All-new Infiniti Q60 launched at 2016 Detroit auto show

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D3---Infiniti-Q60-420160126Coupe available with 400-hp, twin-turbo V6 and all-wheel drive

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Infiniti debuted this month the all-new Q60 coupe at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

The company said in a statement that the 2+2 will come in two guises: the rear-wheel drive, turbocharged inline-4 and the all-wheel drive, twin-turbocharged V6. The former is a 2.0-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve, direct-injection unit producing 208 horsepower and 350 Newton-meters of torque, while the latter is an all-new 3.0-liter, twin-cam, 24-valve, direct-injection unit producing 400 hp and 475 Nm of torque.

Both versions will only come with a seven-speed automatic gearbox with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC), which Infiniti said uses a lateral acceleration sensor to detect topographical changes in the road, such as hills or corners, and enhances gear-selection patterns according to the changing conditions. ASC also allows the transmission to observe driving behavior and adapts shifts to driver feedback. Meanwhile, the V6’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system splits torque evenly between the front and rear wheels by default, but if the system detects that extra traction isn’t needed, it sends all the torque to the rear wheels.

The new Q60 is available with Direct Active Steering, which Infiniti said works in conjunction with the Drive Mode Selector for faster steering input, depending on the driving mode. Also, the Dynamic Digital Suspension (standard on the V6) allows the driver to adjust the firmness of the shock absorbers for either comfort or performance.

Aggressive styling
Whichever engine you go for, it shall reside under a sculpted hood and behind a huge front grill, which is flanked by slim LED headlights. V6 models feature an Active Grille Shutter that remains closed under normal use for improved aerodynamics, only opening when greater performance (and consequently, more engine cooling) is required. Below the grill is the ground-effect, double-layered front spoiler that replaces the dual-intake spoiler in the concept car.

Design elements that do come from the concept car include the crescent-shaped C-pillar, the high beltline running across the top of the door (right through the door handle), the convex midsection of the doors and the side skirts. Infiniti said the Q60 will have 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels as standard, with 20-inch wheels available as options in certain markets.

Further back is a wide rear end, accentuated by the flared rear fenders that move to the integrated rear spoiler, with slim LED taillights underneath. The lower rear bumper features diffuser-style lower cladding that holds the dual exhaust tips. Infiniti said this very stylish coupe manages to have a drag coefficient of 0.28.

Wraparound interior
Step into the Q60 through those large and curvaceous doors and slip into Infiniti’s “spinal support” seats, which the company said match the curvature of the spine to provide a consistent level of support and minimize pressure on lower and upper back muscles, and you are first faced with a fully digital gauge cluster and sports steering wheel with paddle shifters.

To the right is a tall center console topped with the GPS navigation screen (with air-conditoning vents left and right of it). Underneath this is the touchscreen InTuition central control system, which allows occupants to personalize the interior of the Q60 according to their preferences, with fully adjustable temperature, seating positions, audio-visual settings, navigation and more. Further down are a traditional gear lever and the aforementioned drive mode selector.

Looking over at the passenger side shows how the dashboard wraps around the occupants. The Q60 comes standard with an all-new 13-speaker, Bose Performance Series sound system, which the company said works with the quieting effects of the acoustic glass and the Active Noise Cancellation system to achieve better sound.

Only fitting for a performance car, the Q60 features active- and passive-safety technologies that include: Around View Monitor; Intelligent Cruise Control with Distance Control Assist; Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Braking system; Lane Departure Prevention; Blind Spot Intervention; and Backup Collision Intervention.

Infiniti said the new Q60 will go on sale in selected markets in the second half of 2016, competing against German sport coupes like the BMW 4-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A5, along with its Japanese luxury-brand rival, the Lexus RC.

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