In the past, coupes based from entry-level sedans used to be identical to their 4-door sisters. However, nowadays, automakers are doing a lot to differentiate them. Not only do they stand apart visually but also their names are different. Infiniti has done the same thing also.
The automaker is set to release a new coupe next year dubbed the 2017 Infiniti Q60 which is based on the Q50 sedan. The vehicle is gorgeous and will really give the likes of Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Lexus a run for their money.
2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Exterior
The new vehicle keeps most of the concepts we saw earlier in the year at the Detroit Auto Show. Dimension-wise, the 2-door coupe stretches 184.6 inches long, 23.4 inches wide and has a height of 53.9 inches and rides on a wheelbase of 112.2 inches. According to the testing mule, Infiniti has retained the concept’s beautiful and sleek profile.
At the front, the grille steals the show with its unique chrome surround. To complement the look are a pair of thin headlights which are sweptback away from the nose. The lower part of the trapezoidal grille is more aggressive and is also flanked with LED fog lights with chrome-accented housings. At the rear, the vehicle features the trademark subtle trunk lid ducktail.
Other features that have made it to production include its flowing LED taillights, front air intakes which are similar to one on Formula One and stylish wheels that have a seductive flair. Unlike the concept which featured amorphous chrome exhaust tips, the production model features round outlets.
2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Interior
Sliding inside, you will be met by a luxurious interior that is Nissan’s response to its competitors. The vehicle offers special leather upholstery on seats, dashboard, and shifter and on the steering wheel as well as other parts of the vehicle.
Front seats will be heated while buyers will have an option for heated rear seats. For entertainment the coupe comes with a 6-speaker audio system but there is an option for premium Bose 13-speaker or even 15-speaker surround audio system. A 7-inch color touch-screen is mounted at the top of the instrument panel and buyers can opt for an 8-inch screen which comes with an option for 3D navigation.
The 2-door coupe will also feature updated connectivity technology and an enhanced safety package.
Engine Specs and Performance
Nissan will offer the Q60 with a drive-train that matches its competitors. The Q60 will be offered in two drive-trains.
The first engine will be mainly offered to Asian and European markets. This engine is a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine which also runs in the Q50. The engine produces 211 hp and 370 Nm of torque.
The second engine is a turbocharged 3.0 L V-6 engine rated at 330 hp and 366 Nm of torque. This is the engine that will be offered in the US market. The automaker estimates the engine to return 18 mpg, 26 mpg and 22 mpg fuel economy in city, highway and combined drives respectively. There are also reports that the engine will be tweaked to provide an optional 400 hp and 475 Nm of torque. The hybrid drive-train available on the Q50 sedan will not be offered on the coupe.
The engines will be paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission system with manual shifting modes. The coupe will be offered only on RWD mode but the convertible will have an option for AWD. This engine powers the car from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and achieves a top speed of 140 mph.
Price and release date
The Infiniti Q60 Coupe 2017 will make an appearance in an international auto show in early 2016 probably in the New York or Detroit show before going on sale later in 2016.
As for the price, it is customary for the coupe to attract a higher price tag than its sedan sibling. As such we expect the Q60 to cost a few thousands over the sedan’s $ 38,055 starting price.
The coupe is expected to start MSRP at around $ 40,000 and go as high as $ 50,000 for higher trims and extra options.