The coupe market isn’t what it once was.
The Infiniti Q60 is still with us despite it dating back to the 2014 model year. This gorgeous coupe is a member of an engendered species as luxury buyers are ditching both two- and four-door conventional cars for crossovers. It’s a trend that is expected to continue, which brings us to the future of the Q60.
In typical model production cycles, the Q60 should have been completely redesigned by now. The fact that it hasn’t indicates Nissan’s luxury brand intends to let the existing generation live out its life with no successor planned. Question is, when is that death date? Automotive News predicts it’ll be dropped from the lineup in 2023.
If so, the upcoming 2022 model year could be its last. We’ve reached out to Infiniti seeking clarification and we’ll update this space accordingly. As for its Q50 sedan sibling, it appears it too will soldier on for the upcoming model year. Beyond that is anyone’s guess.
This same report further hints the Q50, which is sold as the Nissan Skyline in its native Japan, could be succeeded by an all-electric sedan with styling heavily influenced by the Qs Inspiration concept that premiered at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. Both the Q50 and Q60 are powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
In base form, there’s a total of 300 horsepower on tap but the top trims boost output by another 100 hp. The luxury coupe segment as a whole is down to just a small group of players consisting of the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, and the Lexus RC-F. The Q60 is one of the oldest of the bunch.
Only 2,793 examples were sold in the US last year but this can partially be blamed on the coronavirus pandemic. The year prior, a total of 5,043 Q60s were driven home from dealer lots. Still, the far more popular 4 Series, to compare, sold 9,495 units in 2020.