Infiniti will use next month’s 2015 Detroit Auto Show to unveil a striking new concept previewing its next-generation Q60 coupe. The Q60, for those still not up to date with Infiniti’s new naming strategy, is essentially the G coupe, whose last complete redesign was back in 2008.

A teaser shot released overnight of the upcoming Q60 concept shows a familiar shape but with some exciting new elements, like the muscular, well-defined contours and short overhangs. We can also see a vertical front fender vent, an interesting C-pillar design and what appears to be a rearward-looking camera instead of a traditional side mirror.

This latest concept is said to build upon the design language seen on recent Infiniti concepts like the Q30 and Q80 Inspiration, however, Infiniti design chief Alfonso Albaisa has previously stated that the new Q60 concept will closely resemble the final production version of the car due out late next year, most likely as a 2016 model.

Shiro Nakamura, design chief for all Nissan brands, previously said the production Q60 will target the BMW 4-Series but will be slightly larger and feature a design influenced by the Q80 Inspiration. Other potential rivals for the new coupe include the Audi A5, Cadillac ATS Coupe, Lexus RC and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe.

The platform for the production Q60 is likely to be a shortened version of the rear-wheel-drive platform underpinning the Q50 sedan. A convertible is also planned.

It’s too early to talk powertrains but it’s possible we’ll see the new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 from the Q80 Inspiration offered in the car. There’s also the chance that a high-performance Eau Rouge version powered by the Nissan GT-R’s twin-turbo V-6 will be developed at some point.

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show gets underway January 12. In the meantime, additional coverage of the event can be accessed via our dedicated hub.


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