Sexy coupe is being built in Tochigi, Japan.
A gorgeous coupe no doubt, Infiniti’s all-new Q60 is a breath of fresh air in the segment and aims to be a solid alternative to the German trio (A5, 4-Series, C-Class) as well as a worthy adversary for the Lexus RC and the Cadillac ATS Coupe. Nissan’s premium marque has initiated production of the model at the Tochigi plant which has been making a variety of Infinitis ever since the company’s launch back in 1989. It’s also the place where Nissan's 370Z and GT-R sports cars come to life.
In order to get everything ready for the Q60’s debut, Infiniti had to upgrade the factory’s production lines and improve the stamping and assembly lines. A new lighting system is being used during the inspection process to boost quality control, and for the same reason, the assembly line is now being monitored by cameras hooked up to a video system.
Interestingly, Infiniti says the Q60’s Dynamic Sandstone Red paint required the installation of a dedicated paint booth, as well as newly developed machinery and manual processes to make sure the glossy, deep red finish will come out right.
The factory in Tochigi employs about 4,500 people and for the Infiniti production line Nissan has selected 216 Takumi (master craftsmen) to put together the Q60. A further six Meister Takumi have been chosen to check everything and make sure the luxury coupe's quality will live up to the model's premium status.
The 2017 Q60 is scheduled to go on sale in United States early next month from $39,885 for the entry-level version fitted with a 208-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. Upgrading to the newly developed 300-hp biturbo 3.0-liter V6 will increase the starting price to $45,205 or $47,205 if you want an all-wheel drive layout instead of the standard RWD setup. There’s also going to be a beefier 400-hp version of the six-cylinder engine in the Q60 Red Sport 400 model, with pricing to be announced at a later date.