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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Infiniti Reveals Q60 Concept at 2015 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT – Infiniti revealed the Q60 concept vehicle this morning, beginning the second of two press preview days at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in style.

Calling it "an original and bold reinterpretation of an elegant lifestyle 2+2 concept,” Infiniti said that the Q60 reflects a combination of eye-catching contours, power and high-quality premium finishes.

“The Q60 concept is Infiniti’s vision for a sports coupe. Design, performance and premium quality – these are what make a sports coupe stand above the crowd. And these are what you’ll find on the definitive Q60 concept," said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti executive director of design.

There is little doubt that the two-door fastback is destined for production, although Nissan did not offer any firm dates.

Still, Roland Kruger, who joined Infiniti as its CEO this past September, said the production version of the Q60 concept "will be very close to what you see today."

The Q30 Concept, which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show about 15 months ago, is slated to go into production this year.

The Q60 concept features a 3.0L V6 twin turbocharged direct injection engine with 24-valve DOHC and a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Aluminum and carbon fiber are prominent materials in the Q60 concept.

Nissan says vehicle designers emphasized the wheels to give the Q60 concept an athletic profile, accentuated with distinctive spoke 21-inch wheels that fill up the wheel arches to give the vehicle its domineering stance.

The exterior refinements continue on the outside to evoke a premium atmosphere.

A hand-stitched leather-wrapped steering wheel, instrument panel and carbon fiber in the door accents also telegraph the vehicle's performance, said Infiniti officials.

The Q60's seats have also been designed to complement the car’s character, with a variety of leathers used to bring out the best comfort, from premium saddle leather to thick cushion quilting. Rear passengers will enjoy bucket seats, adding to the premium environment in the car.

The vehicle's all-new engine, first previewed in the Q80 Inspiration at the Paris Motor Show, will be part of a new family of lighter, smaller, more efficient and more powerful engines that Infiniti plans to introduce within the next two years.

The Q60 concept also wraps in technologies designed to provide an intuitive level of driving assistance. These include Infiniti Direct Adaptive Steering, which first appeared on the Q50. The system controls both the angle of the tire and steering, said to transmit the driver's intentions to the wheels faster than would otherwise be possible with a mechanical system.

The vehicle will also have the new Infiniti "InTuition" system, a fully customizable digital environment that recognizes settings for up to four different drivers, including preferences for driving position, heating and cooling, audio, navigation and telematics.