Infiniti has set out to capture the attention of coupe fans with the Q60 Concept. Premiered at the Detroit motor show, the two-door concept hints at Infiniti’s next sports coupe.
The two-door fastback is a concept vehicle for which Infiniti says it has a firm and clear intent for production. Similarly, the Q30 Concept, which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show about 15 months ago, is also planned to go into production this year. The Q80 Inspiration was premiered at the Paris Motor Show back in September.
“The Q60 Concept is Infiniti’s most emotional and accessible concept so far,” said Francois Bancon, Infiniti’s vice president of product strategy.
“This concept goes beyond a flight-of-fancy design exercise; it is the next proof point in Infiniti’s concept-to-production approach. Come next year, Infiniti will produce a sports coupe with influences from the Q60 Concept.”
Measuring 4690 mm long, 1865 mm wide and 1370 mm high, the two-door concept features character lines that run the length of the car from the double arch grille at the front to the tail spoiler at the rear. The vehicle sits on deep 21-inch wheels that fill up the wheel arches.
“A car like this needs to look like you want to drive it and will respond to you. So, the rearview: We intentionally tapered all of the forms toward the middle to 20 feet behind the car. And then the rear fenders stick out like a cat’s rear legs, so really a sense that it is going to pounce,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s executive design director.
With the interior, the designers say the Q60 Concept aims to put the spotlight back on the needs of the driver and passengers through human-centric systems that provide increased personalisation.
For example, the design study incorporates the new Infiniti InTuition system, a customisable digital environment, which works with the vehicle’s ‘Intelligent Keys’ to recognise the vehicle settings for up to four different drivers, including preferences for driving position, heating and cooling, audio, navigation, telematics.
Underneath, the Q60 Concept is powered by the company’s next-generation 3.0-litre V6 engine with direct injection and twin-turbocharging.
This all-new engine was first previewed in the Q80 Inspiration during the Paris Motor Show and will be part of a new family of lighter, smaller, more efficient and more powerful engines that are slated to be introduced within the next two years.