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Infiniti piles technology on new Q60 coupe

Phil Berg
Special to The Detroit News

A year ago at the Detroit auto show, Infiniti unveiled a concept two-door high-tech, high-performance sports car that looked like the production model unveiled Monday at the show. It is scheduled to go on sale late this summer.

The high-tech parts, including the second generation of Infiniti's adaptive steering, a new "Dynamic Digital Suspension", and advanced object detection "is the key building block to our autonomous driving goals," said Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Corporation, parent company of Infiniti.

Other technology includes a grille with electric-powered shutters to aid aerodynamics and active noise cancellation for the 13-speaker Bose audio system.

The new Q60 comes in two models, regular and S, with a choice of three engines and all-wheel-drive. The newest engine is a 2.0-liter 208-horsepower four cylinder, while the latest versions of the company's V-6 3.0-liter turbocharged engines are available in 300- or 400-horsepower versions.

Although the company builds its cars at five plants, one in the U.K., one in China, and two in Japan, as well as in Smyrna, Tennessee, the U.S. buys about three-quarters of all Infinitis made, which in 2015 reached 215,000.

Augmenting the new coupe on the show floor are revised versions of the QX60 three-row crossover SUV, as well as the Q50 four-door sedan, which shares the new engines in the Q60 coupe. "The technology on display provides a window where Infiniti is headed," added Ghosn.