Revealed as a concept at the Detroit auto show earlier this year, the Q60 joined the earlier Q50 Eau Rouge as an exciting look at the Infiniti brand’s potential to pique the interest of fans and detractors alike.
But, while the ‘GT-R in a sedan’ Q50 Eau Rouge project is now believed to have been buried, the Q60 was locked in for production long before it first appeared in Detroit - and it’s likely that we’ll see a follow-up debut at next year’s show.
As these revealing photos show, the production Q60 has retained the bulk of its concept progenitor’s styling and proportions, including the flowing roofline, deeply sculpted profile and wide, muscular stance.
Infiniti’s trademark ‘double arch’ grille design has been made smaller for this final iteration, and the bumper design of this variant has been given a more conventional look.
The fin-like blade behind the front wheel arches has been replaced with a simple gill vent, although we could see the blade return on a later high-performance flagship variant.
The rear-end of the 2016 Q60 follows a similar theme of subtle change, with shorter versions of the concept’s scalpel-like tail-lamps sitting above a lightly revised bumper design with conventional round exhaust tips in place of the show car’s long silver finishers.
The cabin of the final Q60 is still to be spied, but we can likely expect a dash design that merges elements of the concept’s interior with Infiniti’s more recent models, the Q50 sedan and Q30/QX30 twins.
Final dimensions are likewise unclear, but in concept form, the Q60 measured 4690mm long, 1865mm wide and 1370mm tall, making it a touch longer and lower than the BMW 4 Series.
Above: the Q60 concept.
In its current nine year-old form, the Q60 is driven by a 235kW/360Nm 3.7-litre V6, but it is expected that the hero model in the new range will pick up a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6.
Above: the current Q60.
Watch for the new Q60 to make its world premiere in the coming months, likely at January’s Detroit auto show.
Expect the Q60 to debut in Australia late next year, for the 2017 model year.