The 2017 Infiniti Q60 belongs to the line of compact executive cars produced by Infiniti division of Nissan. The 1st generation vehicles came out in 1990, and have evolved through four generations of market existence. The currently available 4th generation models came out in 2006; received a facelift in 2011. The first two generation models were designed on Nissan Primera. Since the 3rd generation models, Badge Engineering was performed on Nissan Skyline sedans to create Infiniti G. The current models are available in hardtop convertible coupes; the 2017 Infiniti Q60, slated to launch next year is a redesigned version of 4th generation models.
2017 Infiniti Q60 – Redesign Specs
The 2017 Infiniti Q60 was first unveiled to the public at the Detroit Auto Show this year. Major modifications have been done to both the interiors as well as the exteriors. The two door coupe rides on 112.2 inches wheelbase. The car is 184.6 inches long from front to rear bumper, 73.4 inches wide from fender to fender and 53.9 inches high. The sleek shape as showcased in the concept version will make its way to productions models. Details like rear duck tail spoilers, flowing tail lights, aggressive headlights, the front air dam; which resembles the likes used in Formula One, seductive wheels and wide open front grille will also make their way from concept model to production models as well.
The pulled back body lines from front to rear fenders, low positioned grille and lowered hood gives a unique profile to 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe, which is different from those of Aston Martin and Jaguars.
The interiors of upcoming 2017 Infiniti Q60 will receive major upgrades too; the cockpit will feature inclusion of new LED lit panels, premium quality leather-covered steering wheel and seats, improved hardware and software support for navigation, infotainment and other systems.
2017 Infiniti Q60 – Engine Offerings
Since 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe is Nissan’s answer to the German Triad of Audi A5, Mercedes C Class Coupe and BMW 4 Series, similar drive trains will be offered. Designed by Nissan-Renault and Daimler, drive train offerings will be a 2 liter turbocharged and inter cooled 16 valve Dual Overhead Camshaft inline four-cylinder unit, generating 211 horsepower and 370 Nm torque(also available for Q50); and a 3 liter twin turbocharged and inter cooled 24 valve Dual Overhead Camshaft V6 unit, producing 330 horsepower and 366 Nm of torque.
The 3 liter turbo unit is Nissan’s own creation, and showcases direct fuel injection for the first time to compact Infinites. The twin turbochargers, if boosted, will further turn up the output at 400 horsepower and 475 Nm torque. The hybrid system as available on Q50 however will not be available.
The coupe will have a top speed of 140 mph, and can hit an acceleration of 0-62 mph in 4.6-5.6 seconds.
The standard transmission offering will be a 7 speed automatic with modes for manual shifting. Rear wheel drive will be made standard with an optional 4 wheel drive.
Considerable amount of high strength aluminum and steel will be used for construction to reduce the weight, so fairly good fuel efficiency of about 22 miles per gallon can be expected.
Upgraded Navigation and Infotainment with Hardware and Software Support
The 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe will be equipped with Sports Package, which includes bigger front brake calipers, firmer rear shocks and large 13 inch rotors. Active steering package, which allows the relationship between drivers’ steer inputs and angle of steered road wheels to be intelligently and continuously altered and limited slip differential, is also included.
The infotainment system will feature a large Infiniti in Touch 8 inch color touch screen display, with in-built maps (in-vehicle compass app is also present to determine exact GPS location including coordinates), destination search with interactive voice response system for Destination Assistance and enhanced traffic information via Sirius XM and Nav Traffic services. Hands free communication, multiple music options, Sirius XM travel link services, Infiniti Personal Assistant and My Schedule (featuring Google Calendar) are other features offered.
The safety kit comes with a standard dual front airbags, rear and front side curtain airbags and front torso airbags. Side impact and front offset crash tests by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was rated quite well, while roof strength was rated acceptable.
2017 Infiniti Q60 – Price and Release Date
The 2017 Infiniti Q60 will be available from the fall of 2016 with a price range of $45, 000- $56, 000.