the product we have we are going to have to replace this,” Bancon said.

The Nissan FM platform used by the Q50, Q60, and Q70 has been around since the 2001 Nissan Skyline and simply cannot be updated to support an electrified powertrain. Bancon added that it makes no sense to have a rear-wheel drive platform when future Infiniti hybrids can have a combustion engine at the front and an electric motor driving the rear wheels.

The first Infiniti sedan to be replaced by an all-new generation will probably be a new Q70. The current vehicle has been on the market since 2010 and but won’t be updated until 2021 at the earliest, Bancon said.

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  • Silverwing

    Tis’ a sad day.

    Nissan and Infiniti have been on a downward spiral for years now and the future does not look bright.

    They really made great cars in the past (G37, FX37) and I respect them for that era.

    • Jay

      yep, I see this as suicide..

  • Leconte Dave

    Might as well put CVTs for all models lol

  • Commonsenseonthefield

    I like it. Sort of a modern day Japanese luxury take on the audi model

    • Jasta

      Not Audi, Volvo. I guess that also antyhing above 4-cylinder will be ditched.

      • Commonsenseonthefield

        Nah remember when most audis were consistently awd?

  • john1168

    WOW! This sucks… I don’t mind them doing an electric platform or two or three but it’s sad they’re doing this to the Q50.

  • DMax

    Another victim on the altar of AWD. At least I hope they’ll be rear biased systems.

  • NissLover

    They NEED to do another major refresh of the Q70, inside and out this time. They CANNOT let the current car languish until 2021! I think it still looks good, but the interior tech is just too outdated! But if the QX80 is any sign…

    At first I was kinda sad about no more RWD, but AWD is cool and just about everything will be electrified at some point. And who would complain about more power and efficiency. I just hope the proportions of the cars are not obviously FWD… I like that Volvo and Audi still have balanced proportions.

  • Bash

    Oh boy!
    On the bright side, isn’t that like making room for Genesis to shine?!

  • BlackPegasus

    And the V6 power plants will be phased out next. 😒

  • Benjamin B.

    So maybe the rumors that Nissan will partner with Mercedes-Benz to work on the next generation Fairlady Z coupe/cabriolet and SLC roadster are true. Obviously the Z won’t share a FWD platform with the Q50 and Q60.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      that rumor is dead

  • An Existing Person

    No one would mind a few fully electrified models, but the whole range is just a bad decision in my opinion. Limiting themselves to only one market would kill the brand. If they do go through with this, at least make the AWD system rear-wheel biased if they want to remain competitive.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Better than Mitsubishi

    • LWOAP

      For now so long as the GT-R exists. If Nissan pulls the plug on that thing, oh boy.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Here’s one question that needs to be answered.
    Will this AWD system be RWD biased or FWD biased?

  • Ed Ward

    And they say Chrysler’s LX platform is old and outdated, lol.

  • Jay

    Those details are not in this article.

  • Benjamin B.

    That’s what the companies officially say now… but things change. Let’s hope there is a next generation Fairlady Z. Maybe they’ll give us a proper Eclipse too (not a crossover).

  • Benjamin B.

    If anything, it could be front-wheel drive based.

  • Genki De

    Nissan has lost it’s mind and credibility to those who have been loyal to their brand… But, those who are loyal also stay quiet. Electrification hasn’t been fully understood concerning the impact of battery disposal on the environment. Many of the chemicals are worse than the ICE only platforms.

  • Jay

    Again those details are not here. It’s not hard but not everyone checks the links in the article…

  • smartacus

    Carlos Ghosn needs to go.
    if they can abandon RWD
    they can abandon CVT.
    for being too sporty

  • Jay

    It’s not lazy. People come here to read the article assuming all the details are here.

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