Infiniti has announced it will introduce three all-new models in the next 18 months.
The Japanese luxury brand, an offshoot of Nissan, has previously stated it would unveil the Q30 compact car sometime in 2016, followed by an off-road-inspired crossover spin-off model, the QX30, in 2017.
However, it appears those plans have been brought forward somewhat, with Infiniti executive design director Alfonso Albaisa telling CarAdvice at the 2015 New York auto show that the Q30 will be unveiled this year, with the QX30 arriving about 12 months later. Between those two vehicles will be the all-new Q60 Coupe (concept pictured below), which was confirmed for production earlier this year.
“The Q30 – we showed the Q30 first, about a year ago. So it comes first,” Albaisa said of the production version of the brand’s new, first-ever small car, which shares its underpinnings with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
“And then Q60, and then QX30 in about a year and a half or so,” he said.
“I think people will be very surprised how close the Q60 production model is to the one we showed,” he said. “I’m not talking about the engines – they’re good, that’s what I know.”
With a focus on design-driven customers, Albaisa hinted that the Q60 Concept’s striking stance and bold lines will mostly be carried over to the production version.
“When you do a third generation already, you’re then starting to – you understand what is the core, but OK, what are we going to do. We’re going to make a huge statement,” he said.
“And especially with research and development, the timing was great – all the stamping and all of these very sharp, deep, seductive things was something that our engineers were setting as their own target of excellence.
“You’re going to see the production one in less than 12 months. You’re going to be able to see it, but you won’t be able to buy it,” he said.
There’s no word yet on whether the Q60 will be sold in right-hand drive, but it is almost certain that will be the case. Should it be suitable for Australian consumption, it will likely hit showrooms late in 2016.
Which are you most excited to see – Q30, QX30 or Q60?