Infiniti Needs To Hire New Interior Designers And The New Q60 Is Proof


Exterior? Winning! Interior? Bland!

When we first laid our eyes on the all-new Infiniti Q60 at Detroit last January, we knew Infiniti was finally on to something. Stress "finally." For too long Nissan’s luxury brand simply couldn’t find itself in a sea of tough competition, specifically coming from BMW, Audi and, more recently, even Cadillac. But the 2017 Q60 should be considered as something of a fresh start. In short: the exterior design is beautiful. Our tester came painted Graphite Shadow and rode on a set of 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels. We couldn’t find a bad angle. Then we stepped inside.

OK, so the $400 dark maple wood trim is a great touch along with the brush aluminum trim. But it’s the overall dash design that kept nagging at us; it’s boring. Not ugly but it’s not anywhere near as interesting as the exterior.

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In fact, we found the dash design of the new Nissan Maxima more exciting, and that shouldn’t be the case when it comes to a luxury brand. Under the hood, mercifully, is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 spitting out 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of twist. Combined with the $1,850 Technology Package and $2,250 Driver Assistance Package, our 2017 Q60 came to a grand total of $55,255. That’s clearly well within range of competition like the BMW 4 Series. But again, that lame dash design. Such a missed opportunity.