Infiniti Q60 Concept Preview
By Jeff Youngs, January 27, 2015
- 2+2 coupe hints at next-generation Q60 production model
- Described as "seductive and attainable" by its designer
- Distinctly different model from the Q50 sedan
- Intelligent, adaptive LED headlights
- New twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine
- Enhanced Direct Adaptive Steering
- Next-generation Infiniti InTuition infotainment system
- Advanced Intelligent Key functionality
At the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Infiniti unveiled its latest concept vehicle, the Q60 Concept. According to François Bancon, Infiniti's vice president of product strategy, the Q60 Concept "is the next proof point in Infiniti's concept-to-product approach." Bancon says that in 2016 the automaker will build a new sports coupe with "influences" from the Q60 Concept.
Alfonso Albaisa, executive design director for Infiniti, says that the Q60 Concept is not a 2-door coupe version of the existing Q50 sedan. Rather, this is a distinctly different automobile, shaped to inspire an emotional reaction.
In describing the Q60 Concept, Infiniti characterizes the car's styling as precise, sharp, and striking, with bodywork that emphasizes the wheels and amplifies the cabin. The Infiniti emblem in the grille illuminates at night, and the concept uses 21-in. wheels with a mix of gloss and matte black finishes, as well as carbon fiber detailing, to contrast with the unique Arctic Aluminum paint's liquid metal finish. Crescent-cut rear roof pillars are an Infiniti hallmark, redefined with the Q60 Concept.
The intelligent, adaptive LED headlights are designed to resemble the human eye and automatically adjust based on steering angle, vehicle speed, and how elevated the nose of the car is during acceleration. Infiniti uses LED taillights in a familiar form, as well as chrome-finished dual exhaust outlets.
Infiniti claims that the Q60 Concept's 4-passenger interior reflects "meticulous craftsmanship." Seats covered in premium quilted leather sit under a panoramic glass roof and face a 2-tone dashboard with driver-oriented controls. A flow-through center console design divides the rear seat into individual buckets, and Infiniti uses hand-stitched leather, simulated suede, and carbon fiber trim to convey "artistry and tailoring."
Under the Hood
A direct-injection, twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 engine sits beneath the Q60 Concept's hood, the same power plant that debuted in the Q80 Inspiration Concept in 2014. Infiniti says it is part of a new family of smaller, lighter, more powerful, and more fuel-efficient engines coming to the entire Infiniti lineup.
For the Q60 Concept, Infiniti has created an enhanced version of Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering, which debuted on the Q50 sedan. The automaker says this technology is designed to convey the driver's intentions to the wheels faster than a traditional mechanical system can, thereby making the car feel more responsive.
A next-generation version of the company's dual-screen Infiniti InTuition infotainment system is also installed in the Q60 Concept, along with digital instrumentation that can be tailored to specific drivers and matches to the advanced version of Infiniti's Intelligent Key technology.
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