2016 Infiniti Q60 Teased Ahead Of Detroit Show

December 12, 2014

Automakers are prepping the new cars they'll introduce at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next month, and Infiniti is teasing its plans for a new Q60 Coupe.

The Q60 Coupe is the descendant of the former G37 coupe, which changed names along with the rest of the Infiniti lineup for the 2015 model year.

Infiniti is teasing the look of the next Q60 with this concept. Like the Q50 sedan, the Q60's proportions aren't changed radically from its predecessors, but there seem to be some striking details on the way. The concept teaser reveals more crisp curves stamped into the fenders, and the unusual boomerang styling cue from other Infinitis at the rear roof pillar. New fender vents appear in the teaser, as do sideview cameras in place of mirrors--likely just a concept-car touch not intended for production.

According to Motor Authority, the Q60 concept follows up on recent Infiniti concepts like the Q30 and Q80 Inspiration. One difference: Infiniti design chief Alfonso Albaisa has said the Q60 concept closely resembles the production car due late next year, likely as a 2016 model in the U.S.

The Q60 is expected to ride on a shortened version of the Q50's architecture, with a convertible version in the works. The powertrain at launch will likely be Infiniti's current V-6, coupled to a rev-matching manual or an automatic. The current rear-wheel-drive car offers optional all-wheel drive, and that's expected to stay the same. However, given Infiniti's launch issues with its new drive-by-wire steering system, that setup might not make it on the coupe edition.

The Q60 is a rival for vehicles like the BMW 4-Series, Cadillac ATS Coupe, Lexus RC, and the Mercedes C-Class Coupe, itself being reworked along new lines, in time for next year's Frankfurt Auto Show.

The Q60 was last redesigned in 2008, when it was upgraded from G35 to G37 Coupe and Convertible status.

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show begins January 12. For all the latest coverage, follow Motor Authority at its dedicated hub.

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