INFINITI revealed the all-new QX50 – a premium mid-size SUV with world-first technologies, stand-out design and unrivalled interior space, all on an entirely new platform – ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.
“The QX50 is the most important vehicle we have ever launched, and it embodies everything the brand stands for: Beautiful design, advanced technology and empowering performance. As a premium, mid-size SUV, it’s the right vehicle at the right time in one of the world’s fastest growing segments.”
Christian Meunier, INFINITI Global Division Vice President
Remaining true to the design of the QX50 Concept and QX Sport Inspiration, the QX50’s aerodynamic exterior reinterprets INFINITI’s distinctive Powerful Elegance design language and signature design cues for the SUV segment. It combines a confident stance with intelligent packaging, while deep character lines highlight the influence of human artistry in the design process.
The QX50 is built an all-new platform, featuring a front-engine, front-wheel drive-based layout. Engineered with flexibility of application in mind, the new platform sets new standards for refinement, rigidity and interior space in the compact premium SUV segment.
The unrivalled interior space, artistic application of high quality materials, and advanced craftsmanship make the cabin as welcoming and comfortable as it is flexible. Driver-centric, yet passenger-minded, the QX50 offers a package of technologies to enhance the driving experience. Its asymmetric layout and calm, connected ambience is designed to meet different needs of the driver and passengers.
The VC-Turbo engine is the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine, transforming on demand. A breakthrough in combustion engine design, the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine adjusts its compression ratio to optimize power and efficiency. It combines the power of a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine with the torque and efficiency of a four-cylinder diesel engine. A compelling alternative to diesel, it challenges the notion that only hybrid and diesel powertrains can deliver high torque and efficiency.
ProPILOT Assist technologies react discreetly and autonomously to certain driving situations, supporting the driver with a range of empowering ‘co-pilot’ features, placing them in total control.
INFINITI Motor Company has revealed the new QX80 full-size luxury SUV for the first time, at this year’s 2017 Dubai International Motor Show.
Further advancing INFINITI’s market-leading presence in the full-size luxury SUV segment, the QX80 takes INFINITI’s ‘Powerful Elegance’ design language in a bold new direction, creating a powerful, contemporary and commanding aesthetic.
“The new INFINITI QX80 has been designed and engineered to allow customers to travel everywhere in luxury. It strengthens the brand’s position in the global full-size SUV segment, which currently accounts for more than half of all full-size luxury car sales around the world. The new model will further enhance our profile in an area of the market that prizes modern exterior design, high-tech cabins engineered for relaxation, and effortless, empowering performance. The fact that we held the global reveal in Dubai reinforces the strategic importance of the Middle East for INFINITI.” Said Christian Meunier, INFINITI Global Division Vice President.
The QX80 has a refined and spacious cabin that features high-quality materials, a hand-crafted finish and advanced drive-assist technologies. With a taut yet comfort-oriented suspension, and ample performance from its 5.6-litere V8 engine, the new QX80 gives drivers an assured feeling of control and confidence at the wheel.
In 2016, the outgoing model accounted for 8.96 per cent of INFINITI’s global sales, with more than 20,708 units sold around the world. Production of the new QX80 has started.
The INFINITI Q50 sports sedan is getting a stylish makeover just in time for the busy Christmas sales period. As sales for INFINITI Q50 approach 1,000, all three grades, including the GT, Sport Premium and range-topping Red Sport, have enjoyed a variety of stylish interior and exterior enhancements.
With individuality the key to attracting new buyers to the brand and the Q50 nameplate, all grades have been personalised with new front and rear facia updates. Each is unique in its design, with the Sports Premium being sportier in look compared to the GT, while the Red Sport includes grey spear inserts at the front and black highlights at the back.
All three receive an updated steering wheel and gear lever, while each grade has a set of new wheels. The GT has newly designed 18 inch alloy wheels and the Sport Premium new 19 inch wheels as standard, while aggressive dark chrome features on the new Red Sport alloys.
The Sport Premium also now comes with interior ambient lighting. But it is the Red Sport that has benefited the most. Its contemporary interior now includes red stitching throughout the cabin, semi-aniline quilted leather-appointed seats and improved seat foam density for a more supportive, comfortable ride.
Outside, the wheels stand out even more with the introduction of red brake calipers, there are new LED rear lights and the Q50 has a new paint option – Dynamic Sandstone Red.
“INFINITI is a very fresh, young brand, so we are excited when updates come through,” said INFINITI Cars Australia managing director Changhwan Lee. “We have seen growth across much of the INFINITI range this year, and the update to Q50 will give it a sales push. INFINITI is a high quality, premium Brand, we are quite sure we can gain positive sales momentum with Q50. We hope this update will attract more buyers.”
The INFINITI Q50 comes with four engine choices, including a 2.0 litre petrol with 155kW of power and 350Nm of torque, two 3.0 litre twin–turbo V6 petrol alternatives, one with 224kW of power and 400Nm of torque, plus a more powerful 298kW/475NM option. There is also a 3.5 litre hybrid.
The Q50 has INFINITI’s next-generation Direct Adaptive Steering and Dynamic Digital Suspension, and a 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and Drive Sport (DS) mode. A precursor to future steering systems that form the building blocks to achieving fully autonomous driving, the Direct Adaptive Steering can be personalised to best suit the drivers preferences and has advanced levels of steering feel and feedback.
The Dynamic Digital Suspension provides the optimal blend of ride comfort, response and agility thanks to the electronically adjustable shock absorbers that allow the driver to shift between different settings via the Drive Mode Selector. When it comes to safety, the INFINITI Q50 is well appointed with Around View® Monitor, Moving Object Detection, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Active Lane Control and the front and rear sonar system standard across the range.
Sports Premium and Red Sport grades also get Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking and Back-up Collision Intervention. Available in 10 contemporary exterior colours and three interior trims, INFINITI pricing starts at $54,900* plus on road costs.
|INFINITI Q50 Pricing (MSRP*)|
|INFINITI Q50 2.0t GT||$54,900|
|INFINITI Q50 2.0t GT (with sunroof)||$56,890|
|INFINITI Q50 2.0t Sport Premium||$62,400|
|INFINITI Q50 3.5t Hybrid Sport Premium||RWD||$73,400|
|INFINITI Q50 3.5t Hybrid Sport Premium||AWD||$75,400|
|INFINITI Q50 3.0t Sport Premium||$70,400|
|INFINITI Q50 3.0t Red Sport||$79,900|
*Manufacturer suggested retail prices (MSRP) are provided for media purposes only and do not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
The INFINITI Q60 is a premium sports coupe that combines expressive design with exhilarating performance and dynamics. The taut, muscular lines of the exterior underline the Q60’s considerable performance potential – reinforced by an advanced all-new 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine.
Lower and wider than previous INFINITI coupes, the Q60’s bold exterior expresses ‘Powerful Elegance’ – an INFINITI design language which gives the sports coupe a sinewy athleticism, confidently projecting a sense of motion and power. Dynamic developments include the lightweight and sophisticated new V6 engine, the latest version of Direct Adaptive Steering, and a digital suspension system.
The high performance 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine from the new and exclusive 'VR' powertrain family is born out of the brand's extensive in-house experience in six-cylinder powertrain development. The new engine, which produces a maximum power output of 298kW, has been designed to offer increased power and torque while maintaining high levels of efficiency. A four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine, turbocharged to produce 155kW, is also available (released in Australia in November 2016).
The Q60 Red Sport’s impressive power output is channeled through the rear wheels for immediate dynamic responses, delivering a truly dynamic drive. The Q60 delivers an engaging sports coupe experience, with a balance of compliant ride and agile handling. Playing a key role in achieving this balance is INFINITI's new Dynamic Digital Suspension (DDS), engineered to offer direct handling responses and high agility, and enhanced ride comfort – aided by new electronic and adaptive dampers.
INFINITI's second-generation Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) offers high levels of feedback and more direct steering responses in the Q60. The 'steer-by-wire' system does away with mechanically linked parts, instead employing digital components to improve steering feel and feedback. The connection between the driver and DAS is instantaneous, thanks to the electronic connection between components.
A newly-enhanced Drive Mode Selector gives drivers the option to personalise and tailor the Dynamic Digital suspension (DDS) and Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) performance according to their needs and preferred driving style.
“INFINITI has always been at the forefront of daring design and pioneering technology – and the Q60 again offers both. We believe the Q60‘s qualities and core strengths – the way it looks and drives – will appeal to buyers in the premium sports coupe segment.”
INFINITI has enhanced the Q50 premium sports sedan, which makes its global debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. The new Q50 features refreshed exterior and interior design, and innovative technologies designed to empower and support the driver.
"INFINITI seeks to empower our customers on their journey through their experience with us – whether it is our products, our technologies, our services, or simply a passion for driving. There is no better vehicle that incorporates all the elements of the INFINITI brand than the Q50 sedan." Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI
The enhanced sports sedan retains its sleek proportions and athletic stance, while establishing greater visual differentiation between model versions, including the performance-inspired Red Sport 400. Through the Red Sport 400 grade, INFINITI's designers have brought the model in line with its "designed to perform" ethos.
Changes to the interior blend artistry with innovation, with stitching and the use of authentic materials further elevating the level of craftsmanship inside the Q50. The INFINITI InTouch Services bring the future of in-car connectivity to the interior, while the inclusion of the brand's 'spinal support' seats ensures a comfortable space in which to spend time.
Innovative technologies empower and support the driver, while giving a glimpse into the automotive future. The Q50 is the first INFINITI vehicle to package all of the company's driver support technologies under the ProPILOT Assist banner. ProPILOT is the platform upon which all future INFINITI autonomous drive support technologies will be based.
The Q50 delivers an empowering and rewarding drive thanks to innovative powertrains, including the award-winning 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine from the new and exclusive 'VR' powertrain family, which was recently named on the prestigious 2017 Ward's '10 Best Engines' list.
The Q50 is INFINITI's best-selling model. Since the first generation went on sale in 2013, INFINITI has sold close to 210,000 units worldwide. In 2016 INFINITI achieved more than 230,000 global sales – a 7 per cent year-on-year increase and a new global sales record – with the Q50 sports sedan accounting for one third of the brand's total.
The new model goes on sale globally from the second quarter of the 2017 calendar year.
More information on the new Q50, including images and video, is available at INFINITIpresspacks.com.
New model grades pave the way for new design elements
- New model grades offer INFINITI customers a choice of two exterior designs
- Design of the Red Sport 400 model symbolizes the performance potential of its 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine
"With the new Q50 we are introducing new model grades, each offering their own look and character. Red Sport 400 in particular lets drivers express themselves with a more assertive design that clearly conveys the car's performance potential." Francois Bancon, Vice President, Global Product Strategy, INFINITI Coinciding with the refreshed look of the new Q50 is the introduction of a new grade structure, which sees differentiation in the look of the range-topping sports grades. This has allowed INFINITI designers the opportunity to tailor different designs according to the attributes and character of the models within the range.
The 'Sport' grade adds performance-focused exterior design, while further enhancements and the most powerful engine appear exclusively in the 'Red Sport 400' grade.
All versions benefit from an update to INFINITI's signature double-arch grille, which creates a strong first impression. The grille's three-dimensional, textural quality has been enhanced with a deeper detailing of the waved mesh-pattern surface and chrome surround. Rising from the double arch grille is a smooth and commanding character line, which flows energetically through the side of the body like a wave, creating a highly fluid profile – a trademark INFINITI look.
Designers have also evolved INFINITI's signature lighting at the front and rear of the car across all grades. The LED headlamps enhance INFINITI's trademark 'human-eye' aspect, while new slimmer combination LED rear lamps, derived from the Q60 sports coupe, result in a more delicate appearance with a sharper light signature.
Further design changes at the front of the Q50 for Sport and Red Sport 400 model grades include a more angular front bumper and wider, lower air intakes – adding greater visual potency.
Inspired by INFINITI's "zero lift" approach to aerodynamic efficiency, the new Q50 boasts a more prominent aerofoil at the base of the front bumper. Design details specific to the Red Sport 400 model grade assert the new Q50's performance credentials and add an aggressive, confident aura. With its 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine capable of generating 400 hp, INFINITI's designers have sought to symbolize the performance potential of the Red Sport 400 in its appearance, bringing the car in line with the brand's 'designed to perform' ethos.
The rear of the Red Sport 400 places more focus on the twin exhausts and rear diffuser with a two-tone paint finish – the body color is accompanied by dark metallic trim around the base of the rear bumper. Door mirrors are finished in the same high-gloss black paint, adding to the car's confident look. Red Sport 400 models come equipped with 19-inch wheels – to contribute to a more aggressive stance, while also improving handling and traction under cornering and hard acceleration. The aluminum alloy wheels fitted to Red Sport 400 models also convey a more technical aspect in their design, with sharper, thinner spokes than those of the Sport model grade.
Finely crafted, high-technology cabin
- Curation of new materials creates enhanced level of artistry and quality in the cabin
- Driver-centric Red Sport 400 interior designed with performance in mind
- Technology at its heart, with INFINITI InTouch Services and advanced I-key system
"The cabin of the Q50 has been created with human artistry in mind, enabling occupants to travel in style and comfort. The refreshed Q50 takes this artistry to a new level, with hand-worked materials giving a greater sense of craftsmanship than ever before." Alfonso Albaisa, Executive Design Director, INFINITI
Inside the new Q50, INFINITI has introduced an enhanced level of artistry and quality to the hightech cabin, providing a comfortable and connected space. Furthermore, the creation of the new grade structure has enabled INFINITI designers to differentiate each model with its own unique interior character.
Greater levels of craftsmanship are central to the interior design modifications. In particular, leather-like materials now surround the instrument panel and are now finished with double stitching, while INFINITI designers have curated and crafted new wood trims for the dashboard. These trims have been treated in such a way as to retain the fundamental character and feeling of the wood and its grain – the result is more authentic in appearance than more traditional 'high gloss' wooden veneers.
INFINITI designers have also incorporated the performance-inspired ethos of the new Q50 inside the cabin, derived from the Q60 sports coupe. A new steering wheel features molded positions for the driver's thumbs, and affords intuitive fingertip access to reshaped steering wheel-mounted gear-shifter paddles. A new performance-oriented leather shift knob – like the instrument panel, also bearing double-stitched seams – is surrounded by new chrome trim and features an inlaid INFINITI logo.
The new Q50 interior features INFINITI's hallmark 'spinal support' seats – carefully engineered to provide a consistent level of support and minimize pressure on lower and upper back muscles. The Red Sport 400 model grade is further differentiated with red stitching throughout the cabin and quilted side inserts on the seats, as well as sporty yet simple dashboard dials with matte chrome finish. The adoption of more technical materials accentuate the car's performance potential, such as aluminum with patterned surface trim on the dashboard, matte dark chrome on the doors and a black headlining for a more focused and cocooned interior.
At the heart of the center console is INFINITI's InTouch Services, bringing the future of in-car connectivity to the interior of the Q50. Unlike conventional interfaces, the Q50 has two touchcapacitive color screens (LCD/VGA 8-inch upper and 7-inch lower). The system is designed to effortlessly synchronize car and driver – content and functions directed to the upper screen include the most frequently viewed applications, such as navigation, while other content is directed to the lower display screen for easy access.
InTouch allows occupants to personalize the interior environment of the Q50 according to their preferences, and can store profiles for multiple drivers, identified by their I-key (intelligent key). This includes an easy entry and exit assist system. Based on the profile detected on the I-key, the Q50 moves the driver's seat to the most rearward position and the steering wheel up and out of the way for comfortable ingress or egress, before automatically returning both to the custom memory setting.
The Q50 features a 16-speaker, Bose® Performance Series sound system, with new architecture and high-performance components. Featuring advanced staging technology, the signal processing algorithm designed especially for this system delivers a precise, rich and nuanced acoustic experience for driver and passengers. Bose's CenterPoint 2.0 software, the Q50's audio system enables listeners to enjoy a surround-sound experience from any stereo source. It has been specifically engineered to meet the unique demands of reproducing surround sound in the sedan.
New Q50 packages driver support technologies under ProPILOT Assist banner
- New Q50 now offers ProPILOT Assist driver support technologies package, empowering drivers rather than replacing them
- ProPILOT Assist technologies underpinned by Direct Adaptive Steering system, a building block for future autonomous drive development
"INFINITI has introduced a number of world-first innovations through the Q50 in recent years. As INFINITI's best-selling model, the Q50 has always embodied our commitment to make driverempowering technologies accessible to a large number of customers. The new model will let customers benefit from the latest advances in active safety with our ProPILOT Assist driver support technologies." Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI
The INFINITI Q50 sports sedan delivers an empowering and rewarding drive thanks to a range of innovative powertrains and next-generation technologies to enhance ride and handling.
New for 2017, the Q50 becomes the first INFINITI vehicle to package all of the company's driver support technologies under the ProPILOT Assist banner. ProPILOT is the platform upon which all future INFINITI autonomous drive technologies will be based. Allowing drivers to retain ultimate control over their vehicle, ProPILOT Assist driver support technologies empower drivers, giving confidence to them rather than replacing them.
ProPILOT Assist supports more onerous driving tasks, like easy navigation in highway conditions or keeping track of the position of surrounding vehicles.
ProPILOT Assist in the new INFINITI Q50 includes Direct Adaptive Steering; Active Lane Control; Intelligent Cruise Control; Distance Control Assist; Backup Collision Intervention; Blind Spot Warning and Intervention; Lane Departure Warning and Prevention; Forward Emergency Braking; and Predictive Forward Collision Warning. INFINITI's second-generation Direct Adaptive Steering is a steer-by-wire system that supports the driver by providing smooth operation, more direct steering responses and easy maneuverability. Direct Adaptive Steering is a precursor to future steering systems that will form a key building block on the way to achieving fully-autonomous driving.
The system does away with mechanically linked parts, instead employing digital components to improve steering reactions and feedback. The electronic connection between components means reactions to driver input are instantaneous.
The new Direct Adaptive Steering system provides customization options accessed through the Drive Mode Selector. Using controls on the center console, the Drive Mode Selector allows the steering response to be selected from six available options: 'Personal', 'Standard', 'Snow', 'Eco', 'Sport', and 'Sport+'. Standard mode is more akin to that of a conventional steering system.
The Q50 is the first INFINITI model to benefit from two generations of Direct Adaptive Steering, both in 2013, when the world's first digital steering system was introduced, and in 2016, when an upgraded version was made available. The upgraded Direct Adaptive Steering system followed consultation with Q50 customers around the world, and after more than 625,000 miles of onroad testing.
ProPILOT Assist's Active Lane Control system works with Direct Adaptive Steering to maximize safety on highways, activating automatically above 70 km/h (43.5 mph). It uses a camera system to detect the Q50's position on the road and is able to prevent the Q50 from straying from its lane. It assumes momentary control of the Direct Adaptive Steering system to help the driver avoid a potential collision.
Wide range of innovative powertrains and adaptive digital suspension
- Award-winning 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine produces 300 hp, or 400 hp for new Red Sport 400 model grade
- Drivers can specify fully-customizable Dynamic Digital Suspension, with choice of rearwheel or Intelligent All-Wheel drive
In addition to ProPILOT Assist driver support technologies and Direct Adaptive Steering, innovative engine, chassis and drivetrain technologies enable the Q50 sports sedan to deliver an empowering and rewarding drive.
The Q50 can be equipped with the award-winning 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine from the new 'VR' powertrain family. The new engine offers increased power and torque while maintaining high levels of efficiency, and has been named one of Ward's '10 Best Engines' for 2017 – one of the highest global accolades in engine technology development.
For the Red Sport 400 model grade, the high-output version of the power unit delivers 400 hp (298 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 475 Nm (350 lb-ft) maximum torque at 1,600-5,200 rpm. The 300 hp (224 kW) version delivers peak power at 6,400 rpm, producing 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) torque across a wide 1,600-5,200 rpm range
Additional Q50 powertrain options include two four-cylinder engines – a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit, and a 2.2-litre direct-injection turbodiesel. The 2.0-litre petrol engines produces 208 hp at 5,500 rpm, with 350 Nm peak torque from 1,250 rpm. The 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine produces 168 hp at 3,200 rpm, with peak torque of 400 Nm from 1,600 rpm.
The final powertrain option, powering the Hybrid Blue Sport model grade, is INFINITI's Direct Response Hybrid® system, featuring a 3.5-litre 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 and a compact laminated lithium-ion battery. The system's V6 is rated at 302 hp and 350 Nm of torque, while the advanced 50 kW electric motor is rated at 67 hp and 290 Nm of torque. The hybrid system's combined power output of 360 hp provides strong acceleration and lean fuel economy.
As standard, Q50 models equipped with the 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine feature INFINITI's Rack Electronic Power Steering, for a linear and in-control driving experience that can also be tuned through the Drive Mode Selector. 2.0-litre Q50 models are equipped with a vehicle speedsensitive hydraulic electronic rack-and-pinion power steering system as standard.
In 2016, the Q50 was the first INFINITI model to feature Dynamic Digital Suspension, combining enhanced ride comfort with direct handling responses and agility. Dynamic Digital Suspension is aided by new electronic and adaptive dampers, and – as with Direct Adaptive Steering – drivers can customize the settings through the Drive Mode Select. As standard, the Q50 features independent multi-link suspension, now providing an improved balance between confident handling and a comfortable ride. The new Q50 benefits from revised front and rear stabilizer bars, improving the ability of the chassis to resist lateral suspension movement, resulting in a flatter ride and greater agility during cornering.
The Q50 can be configured with one of two drivetrain options – rear-wheel drive or Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.
The Q50 is produced at INFINITI's manufacturing facility in Tochigi, Japan, and will go on sale across global markets from second quarter of the 2017 calendar year. It will be in Australia later in 2017.
Making its global premiere at the 2017 North American International AutoShow in Detroit, the QX50 Concept showcases INFINITI's vision for a next-generation midsize premium crossover.DETROIT – Making its global premiere at the 2017 North American International AutoShow in Detroit, the QX50 Concept showcases INFINITI's vision for a next-generation midsize premium crossover.
Demonstrating how the design of the 2016 QX Sport Inspiration, its conceptual forebear, could be adapted for a future production model, the QX50 Concept confidently articulates INFINITI's 'Powerful Elegance' design language. A 'cabin-forward' silhouette combines with muscular lines and flowing surfaces to telegraph its purpose as a dynamic and practical crossover.
The organic forms of the 'driver-centric, passenger-minded' cabin were designed in harmony with the exterior shape. Blending progressive design with modern craftsmanship, the QX50 Concept's interior reflects INFINITI's desire to challenge conventional approaches to premium interior design.
INFINITI's latest concept is the next step toward the company's future autonomous drive support technologies. Central to the strategy for the development of all future INFINITI autonomous drive support systems, they ensure the driver retains ultimate control over their vehicle – in keeping with INFINITI's focus on driver engagement.
Furthermore, the QX50 Concept illustrates a potential application for INFINITI's advanced Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo) engine, offering drivers a powertrain that adapts to offer both power and efficiency.
An evolution of INFINITI's 2016 QX Sport Inspiration mid-size crossover
- The QX50 Concept shows how INFINITI could develop its future presence in the world's fastest-growing vehicle segment
- INFINITI seeks to explore a more emotional execution of crossover design than existing models in the class
"With the unveiling of the QX Sport Inspiration at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, we showed the future of INFINITI QX models. The new QX50 Concept evolves this concept further and shows how INFINITI could develop its future presence in what is the fastest-growing vehicle segment globally." Said Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI.
With the QX50 Concept, INFINITI seeks to explore a more emotional execution of crossover design, bringing a degree of elegance and artistry to a segment typified by an uninspiring, clinical aesthetic. Marrying human artistry with utility, the QX50 Concept fulfills the expectation of practicality with a spacious cabin and cargo area.
Furthermore, with a design adapted for the greatest possible packaging efficiency, the QX50 Concept previews how INFINITI could adapt future vehicle designs to accommodate a compact powertrain, such as the company's VC-Turbo engine.
The QX50 Concept marks the next stage in INFINITI's continued renewal of its product range. INFINITI designs concepts with production intent, such as true-to-concept production versions of the Q30, QX30 and Q60 concepts. The creation of each of these has previewed the design and layout of the brand's next-generation models. The QX50 Concept previews the evolving signature INFINITI design elements, demonstrating how they could be adapted for a mid-sized premium crossover.
With its ground breaking proportions, the 2003 INFINITI FX45 set the template for future crossovers to follow throughout the last decade. The world's first mid-size multi-purpose sports vehicle, the INFINITI FX is still considered a crossover design icon today. Last year's QX Sport Inspiration sought to rekindle that excitement – and in an increasingly crowded and popular market segment, the new QX50 Concept now illustrates how these design themes could be translated into a production reality.
Exterior: an artistic execution of functional crossover design
- QX50 Concept represents the latest interpretation of INFINITI's 'Powerful Elegance' design language
- Its design combines taut and muscular lines with heavily profiled surfaces
- QX50 Concept demonstrates how the design of the 2016 QX Sport Inspiration could be adapted for future production models
Influenced by the design of the INFINITI QX Sport Inspiration, the QX50 Concept expresses its crossover purpose through proportional clarity, clearly telegraphing its power and dynamic capabilities. The QX50 Concept eschews many of the familiar, 'me too' design forms and themes shared by established models in the mid-size premium crossover segment. The result is a highly original yet practical new crossover form, demonstrating how the design of INFINITI's earlier concept could be adapted for future production models.
The QX50 Concept is the latest embodiment of INFINITI's 'Powerful Elegance' design language and is both aesthetic and functional. The exterior of the concept combines taut and muscular lines with flowing, heavily profiled surfaces. A sharp, straight character line runs from the clamshell hood and along the length of its shoulders, giving the QX50 Concept a commanding presence and extending the vehicle's visual length. A wide, muscular stance accentuates its versatile capability.
INFINITI's signature design elements are evident on the QX50 Concept, each subtly evolved for their new application. At the front, INFINITI's double-arch grille conveys an immediate sense of power and purpose and provides a focal point for every line on the concept's body.
A taller, wider and more practical vehicle than the QX Sport Inspiration, the QX50 Concept's grille adds a greater sense of presence to the front of the car. At the rear of the vehicle, the leading edge of the crescent-cut D-pillar is higher than on any current INFINITI production car, further extending the visual length of the roofline.
The interplay of the exterior lines and surfaces is accentuated by a newly-created Forged Bronze paint finish, with three times the amount of metal flake compared with standard production paint finishes.
In profile, the hood is shaped like the rise of a snake's head, with a pair of sharp creases extending upwards from the base of the A-pillar, then plunging down the hood, leading into the edges of the expansive 'double-arch' grille.
These lines disguise the hood's relatively short length, suggesting how the appearance of a production car could be adapted for a more compact engine, such as INFINITI's VC-Turbo, applying power to the road through an intelligent all-wheel drive powertrain.
Functionality is a necessity in the mid-sized crossover segment and is central to the QX50 Concept's design. More practical than its QX Sport Inspiration progenitor, the QX50 Concept has a 'cabin-forward' silhouette and a slightly more vertical rear hatch, both reference points for a versatile and accommodating interior. The new shape of the crescentcut D-pillar provides clearer over-the-shoulder visibility for the driver and a better view out for rear passengers.
Interior: Challenging conventional thinking on premium cabin design
- Concept cabin demonstrates new direction of thinking with premium materials and craftsmanship
- Authentic materials and artistic design execution is at the heart of the concept's carefully curated cabin
- Driver-centric, yet passenger-minded, the cabin places similar importance on both form and function
Blending progressive design with elevated levels of modern craftsmanship, the cabin of the QX50 Concept demonstrates INFINITI's desire to challenge and reinterpret conventional thinking on premium crossover interior design and material usage.
In the place of high-gloss woods and soft-touch plastics, the interior of the QX50 Concept features a more modern application of wood, leather and stitching. Each material is treated and applied in a way to establish new trends in the design of premium crossover interiors.
Deliberately articulating a sense of advanced human artistry, the QX50 Concept's cabin espouses a handmade feel and is the result of two Japanese approaches to craftsmanship – 'mitate' (pronounced "mee-ta-teh") and 'shitate' ("shee-ta-teh").
'Mitate' relates to the practice of curating and bringing together the best possible selection of materials. 'Shitate' is the desire to tailor the chosen combination of materials, bringing out the best. With fine attention to detail and finish, such an approach creates an appearance and ambience throughout the cabin greater than the sum of its parts.
The combination of materials and the way in which they have been applied has allowed INFINITI designers to demonstrate some of the highest levels of craftsmanship ever seen in a crossover in this segment.
The QX50 Concept is wrapped in a variety of different leathers – genuine, semi-aniline, and synthetic nubuck – for a rich variety of textures and visual depth. The eyes naturally follow each different surface as it flows around the cabin. The QX50 Concept's cabin hints at a widening range of interior finishes for INFINITI customers to choose from, including a carefully selected three-tone colour scheme.
Adopting different leathers for the interior allows INFINITI to imagine how this three-tone cabin could look. Rich, brown leather lines the upper layer of the cabin, contrasted with white leather for the lower dashboard, door trim and seats. Between the two runs a line of navy blue synthetic nubuck, which also finishes the front centre console. A line of close twin stitching runs along the top of the dashboard and doors, and around the seats.
INFINITI has applied for a patent for a new 'dot quilting' method for the leather that lines the doors and seats. Inspired by classic buttoned leather sofas, dot quilting is sewn into place at individual points. The physical characteristics of the leather produce a more informal interpretation of the diamond lozenge shape that gives classic Chesterfield lounge chairs their distinctive appearance.
Where many expect premium vehicle interiors use high-gloss wood surfaces to create the perception of quality, the QX50 Concept is trimmed in real, open-pore ash. The wood is treated to retain its natural, and sometimes irregular, characteristics in texture and appearance. Running a hand over it, the grain of the ash is still present, providing an authentic, modern appearance and enhanced tactility.
The natural, flowing shapes of the cabin harmonize with those of the QX50 Concept's exterior, contrasting with the technical, linear – even austere – designs of other vehicles in the segment. A blend of positive and negative surfaces adds a level of visual depth to the cabin, with a complex interplay of light and shade. The organic lines of the cabin follow a similar form to the interior of the QX Sport Inspiration, referencing how they could be progressed from the original concept to a production car.
Both 'driver-centric' and 'passenger-minded,' the layout of the QX50 Concept's cabin is divided into distinct zones for the driver and passengers. Consistent with its conceptual predecessor, the dashboard is focused on the driver, using its form and appearance to engender a true sense of confidence at the wheel.
The horizontal forms of the dashboard wrap around the driver and passenger, with twisting, uninterrupted character lines flowing from the centre console, along the dashboard and out to the rear of the cabin. The seats feature an ergonomic hexagon motif, for a wide and welcoming appearance, and maximum back and shoulder support for occupants.
The QX50 Concept places form on the same level as function, with utility at the heart of its remit.
In moving the base of the A-pillar further forward than on the QX Sport Inspiration, and shortening the hood to accommodate a more compact engine, the QX50 Concept's cabinforward design creates a longer, more spacious passenger compartment. The upright stance of the rear hatch – more vertical than its forebear – is designed to give the QX50 Concept exceptional cargo space. The Concept's cargo bay is, for instance, long enough to store a stroller, suggesting how such a vehicle could suit a young family.
The QX50 Concept's Graphic User Interface shows how new technologies could be incorporated into future INFINITI vehicle cabins.
The centre of the dashboard features a wide touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface). As well as displaying navigation and infotainment features, the QX50 Concept's touchscreen could display to occupants the current status of other technologies in the vehicle. The dashboard could display to all occupants the status of the vehicle's various driver assist technologies, as well as how the VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine adapts as it shifts seamlessly between offering greater fuel efficiency and performance.
INFINITI engineers continue to develop autonomous driving support technologies
- INFINITI's future autonomous drive support technologies will allow the driver to retain ultimate control over their vehicle
- Future package of technologies will take a proactive approach to driver assistance and delegate elements of driving to the car
The INFINITI QX50 Concept's driver assist system is part of the company's development of autonomous driving support technologies.
The development strategy for all future INFINITI autonomous drive support systems is that they should ensure the driver retains control over their vehicle – in keeping with INFINITI's focus on driver engagement.
In the future, INFINITI autonomous drive support technologies will continue to make driving less stressful – such as navigating stop-start traffic on the highway or keeping track of the positions of surrounding vehicles.
Since its inception in 1989, INFINITI has brought pioneering driver-assistive technologies to the customer. The company has been responsible for a series of world-first technologies, including Predictive Forward Collision Warning, drive-by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering® and Active Lane Control.
The QX50 Concept's INFINITI driver assistance technologies preview the first productionready incarnation of this package.
With a proactive approach to safety, the QX50 Concept assists the driver in identifying and responding to other road users and potential hazards. Future technologies will draw on inputs from a network of laser scanners, radar and cameras to read the road ahead and monitor the vehicle's surroundings, allowing the car to react accordingly.
This framework of sensors will be developed in future production models with a series of new functionalities.
VC-Turbo – the world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine
- QX50 Concept suggests a potential application for INFINITI's VC-Turbo engine
- Packaging benefits for a mid-size crossover, powered by a compact engine with high specific power and efficiency
- INFINITI engineers target a 27-per cent improvement in fuel efficiency compared to V6 petrol engines
The INFINITI QX50 Concept demonstrates a potential production application for INFINITI's advanced new VC-Turbo engine. INFINITI has yet to confirm which of its future vehicles could benefit from its variable compression ratio engine, though a mid-sized crossover could be one of the ideal applications for the 2.0-litre VC-Turbo power unit revealed by the company in 2016.
The QX50 Concept's packaging efficiency and spacious cabin are due in part to a compact, space-efficient engine bay design. With its proportionately shorter hood, the QX50 Concept suggests how the 2.0-litre petrol engine could power a front-biased intelligent all-wheel drive system.
INFINITI's production-ready 2.0-litre VC-Turbo engine represents a compelling alternative to diesel powertrains, particularly in the mid-sized premium crossover segment. The VCTurbo engine is able to adapt its compression ratio according to driving conditions to deliver optimal levels of performance and efficiency.
It challenges the notion that hybrid technology and diesel are the only powertrains capable of offering high efficiency and torque. For its application in the QX50 Concept, the human-machine interface (HMI) demonstrates to the driver and passengers how the VC-Turbo is adapting according to driving conditions. The HMI displays the engine's current status as it intelligently chooses appropriate levels of performance and high efficiency.
With a downsized capacity and high power and torque, the 2.0-litre VC-Turbo engine boasts an impressive specific power output – higher than many competing four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, and close to the performance of some V6 petrol powertrains. In time for the engine's production debut in 2018, INFINITI engineers are targeting a 27-per cent improvement in fuel efficiency over V6 petrol engines of similar power output.
The INFINITI QX50 Concept, which will make its global premiere at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, showcases the brand's vision for a nextgeneration mid-size premium SUV.
An evolution of the 2016 QX Sport Inspiration, the QX50 Concept shows how the design of its conceptual forebear could be adapted for a future production model in the world's fastest-growing vehicle segment. INFINITI's latest concept confidently articulates the artistic influence of the designer through the brand's "Powerful Elegance" design language. A "cabin-forward" silhouette combines with taut, muscular lines and flowing surfaces telegraph it as a dynamic and practical SUV.
The organic forms of the "driver-centric, passenger-minded" cabin harmonize with the exterior. Blending progressive design with elevated levels of modern craftsmanship, the QX50 Concept's interior reflects INFINITI's desire to challenge conventional approaches to premium interior design.
"With the unveiling of the QX Sport Inspiration at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, we showed the future of INFINITI QX models. The new QX50 Concept evolves this concept further and shows how INFINITI could develop its future presence in the fastest-growing vehicle segment globally." Said Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI.
INFINITI to reveal plans for autonomous driving technologies
INFINITI's QX50 Concept also previews the brand's roll out of its autonomous drive support technologies. Central to the strategy for the development of all future autonomous drive support systems is that they should ensure the driver retains ultimate control over their vehicle – in keeping with INFINITI's focus on driver engagement – while providing a proactive approach to safety.
INFINITI's autonomous drive technologies will act as a "co-pilot" for the driver, empowering rather than replacing them, and "delegate" more onerous driving tasks to the car – such as navigating stop-start traffic on the highway or keeping track of the positions of surrounding vehicles.
Since its inception in 1989, INFINITI has brought a number of pioneering driver-assistive technologies to the customer. The company has been responsible for a series of world-first semi-autonomous technologies, including Predictive Forward Collision Warning, drive-bywire Direct Adaptive Steering and Active Lane Control.
The QX50 Concept's autonomous drive support systems preview the first production-ready incarnation of a technology package that will be developed further in future production models.
VC-Turbo: the first production-ready variable compression ratio engine
INFINITI will exhibit its ground breaking new VC-Turbo (Variable Compression Turbo) engine technology in Detroit. The VC-Turbo engine is the world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine. VC-Turbo technology combines the power of a highperformance 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine with the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel powertrain.
Such an advanced powertrain would be perfectly suited to the packaging of the QX50 Concept.
The production-ready 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine represents a compelling alternative to diesel powertrains. Using an innovative multi-link system, the VC-Turbo engine is able to adapt its compression ratio according to driving conditions to deliver optimal levels of performance and efficiency. By seamlessly raising or lowering the reach of the pistons, it instantly selects the most suitable compression for current driving conditions.
The engine is able to offer any compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency).
With a development target power output of approximately 200 kW (268 hp / 272 ps) and 390 Nm torque, the VC-Turbo engine will be comparable to certain six-cylinder petrol powertrains for performance, while significantly outperforming them in efficiency. INFINITI engineers are targeting a 27 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency over V6 petrol engines of similar power output.
INFINITI's VC-Turbo technology marks a significant leap forward for the internal combustion engine, joining other renowned powertrain innovations such as liquid cooling, fuel injection, catalytic convertors, and turbocharging. The arrival of the VC-Turbo will establish new benchmarks – for power, efficiency and emissions – against which future powertrains will be measured.
The INFINITI Q60 is a premium sports coupe that combines expressive design with exhilarating performance and dynamics. The taut, muscular lines of the exterior underline the Q60’s considerable performance potential. Lower and wider than previous INFINITI coupes, the Q60’s bold exterior expresses ‘Powerful Elegance’ – an INFINITI design language which gives the sports coupe a sinewy athleticism, confidently projecting a sense of motion and power.
The new Q60’s Australian market introduction commences with the availability of a four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine, turbocharged to produce 155kW. Power is channeled through the Q60’s rear wheels for immediate dynamic responses. From this week, the INFINITI Q60 GT and GT with Enhancement Pack commence local sales. From March 2017 the Q60 2.0t Sport Premium model grade and the Q60 Red Sport, which is powered by a 298kW twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, will both join the model range.
The Q60 delivers a truly engaging sports coupe experience, with a balance of compliant ride and agile handling.
“INFINITI has always been at the forefront of daring design and pioneering technology – and the Q60 again offers both. We believe the Q60‘s qualities and core strengths – the way it looks and drives – will appeal to buyers in the premium sports coupe segment.” Said Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI.
INFINITI Q60: reigniting INFINITI’s presence in the sports coupe segment
- Record INFINITI global sales during 1H 2016; Q60 to help maintain momentum
- Q60 part of intense period of model renewal by INFINITI
The world premiere of the new Q60 premium sports coupe comes at a time of rapid growth for INFINITI, released in the midst of an intense global launch period. INFINITI sold a record 110,246 new vehicles during the first half of 2016, a year-on-year rise of 7 per cent.
The Q60 will play an important role in the brand’s global development and re-ignite its presence in the premium sports coupe segment. INFINITI is undergoing a period of model diversification, entering new segments and, in the case of Q60, introducing new technologies and powertrains.
INFINITI has a proven track record in the sports coupe class with the G35 and G37, launched in 2002 and 2008, respectively. The first-generation G35 presented a blend of engaging dynamics and eye-catching looks, and INFINITI development teams have designed and engineered the third-generation Q60 sports coupe according to the same principles. In Australia, the G37 was officially released in December 2012 and was later renamed Q60. It is now replaced by this new Q60 sports coupe.
“The new Q60, our third-generation sports coupe, will reinforce INFINITI’s position in the segment. Premium customers around the globe love a sports coupe that offers power, performance and prestige – and the Q60 delivers on all three fronts.” Said Francois Bancon, INFINITI Vice President Product Strategy.
Powerful, elegant, and daring new design
- The Q60 gives expression to INFINITI’s ‘Powerful Elegance’ design philosophy
- Flowing sculptural lines and strong, muscular proportions communicate the Q60’s performance
- Signature design cues make the Q60 unmistakably INFINITI
- Aerodynamically-efficient design results in 0.29 drag coefficient
“Our ‘Powerful Elegance’ form language makes INFINITI vehicles instantly recognisable, but rather than applying constraints and limitations upon the artistry and creativity of design, it is constantly evolving to retain its fresh and contemporary edge – above all, Q60 brings this philosophy to life.” Said Alfonso Albaisa, INFINITI Executive Design Director.
The Q60 is characterised by flowing sculptural lines and strong, muscular proportions. Its sinewy athleticism confidently projects a sense of motion and power, coupled with an effortless, almost weightless stance.
The Q60 employs signature INFINITI design cues to communicate dynamism, representing a daring visual expression of the car’s performance. Unifying features such as the double-arch grille and the crescent-cut C-pillars – which arc forward and emphasise the car’s dynamic quality – ensure that the sports coupe is instantly recognisable as an INFINITI. LED headlights, employing ‘light guide technology’ to spread light evenly on the road ahead, are designed to emulate the shape of the human eye, providing an alluring ‘face’ to the car. The deeper grille is inset from the body, communicating a stronger connection to the engine.
The Q60’s exterior dimensions and striking silhouette assert its credentials as a powerful sports coupe. Its aggressive stance gives a greater impression of stability and in-control driving potential, while its lower centre of gravity has a positive overall effect on driving dynamics. The Q60 features newly-designed 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels as standard. The wheel gaps – the spaces between tyres and wheel arches – are tighter than ever, further lowering the visual volume of the car and giving it a low, powerful stance.
Aerodynamic efficiency was a major consideration for INFINITI’s design and engineering teams. Crucial for the Q60’s drag coefficient of just 0.29 was the car’s carefully-wrought exterior design. In particular, vents in the front fenders direct air from the engine bay while the Q60’s hood is also shaped to reduce drag.
The door-mounted side mirrors accentuate the Q60’s low stance and sleek coupe looks, and are designed to improve the flow of air down the flanks of the vehicle, while maintaining a wide angle of rear visibility for the driver.
A tailored approach for a driver-centric interior
- ‘Driver-centric, passenger-minded’ ethos for advanced cabin architecture
- All-new interior trims feature high-end accents and bold choice of materials
“Cabin artistry for INFINITI is about a fitted, personal approach. We modeled the Q60’s interior around the concept of a ‘driver’s glove’ – the driver is always comfortable and the cabin is tailored for them.” Said Alfonso Albaisa, INFINITI Executive Design Director.
Sophisticated craftsmanship characterises the spacious and beautifully appointed interiors across the INFINITI range, following the brand’s ‘driver-centric, passenger-minded’ approach to advanced cabin architecture. INFINITI designers have used this architecture to give each occupant their own clearly defined space within the passenger compartment.
In the front of the cabin, the Q60’s design emphasises the dashboard’s focus on the driver, with the centre console housing twin touchscreens (8-inch upper and 7-inch lower) as part of the InTouch central control system – the latest generation of the company’s infotainment technology. The touchscreen capabilities of both screens mean INFINITI’s design teams have been able to minimise the number of buttons in the cabin, for a neat, uncluttered appearance.
The interior trim of the Q60 includes high-end accents and bold, modern-looking materials.
The cabin of the Q60 has been packaged to offer comfortable space for all passengers, in spite of its sports coupe shape. Its 2,850mm wheelbase enables legroom of up to 1,095 mm for front passengers and 823mm for both rear passengers. The Q60’s 1,850mm-wide body (without mirrors, 2,052mm with mirrors) is sufficient to give all passengers plenty of shoulder and hip space. Shoulder room is 1,387mm for front passengers and 1,321mm for those in the rear, while hip room is 1,369mm and 1,217mm, respectively. Despite its sloping coupe roofline, the Q60 offers generous headroom for all passengers – 963mm in the front (without sunroof) and 876mm in the back. The Q60 offers 342 litres of cargo space.
Two engine choices
- Four-cylinder turbo-charged 2.0-litre petrol engine on sale now
- New VR30 DDTT twin-turbo V6 engine on sale in March 2017
For its Australian start of sales, the new Q60 comes fitted with a four-cylinder turbo-charged 2.0-litre DIG (direct-injection gasoline) engine, with enhanced direct fuel injection for efficiency in all conditions. This engine delivers 155 kW at 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 350 Nm from 1,250 to 3,500 rpm. A high-pressure direct fuel injection system with piezoelectric injectors delivers fuel to the engine in precise amounts for greater fuel efficiency, helping achieve a combined-cycle fuel consumption rate of 7.7-litres per 100 kilometres (according to ADR 81/02).
This all-aluminum 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine uses a hydraulic variable valve timing control system and direct fuel injection to maximise its mechanical efficiency, with resin-coated pistons minimising friction. INFINITI’s Idle Stop-Start system, fitted as standard to 2.0-litre DIG engines, provides further improvements to fuel economy.
The engine’s wide-range single-scroll turbocharger provides peak torque at those engine speeds most commonly used by drivers, though the free-revving nature of the engine allows drivers to reach a red line of 6,300 rpm. From March 2017, the INFINITI Q60 Red Sport will join the local range, powered by INFINITI’s new VR30 DDTT twin-turbo V6 engine. This engine produces an impressive 298kW of maximum power at 6,400 rpm and a peak torque of 475Nm from 1,600 rpm through to 5,200 rpm.
|Engine||Power||Torque||Fuel Cons.||CO2 Output|
|2.0l turbo-petrol I4||155kW||350Nm||7.7l/100km||175g/km|
Steering, ride and handling: precise and responsive
As standard, the Q60 GT (entry-level model grade) comes equipped with the new Rack Electronic Power Steering (Rack EPS). The system provides a linear and in-control driving experience, with every mode making for quick, natural, and precise handling, encouraging maneuverability and ease of control.
The standard suspension set-up ensures a low level of road noise and minimal intrusion of unwanted vibrations, while allowing for more direct and linear handling responses. Suspension link layouts and bushings have been modified specifically for their application in the Q60, while shock absorbers are relocated to make way for a selection of other tailor-made suspension components, endowing the Q60 with optimised sports coupe ride and handling.
Dynamic Digital Suspension (DDS) and Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS), as fitted to the VR30-powered Q50 sedan, will be fitted to the range-leading 298kW Q60 Red Sport when it goes on sale locally in March 2017.
Multiple Customisation Options
- Steering, Chassis, Powertrain and other features can be customised
- Ease of use with Drive Mode Selector
The all-new INFINITI Q60 is fully customisable through the Drive Mode Selector (DMS) – accessed through the 8-inch upper touchscreen. The system allows the drive mode to be selected from the following available options: ‘Standard’, ‘Snow’, ‘Sport’, and ‘Personal’.
The Standard mode has been tuned to represent the core performance of the Q60: normal engine output and transmission settings combined with a unique blend of enhanced ride comfort and agile handling – what INFINITI’s vehicle development teams have defined as the ideal performance characteristics for the car. In this mode, steering requires less effort at lower speeds for easier maneuverability, while at higher speeds or over rough road surfaces, there is a feeling of stability with fewer kickbacks associated with a slower gear ratio and firmer steering feel.
Sport mode increases the level of steering effort required and quickens the steering ratio, for more immediate handling responses. In addition, Sport mode comes with changes to engine and transmission mapping to deliver the required driving characteristics.
In Personal mode Q60 drivers can personalise the steering performance by selecting one of two core ‘modes’ (Standard, Sport) and then specifying their preferred level of ‘response’ (Default, Dynamic). In total there are three mode and response combinations available in Personal: Standard and Default; Sport and Default; Sport and Dynamic.
In Snow mode, the engine automatically lowers its output for wet or icy conditions. The transmission adjusts, so to use a higher gear and lower torque and power output. This helps prevent wheel spin on slippery roads.
Additional drivetrain technology connects car to road
- Seven-speed automatic transmission enables responsive, direct acceleration
- Adaptive Shift Control enhances gear selection according to road conditions
The Q60’s seven-speed automatic transmission has been engineered with gear ratios spaced to allow for responsive, direct acceleration. Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) uses a lateral acceleration sensor to detect topographical changes in the road, such as hills or corners, and enhances gear-select patterns according to the changing conditions. ASC also allows the transmission to observe driving behaviors and adapt shifts to driver feedback.
In Sport mode, the Q60 selects a more aggressive shift pattern, holding on to gears longer to tap in to the engine’s maximum performance reserves at higher revolutions. In all instances, the automatic transmission shifts smoothly, with less performance-focused modes giving the car an even more relaxed gait for everyday conditions.
Compared to its predecessor, a combination of wider wheels and tyres not only adds to the new Q60’s attention-grabbing design, but also improves vehicle handling. The Q60 is configured in a rear-wheel drive format for both the four-cylinder and V6-powered versions. All-wheel drive is not available in Australia.
|7-speed automatic with ASC||Torque Convertor||Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD)|
High-tech features offer maximum comfort and convenience
- NVH improved with upgrades to suspension, wheels, and cabin
- New 13-speaker Bose® audio system fitted to production vehicle for the first time
- Newly-designed high-back, high-bolster seats provide unrivalled spinal support
Technological innovation facilitates comfort and convenience in the cabin of the Q60 premium sports coupe, providing a refined and contemporary space for driver and passengers alike.
INFINITI engineers have worked to minimise Q60’s noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels. In particular, NVH has been improved with the adoption of significant suspension insulation and stiffer cross-members, as well as wheel spokes designed to dampen vibrations. Active Noise Cancellation is fitted to all Q60 models, effectively preventing negative engine noise frequencies from disturbing the calm of the cabin.
Making its world debut in a production vehicle, the Q60 is available with an all-new 13-speaker, Bose® Performance Series sound system (available on Q60 GT with Enhancement Pack), which has been tailored to the acoustics of the Q60’s cabin. Featuring all-new system architecture and high-performance components, the fully-immersive Bose audio system transforms the cabin into the driver’s very own audio haven. The system’s interface and speakers feature the latest ‘industrial’ design that characterises Bose Performance Series audio systems, lending an even more distinctive, high quality look and feel to the cabin.
INFINITI’s desire to offer drivers a totally in-control driving experience extends to the Q60’s high-bolster seats. INFINITI’s development teams found that many car seats, regardless of vehicle sector, force occupants’ spines into a ‘C’ shape and offer very little shoulder support, placing up to 40 per cent more load on the spine compared to a standing position.
INFINITI’s hallmark ‘spinal support’ seats have been carefully engineered for the Q60 to match the curvature of the spine, providing a consistent level of support and minimising pressure on lower and upper back muscles. The supportive seats reduce the spinal curvature that many traditional seats force occupants to adopt, with a more even alignment between chest and pelvis. Extensive upper body support spreads the occupant’s weight more evenly all the way up the chair.
The Q60 is equipped as standard with INFINITI’s InTouch advanced infotainment setup. Now upgraded with a faster processor, InTouch allows occupants to personalise the interior environment of the Q60 according to their preferences, and can store profiles for multiple drivers, identified by their I-key (intelligent key).
InTouch is able to memorise more than 250 settings that the individual can program themselves. These include driving seat positions, audio, and navigation settings; display settings, and heating and ventilation preferences.
Consult the Specifications and Equipment sheets for the complete list of comfort, convenience, technology and entertainment features fitted to the new INFINITI Q60.
Comprehensive safety features for ultimate peace-of-mind
- The Q60 includes safety technologies that actively protect people in and around the car
- Hazard monitoring and avoidance systems significantly reduce risk of incidents
INFINITI’s comprehensive approach to active safety is evident throughout the Q60 premium sports coupe. The Q60’s suite of driver assistive safety technologies allows the car to monitor for and identify potential hazards, actively assisting the driver to avoid those hazards, and, if a collision is unavoidable, mitigate the effects.
The range of active, and passive, safety technologies include:
- Avoiding and mitigating the effects of a collision: Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian braking system
- Appearance of a hazard: Predictive Forward Collision Warning
- Monitoring for hazards: Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection
The Q60 is equipped with six airbags as standard in all markets – driver and passenger front and side impact airbags, and roof-mounted curtain airbags with a rollover sensor. A pop-up engine hood, engineered to meet new global safety standards for pedestrian safety (designed to limit potential injury to pedestrians) is also fitted.
Consult the Specifications and Equipment sheets for the complete list of safety features fitted to the new INFINITI Q60.
Unique new production methods
- Q60 built at the INFINITI facility in Tochigi, Japan
- Significant investment in Tochigi specifically for new Q60 production
- INFINITI creates new production processes to meet unique design needs of Q60
- Highly-skilled ‘Takumi’ employed on production line ensure premium quality
The new INFINITI Q60 is built at the company’s production facility in Tochigi, Japan. The Tochigi plant has been upgraded to meet the unique production needs of the new premium sports coupe, in particular to create the bold lines and sharp angles of the Q60’s design.
Investment in the Body Shop facility includes the adoption of a unique deep-body stamping process and new resin tooling machinery to shape the deeply-carved surfaces of the new coupe. Production machinery and tooling on the Tochigi production line has been upgraded to incorporate a number of the Q60’s new manufacturing processes and advanced design features (such as the sharply curved body panels and deep inset mounts for lamps). INFINITI also introduced sub-production lines and worked in collaboration with other departments to create new jigs for certain components.
For example, manufacturing, design and engineering teams at the Tochigi plant worked very closely together to ensure that a new trunk lid feature for Q60 could be realised with the highest quality. In a world’s first application, the trunk lid is a hybrid combination of a resin skin on a steel frame - giving INFINITI designers more freedom to develop shapes that can then be built in a single part.
Thanks to these production enhancements, the road-going version of the Q60 remains strikingly faithful to the original concept design.
On the Q60 production line, 216 highly-skilled ‘Takumi’ – artisans – have been carefully selected from the 4,500-strong workforce. INFINITI’s Takumi not only require a particularly high level of technical knowledge, they are specially trained in premium vehicle manufacturing and have a deep understanding of the INFINITI brand and its core values.
Takumi working in the Q60 Paint Shop, for instance, are equipped to detect a 0.1 mm deviation in paint thickness. Takumi work across body press, welding, painting, assembly and quality assurance, and – true to the Japanese philosophy of ‘Kaizen’, that of continuous improvement – undergo regular training in new techniques and skills.
From the Takumi, a further six ‘Meister Takumi’ were selected – those with the highest understanding of premium car production and the expectations of INFINITI’s customers – to ensure the manufacturing process at the plant itself is fully attuned with the unique blend of attributes that differentiate INFINITI’s products from its rivals.
Scheduled servicing costs
The INFINITI Service Assure program is available at any authorised Infiniti workshop and offers Australian Q60 customers a transparent and convenient scheduled servicing program.
The program is available for all models in the Australian Infiniti vehicle range. For the 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol-powered Q60 model variants, scheduled servicing intervals are every 12 months or 25,000km, whichever occurs first. The prices for the scheduled services will be advised soon.
A comprehensive four-year / 100,000 kilometre new-vehicle warranty is applied to all models sold in the Australian Infiniti new-vehicle range. Included is Infiniti’s Premium Roadside Assistance package, provided for four years from the date of first registration. This assistance is available to Infiniti owners 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
|Model and Grade||MSRP*||Est. Driveaway*|
|Q60 2.0-litre Turbo-Petrol|
|Q60 2.0t GT||$62,900||$69,935|
|Q60 2.0t GT with Enhancement Pack||$65,900||$73,085|
|Q60 Sport Premium (on sale March 2017)||$70,900||$78,335|
|Q60 3.0-litre Twin-Turbo Petrol V6|
|Q60 3.0t Red Sport (on sale March 2017)||$88,900||$97,235|
*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail prices (MSRP) are provided for media purposes only do not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
**Maximum recommended drive-away price for vehicle in Victoria including 12 months’ registration, 12 months’ CTP and applicable statutory charges, dealer delivery and administration charges. Price is based on a private owner aged 40 with a good driving record and the vehicle being garaged in Victoria. Prices may differ depending on State purchased, individual’s personal circumstances and will vary from dealer to dealer. Premium paint is available at additional cost.
INFINITI will debut two vehicles and an industry first engine technology for the first time in North America at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs Nov. 18 through the 27 at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. Additionally, the INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition will be on display at the INFINITI stand.
“In a city known for its appreciation for great automotive design and environmental sustainability, INFINITI is delighted show the new design direction for our future SUVs, as well as the world’s first variable compression ratio engine, for the first time in North America,” said Roland Krueger, president of INFINITI Motor Company. “We are undergoing a major product offensive based on our strengths in design and innovation, and, as such, are poised to have another record year.”
QX Sport Inspiration: the evolution of a concept
Revealed for the first time at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, the INFINITI QX Sport Inspiration is an elegant and powerful expression of progressive SUV design, and it explores the company's vision for a next-generation, premium mid-size SUV.
INFINITI's progressive outlook is evident in the QX Sport Inspiration's elegant yet powerfully proportioned exterior, with upgrades that include a matte grey exterior colour and larger, 22-inch wheels in a striking bronze color with matching brake calipers. Flowing lines and advanced craftsmanship characterize the spacious and beautifully appointed interior, which gains kick plate lighting at the base of every door. The interior's color palette – predominantly black and white with flashes of the hide's natural tan colour – is enhanced with sections added in brown leather.
VC-Turbo: The first production-ready variable compression engine
Transforming on demand, INFINITI's VC-Turbo technology uses an advanced multi-link system to seamlessly raise or lower the reach of the pistons, detecting the car's driving condition and driver inputs, and instantly selecting the most suitable compression ratio. The engine is able to offer any compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency).
In production form, the VC-Turbo engine is expected to have a power output of approximately 268 horsepower and 288 lb-ft torque, comparable to certain six-cylinder petrol powertrains for performance while significantly outperforming them in efficiency. The four-cylinder VC-Turbo engine achieves lower levels of noise and vibration than conventional internal combustion engines, particularly diesel, and it is lighter and more compact than V6 units with comparable power outputs.
INFINITI's VC-Turbo technology marks a significant leap forward for the internal combustion engine, joining other renowned powertrain innovations such as liquid cooling, fuel injection, catalytic convertors and turbocharging. The arrival of the variable compression ratio engine will establish new benchmarks – for power, efficiency and emissions – against which future powertrains will be measured.
2017 INFINITI Q60 3.0t Sport
For 2017, the Q60 is completely redesigned, benefiting from the very best of INFINITI styling, performance and technology. The Q60 reclaims its title as the brand’s halo car and is the third chapter in a lineage of iconic INFINITI sport coupes, starting with the 2003 G35.
The comprehensive update for 2017 includes a trio of all-new advanced turbocharged engines to expand market coverage, next-generation ride and handling technologies, and the very latest INFINITI infotainment and Safety Shield driver assistance systems.
Designated by the silver “S” model badge, the new Q60 3.0t Sport is the latest addition to the 2017 Q60 portfolio and is equipped with the new VR-series 3.0 litre V6 twin turbo engine featuring 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Offering select content from the Q60 Red Sport 400 flagship, the Q60 3.0t Sport includes sport brakes with silver-painted calipers, sport-tuned Dynamic Digital Suspension, carbon fiber interior trim, semi-aniline leather-appointed sport seats, paddle shifters and aluminum-accented pedals. Dual occupant memory system for driver’s seat, power tilt and telescope steering column, auto dimming outside mirrors and interior ambient lighting are also standard.
INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition
Neiman Marcus recently announced the inclusion of the INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition in the luxury retailer's annual Christmas Book. Named this year's Fantasy Gift, the Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition can be found on page 128 of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. The whole package retails for $63,000 and includes an exclusive Gallery White leather weekender bag, a plaque with the car's VIN number, Neiman Marcus-branded indoor car cover and letter of authenticity. Additionally, with the purchase of each INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition, INFINITI will donate $1,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
Based on the Red Sport 400 version of the all-new 2017 INFINITI Q60, this 400-horsepower coupe is equipped with a 3.0 liter-twin-turbocharged V6 engine and is painted a striking Solar Mica hue. The Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Q60 offers Direct Adaptive Steering™, Dynamic Digital Suspension, Bose® Performance Series premium audio system and INFINITI InTouch™ infotainment system. This special edition Q60 also features genuine carbon fiber accents on the fender vents, fog-light finishers, mirror caps and rear spoiler. The interior is equipped with Gallery White semi-aniline leather-appointed sports seats and Silver Optic Fiber Interior Trim.
“INFINITI has a longstanding tradition of design prowess and engineering excellence, and at our core, we stand for empowering the drive of our products,” said Randy Parker, vice president, INFINITI Americas. “The QX Sport Inspiration, VC-Turbo engine, Q60 3.0t Sport and the stunning Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition embody the brand’s promise to deliver innovative and forward-thinking products and experiences for our customers.”
INFINITI unveiled the all-new 2.0-litre VC-Turbo (Variable Compression Turbo) petrol engine, the world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine. Shown for the first time at the 2016 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris, the four-cylinder VC-Turbo promises to be one of the most advanced internal combustion engines ever created.
With the ability to continuously transform, INFINITI's VC-Turbo technology uses an advanced multi-link system to seamlessly raise or lower the stroke of the pistons, detecting the car's driving condition and driver inputs, and instantly selecting the most suitable compression ratio.
The engine is able to offer any compression ratio between 8:1 (typical for high performance engines) and 14:1 (used by many manufacturers for high efficiency). The result is an engine that combines the power of a high-performance 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel powertrain – without the equivalent emissions – offering a compelling alternative to similarlypowered four-cylinder diesel engines. The VC-Turbo engine will be comparable to certain six-cylinder petrol powertrains for performance, while significantly outperforming them in efficiency.
The four-cylinder VC-Turbo engine achieves lower levels of noise and vibration than conventional internal combustion engines, particularly diesel, and is lighter and more compact than V6 units with comparable power outputs.
INFINITI's VC-Turbo technology marks a significant leap forward for the internal combustion engine, joining other renowned powertrain innovations such as liquidcooling, fuel injection, catalytic convertors, and turbocharging. The arrival of the variable compression ratio engine will establish new benchmarks for power, efficiency and emissions.
“Vehicle engineers believe that a breakthrough in internal combustion technology would come from mastering the variable compression ratio. INFINITI will be the first to bring this technology to the market in 2018. This new generation of powertrains will help our global growth and expansion of the INFINITI product portfolio.” Said Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI.
The world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine
- Two decades in development, and on-sale in 2018
- Technology enhances future prospects for the petrol engine
Fixed compression ratio engines have been in existence throughout the 130-year history of the motor car. Throughout this time, other manufacturers have taken on the challenge of developing a variable compression ratio engine. INFINITI will be the first to bring the technology to market, with an engine that continuously transforms according to driver behavior.
A truly historic challenge, INFINITI has worked on this technology for more than 20 years. The first major breakthrough was the invention by INFINITI of a new multilink technology in 1998, which held the key to a true variable compression ratio. INFINITI has tested and developed more than 100 engine prototypes in perfecting the technology, covering over three million kilometres of equivalent road testing and spending over 30,000 hours on the test bed (equal to five million kilometres of onroad testing). The engine is now in its final stages of development on real roads.
The advanced new VC-Turbo engine is the latest driver-focused technology from INFINITI. The company has introduced a series of world-first technologies since 1989, such as 'steer-by-wire' Direct Adaptive Steering and predictive forward collision warning.