Infiniti Q70

2016 Infiniti Q70

The Infiniti Q70 luxury sedan, the brands top model, stands apart for its elegant bodywork and extensive standard equipment. It serves as a distinctive substitute for conservatively styled German-brand luxury sedans, particularly in extended-length Q70L form, and competes against long-wheelbase versions of the Jaguar XJ and Lexus LS.

The long-wheelbase Q70L joined the lineup for the 2015 model year. For 2016, a Premium Select option has been added, featuring a darkened lower rear section, dark chrome trim, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and unique 20-inch wheels.

Blending traditional and contemporary themes, the Q70 melds comfort with performance. By establishing its own course, the Infiniti Q70 rivals the other luxury sedans. Its an authentic original.

Three distinct powertrains are offered. The Q70 3.7 gets a 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 330 horsepower. In the Q70 5.6, a 5.6-liter V8 generates 420 horsepower (416 hp in the Q70L). Both models are available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The Q70 Hybrid combines a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery, for a combined rating of 350 horsepower. Only rear-wheel drive is offered.

Every Q70 uses a 7-speed automatic transmission that incorporates rev-matching downshifts and a manual-shifting mode. Paddle shifters are optional.

Performance is strong with the V6 engine and even more authoritative with the V8. However, the Hybrid model is short on finesse. Handling is accurate and responsive, without detracting from ride comfort.

Crash-test ratings are impressive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Q70 five stars overall, but four stars for frontal-impact and rollover. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety declares it a Top Safety Pick+, rated Good in each category. Frontal-crash testing is rated Superior if active-safety features are installed.

Available safety features include adaptive headlights, dynamic cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and a surround-view camera.

Formerly optional, the Premium package is standard on 2016 Infiniti Q70 5.6 models. The available Sport Package includes four-wheel steering, enhanced cooling, and 20-inch wheels. Infinitis Technology Package provides an extensive suite of active-safety features, as well as an active Eco pedal, and Active Trace Control for selective braking of individual wheels.

2015 Infiniti Q70

The 2015 Infiniti Q70 includes nine different models of the luxury brand's flagship sedans, including a hybrid, all-wheel-drive variants, and a brand-new Q70L long-wheelbase configuration, with impressively increased rear seating room.

New to all 2015 Q70 models are restyled front and rear fascias and a new grille, giving the Infiniti Q70 a family identity closely harmonized with the recently debuted Q50 sedan. Also new for 2015 are LED headlights, taillights, and turn signals integrated into the side mirrors.

Prior to the 2014 model year, the Q70 was known as the Infiniti M.

The overall appearance of the 2015 Infiniti Q70 has the muscular, expressive styling language of the contemporary Japanese luxury-sedan school, which continues to separate itself from more traditional European luxury sedans. The Q70 has voluptuously modeled flanks, interestingly sinister headlight clusters, a distinctive face typical of this emerging design language, all combining to produce an exceptionally low aerodynamic coefficient of drag of 0.27.

But the Q70's componentry, design character, and performance profile are highly evolutionary, closely related to successful previous Infiniti luxury-sedan offerings. With the expected addition of new contemporary driver aids, such as available predictive forward-collision warning, surround-view rear monitor with moving-object detection, forward emergency braking, and back-up collision intervention, the Q70 maintains its competitive stance on the technology forefront. The list of Q70 driver aids and luxury furnishings is long and lavish.

Performance continues to be exciting, as well. Two conventional powerplants are available, a 330-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, and a large 420-hp 5.6-liter V8. Neither of these engines takes advantage of the current trend toward more fuel-efficient turbocharged small-capacity engines, as featured by some Q70 competitors. While delivering excellent responsiveness, these engines' mileage ratings range from 23-26 mpg on the highway, and 16-18 mpg in the city. The Q70 Hybrid, by contrast, achieves exemplary efficiency of an EPA-estimated 29/34 mpg City/Highway.

Q70L models feature a wheelbase nearly six inches longer wheelbase, adding 5.6 inches of rear-seat legroom, 5.9-inches of rear-seat knee room. These longer versions are available across the board.

As a contemporary performance sedan, the Q70 is a spirited, high-quality over-the-road thoroughbred. Driven vigorously, it is agile, responsive, and well balanced. In more sedate conditions, it is comfortable, smooth, and rewardingly quiet. And because Infiniti has priced the Q70 very carefully in the market in comparison with its main competitors, such as the Lexus GS, it represents very good value in a mid-size luxury performer.


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