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Infiniti Q60 Convertible Not Happening, At Least Not Now

With the G35 and G37 in convertible form, a lot of people were won over by the Nissan-owned Infiniti brand. But the Japanese automaker doesn’t have an heir in mind for the G37 Convertible, which is a little baffling when you think about it.
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Based in Hong Kong, the Infiniti brand has seen better days. Though Infiniti had sold more than 200,000 vehicles in the calendar year 2015, the brand doesn’t have the same zest as before when it comes down to giving an identity to its new products. The Q50 and Q60 coupe are cases in point.

Gerardo Carmona, the global senior manager of product strategy at Infiniti, let it slip that the Q60 Convertible is not going to happen. Speaking to our friends at CarAdvice, the official had the following to declare: “We’re focusing only on the coupe version… a convertible is off the table for the moment.” Mr. Carmona then goes into further detail: “Convertible volumes are pretty small, and we wanted to be focused on making a big improvement on the car.”

When all is said and done, Gerardo is adamant that his team “wanted to really launch a dramatically different Q60, therefore all the efforts went into this one instead of thinking about other variants.” It’s a good car, especially regarding design, but then again, it’s not nearly as enticing as its main rival: the BMW 4 Series. Also, the Infiniti Q60 doesn’t have an M4-rivaling variant, which is strange when you want to steal customers away from BMW.

Maybe Gerardo really wanted for Infiniti to develop a Q60 Convertible. But if the higher-ups can’t make a case for such a product, then that’s that.

As a brief refresher, the 2017 Infiniti Q60 sports coupe is priced from $38,950 plus destination in the United States for the 2.0t with RWD. The range-topping Q60 Red Sport 400, on the other hand, is $51,300 plus destination for the RWD model and bridges the gap between the 440i and M4.

Editor's note: H/T to Theophilus Chin for the renderings!

 
 
 
 
 

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