Infiniti has taken the wraps off the Q60 Concept, the precursor to the brand’s sports coupe that will go into production in 2016, at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
First unveiled last week through fresh new photos released online, the Infiniti Q60 Concept bare its metal under glittering lights today, boasting a sweeping exterior cut by angular lines, and a high quality interior finished in the smallest detail.
The Q60 Concept was introduced by Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti, in his first appearance representing the company on an auto show stage.
“One look and it is clear: Q60 Concept is a strong statement from Infiniti designers that the exhilaration is real,” said Krueger. “Design is a key driver for developing a strong brand. Q60 Concept is another building block in Infiniti’s quest to refresh its portfolio with a strong and consistent design language. And in 2016, we will launch a new model heavily inspired by the Q60 Concept.”
Infiniti has indicated the expansion of its portfolio into smaller premium vehicles such as the upcoming production Q30, while also showing a tantalizing vision for a full-size sedan in the form of the Q80 Inspiration concept in Paris last October. The striking Q60 Concept signals Infiniti’s plans to bolster offerings in the middle of the product lineup.
But the big news announced today is a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine newly developed for the Q60 Concept, which will likely make it to the production model. Equipped with direct-injection, the new generation twin-turbo V6 produces 450hp (335kW).
The same unit is also used in the Q80 Inspiration revealed late last year. In the new flagship, the engine is paired with an electric motor in a hybrid setup to produce 550hp (410kW) of combined electrified power. Whether the Q60 production model will also get a hybrid variant with similar outputs remain to be seen.