European audiences get their first chance to see two all-new models from Infiniti at the Geneva show, along with a significantly revamped one.
The Q60 is an all-new version of Infiniti’s coupe targeting the likes of the BMW 4 Series, and was unveiled at the Detroit show in January. It is expected on UK sale later in 2016.
The car is closely related to the Q50 saloon with a very similar front, but presents a more sporty appearance due to its rising profile and low swooping roofline.
The Q60 Red Sport on show in Geneva is powered by a new and lighter petrol engine, the VR30 a 3.0-litre V6 twin turbo unit with 400bhp. There will also be a four-cylinder 2-litre unit available with 208bhp, both engines matched to the seven-speed auto gearbox and 3-litre cars boasting an all-wheel-drive transmission, the 2-litre unit being rear-wheel drive.
Also on show for the first time in Europe is the QX30, the crossover version of the newly-launched Q30 hatch. The QX30 goes on sale in mid 2016 and with its hatch sister is expected to be a cornerstone of significant future growth for the brand.
The line-up is completed by the significantly revamped Q50 saloon, a comprehensive update including the same V6 engine of the Q60 coupe and technical advances such as the brand’s second-generation Direct Adaptive Steering and new Dynamic Digital Suspension.
Infiniti is highlighting strong growth over the last year, its Western Europe sales reached 7,000 45 per cent up on 2014. UK registrations were 1,195 vehicles, 60 per cent up on 2014 despite the brand losing one of its outlets in Hull. Currently Infiniti has 10 dealers across the UK.