Improvements in the plant’s stamping and assembly lines have allowed Infiniti to deliver the sharp angles and body lines which are key to the Q60’s purposeful looks.
And a new paint plant has been installed specifically for the complex new ‘Dynamic Sandstone Red’ colour.
Infiniti Australia will offer the Q60 with both the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine - a co-development with Mercedes-Benz - offering 155kW208hp/350Nm and the all-new ‘VR’ twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine (available in 224kW/400Nm and 298kW/475Nm versions).
The technically-fascinating new V6 is the first from the VR family which replaces the award-winning VQ V6 which has powered Infiniti and Nissan vehicles since 1994.
With innovations like an integrated exhaust manifold for the cylinder heads, the new twin-turbo V6 is more compact and 14.1kgs lighter than the VQ.
The 224kW version runs a single water pump while the higher output 298kW variant uses two water pumps – Infiniti says this provides better heat management when the engine is operating under light loads.
A new turbine speed sensor allows the turbochargers to spin up to 240,000rpm.
The Infiniti Q60 runs a further enhanced version of the controversial Direct Adaptive Steering system which debuted on the Q50 and was subsequently re-engineered after media criticism.
Australian specifications have not been announced but in North America, Infiniti Q60 will be offered with a choice of two suspension set-ups - Sports models score a new ‘Dynamic Digital Suspension’ with electronic dampers.
And the top-spec models feature a new 13-speaker Bose audio system and carbon-fibre trim highlights.
Look for the local lineup to be confirmed closer to launch in the Spring.
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