2017 Infiniti Q60 revealed, Australian debut later this year

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The big new 2017 Infiniti Q60 has been given a world premiere at this week’s Detroit auto show, revealed as just the latest in a number of promising new models for the Japanese luxury marque.

Returning to the venue where it first appeared as a striking concept in 2015, the new Q60 is revealed today in its final production form ahead of an Australian debut set to occur later this year.

Today’s unveiling follows the September unveiling of the Q30 high-riding hatch and its QX30 crossover sibling in November, along with a new twin-turbo variant of the Q50 sedan just one month ago.

The Q60 stands above all other Infiniti models on the totem pole, however, destined as it is to become the brand’s most important mark of progress.

In Australia and elsewhere, the 2+2 Q60 will take on established heroes like the BMW 4 Series, Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, along with its countryman the Lexus RC.

Power in Infiniti’s new lifestyle cruiser will be provided by a choice of three petrol engines: a turbo four, a naturally-aspirated six and a flagship twin-turbo six.

Opening the range is a 155kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, followed in the middle of the range by the 223kW/400Nm N/A VR30 V6.

At the top of the range is the new twin-turbo version of the VR30, revealed recently for the Q50 sedan with 298kW and 475Nm of torque. The turbo-six model also boasts a staggered tyre arrangement and active grille shutters for reduced aero drag when cooling isn’t a priority.

All three are equipped with a revised seven-speed auto, which, depending on the variant and market, sends power either to the rear wheels or to a rear-biased all-wheel drive system.

Infiniti says the AWD system is designed to distribute torque equally between the front and rear wheels in its standard setting, with power able to be sent entirely to the rear if desired.

Two suspension systems will also be offered, with the optional Dynamic Digital Suspension package offering multiple settings for the adaptive dampers.

Performance figures for the Q60 are still to be released.

The Q60 will be offered with 19-inch wheels as standard, with 20s available as an option.

The cabin presents a familiar Infiniti environment, with a bisected dash design and lashings of aluminium and black wood. Higher-spec models get silver glass fibre accents, matched to the additional option of white or red leather.

Advanced sound insulation and noise cancellation is also promised – although engine noise will still have access to the cabin – and there’s also a new 13-speaker Bose audio system for those less interested in the engine’s song.

Watch for more on the Q60 – particularly acceleration data – to come in the weeks ahead.

The new Q60 will make its Australian debut in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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