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.
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.