Infiniti is preparing a big surprise for the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, according to company’s executive design director Alfonso Albaisa. Next year, we will see a new concept car from Infiniti that previews the next-generation Infiniti Q60 and looks very close to the production version.
For those who don’t know, the vehicle was also confirmed by Infiniti’s chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura, who said that the upcoming Q60 will be a little big bigger than the BMW 4-Series and smaller than a 6-Series.
When it comes to engines, the Infiniti Q60 might surprise us with the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine found on the Nissan GT-R and capable to deliver 545 hp (400 kW). Still, the powerful engine will be available only if the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept will be approved for production.
Alfonso Albaisa also gave some interesting information regarding the Infiniti Q30 Concept unveiled back in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and said that the vehicle unveiled in Germany was in fact a go-with beta model for the production car. The only thing they changed was the front of the vehicle.
Originally headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, but now based in Hopewell Centre, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Infiniti is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese carmaker Nissan. Interestingly, while Infiniti used to be based in Japan, the brand was never used in Japan. In fact, many of its offerings were sold in Japan as Nissan.
Nissan launch the Infiniti brand in the United States on November 8, 1989, mainly as part of marketing strategy to target the country’s premium vehicle segments that would not fit with Nissan's mainstream image. Nissan launched the Infiniti marque with just two models, the Q45, and the M30.
In 2012, Infiniti had its global headquarters moved from Yokohama to Hong Kong. It was incorporated in the Chinese territory Infiniti Global Limited, as Nissan top honcho Carlos Ghosn wanted the brand to focus more on the growing luxury market in mainland China.
Interestingly, Infiniti’s badge has a double meaning. For one, it represents a road that extends into the horizon. Likewise, the badge also represents Mount Fuji, thereby reflecting Infiniti’s Japanese origins. As a division of Nissan, Infiniti is also involved in the Renault-Nissan alliance.
Officially known as the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the Detroit Auto Show is held annually in Detroit, Michigan at Cobo Center in January. It is considered as one of the largest auto shows in North America. Sanctioned by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, the Detroit Auto Show typically starts with press preview days, industry preview days and a charity preview event.
For 2015, the Detroit Auto Show is set from January 12 to 25, 2011. Press preview is set on January 12 and 13, while the industry preview will be held on January 14 and 15. The charity preview will be held on January 16. The 2015 Detroit Auto Show will open its doors to the public on January 17, and will close on January 25.