The Japanese Infiniti is moving up on the ladder of luxury coupes with their new 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe. The design team has been working hard and long on this one and the result is a refreshing, slightly odd luxury two-door. Forget the “rule” that coupes are an almost exact copy of their four-door counterparts. It’s true sedans are usually more popular among the public and get more attention in the production process, but the coupe is catching up. For example, the 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe has its base in the sedan Q50, but when you compare them, they look like two totally different cars. A very good development, if you ask us.
The exterior of the 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe is already known. Multiple spy shots and official photographs of the full car are out and about and it’s looking good. Considering it’s supposed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz C-class coupe, it simply must be. The Q60 competes by having a revolutionary and eye-catching design. Although it remains inconspicuous enough for the masses, it still is different from anything you’ve seen before.
Starting at the front, the first thing you’ll notice is the unmistakable Infiniti grille with the logo in the middle. Infinit redesigned the lower air vent and parking lights completely from what it was on the last Q60. The lower part of the bumper is smaller and edgier. Then there are the eye-inspired headlights, surrounded by a sharp LED-line that flow into the centre grille. Furthermore, eye-catching is the long and steep hood of the car. The two creases we know from its predecessor are present as well and emphasized, giving the car a real mean look.
2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe side and rear
Moving on to the side of the car, here is a sidelong crease across the line of the doorhandle, terminating at the same point where the rear window flows into the trunk. This creates a beautiful shadow and continues the mean line of the car. At the position of the front wheel there’s an L-shaped air vent, seemingly inspired by the BMW 7 series. At the lower part there is a light crease and a bulging bottom line. From the side the car looks just supersleek, with the long hood and short back it definitely reminds us of the 2017 911 R exterior by German car manufacturer Porsche.
The back of the car consists of an almost horizontal rear window, a very aesthetic trunk and a broad body. The taillights feature the same sharply lined LED-lamps and run over onto the trunk door. The back bumper features two round exhausts, one on the left and one on the right. These are not the same as the exhausts that we saw on the concept car, one of the only points on which the production car differs from the concept car.
Overall, the 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe is wider and lower than its predecessors, adding a lot to the interior space. That is now a comfortable place to resort to, for children as well as adults.
What does the Infiniti Q60 have to offer on the inside? Does it live up to the expectations set by the luxurious exterior?
First off, the entry-level will have aluminium or optional black wood as the main interior material. The “Sport” and “Premium” trims will feature carbon fiber, and buyers who choose the white or red leather can also choose from silver glass fiber. Active Noise Cancellation comes with all 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe models, meaning to prevent engine noise from intruding the cabin. Furthermore, the Q60 will be the first production car to throw in an optional all new 13-speaker, BOSE sound system. More recently, the tech department of the 2018 Audi A8 interior got that same system.
The car also features two big LCD touchscreens on the centre console. To see what they can control, scroll down to “tech specs”.
The Q60’s seats are ergonomically designed for preventing pain due to driving. For example, the seats have spinal support, to minimize extensive pressure on certain points on the back. Areas of the body get support to keep the driver in place on less smooth roads.
Starting with the base engine, that’s a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter gas engine, capable of producing 208 horsepower.
Then there are two 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engines available. One that can make 300 horsepower and another one that can make up to 400 horsepower. The estimated CO2 output for the 300 hp model is 23 mpg (154g/km). The 400 hp model will have an estimated output of 22 mpg (206 g/km).
Competition comes in the form of the popular compact sports car engine of the BMW 4 series Gran Coupe. With an engine choice of 252 and 326 horsepower, the settled car brand can outshine the ambitious Q60.
The base model has rear wheel drive and optional All Wheel Drive. Only a seven-speed automatic transmission will be available.
The LCD touchscreens on the centre console come standard with Infiniti’s InTuition infotainment control system. It now has a faster processor, and the driver can adjust the temperature and seating positions with it. It also features navigation and controls the audio system.
The Premium Q60 features active and passive safety technologies, such as Blind Spot Intervention, Intelligent Cruise Control with Distance Control Assist, Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Backup Collision Intervention and Lane Departure Prevention. There’s also Around View Monitor, which uses cameras to film the car’s surroundings, so parking the car will become easier.
Previous Infiniti models had some issues regarding the steering wheel. Infiniti responded by fixing it and designing a top notch steering system, which is called Direct Adaptive Steering. The driver can select a driving mode through Drive Mode Selector, choosing from: Customize, Standard, Snow, Eco, Sport and Sport+. By selecting a mode the steering wheel automatically adapts to the best sensitivity for that mode. When choosing Customize the driver can customize the sensitivity even more, by selecting one of three Modes and after that one of three preferred level of Response.
Price and sale date
The 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe goes on sale in selected markets later in 2016. Prices are not yet revealed, but it’s usual for a coupe to be a bit higher priced than the sedan counterpart. In this case, the Q50 starts at $38,055. Check out the updated section down below for price specs!
October 9, 2016
Prices for the 2017 Infiniti Q60 are out. Starting price of the lowest trim is $38,950. The 2.0t Premium trim starts at $40,950 and the 3.0t Premium starts at $44,300. Then there’s the 400 Red Sport edition, starting at $51,300.
European prices start at €44,500 for the lowest trim. Then, the prices per trim are: €46,500, €51,000 and €53,000. The car is available in showrooms all across Europe and the US.