The Infiniti Q70, formerly known as the M, has been updated for the first time since it was launched in 2010 as the fourth-gen model of the series. It features fresh styling and the option of an extended wheelbase (a first in its segment in North America), as well as new intelligent safety tech.
There’s nothing at all revolutionary about it, especially since the new Q50 is an all-new and more modern car, even if it sits in the size class below. The Q70 draws on its smaller brethren’s styling and its reshaped front is immediately obvious, with more pronounced haunches that give it muscles, and new headlights that complete the new family fascia look of the brand.
Round the back, easily noticeable are the new rear clusters that feature a more curvaceous-looking interior design. Also new is the flatter boot lid. Interestingly and oddly for the class, a lot of shiny chrome trim is used around the number plate surround (a bit excessively, I think), the shape of which perfectly mirrors that of the new Infiniti front grille.
The long-wheelbase model (formerly only reserved for China) is 5.9 inches (14.4 cm) longer than the standard variant. It promises best in class rear legroom of 32.4 inches (~80 cm), automatic closure of the (rear) doors and options such as a heated back seat and power outlet. Its makers also promise it’s quieter than before too.
Power options include the same 330 hp 3.7-liter V6, 360 hp 3.5-liter V6-based hybrid and 420 hp 5.6-liter V8 for the American market. When it arrives in Europe, a 3.0-liter diesel will be added to the list. All engines are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and the brand’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system is available.
On the safety front, Infiniti says it’s added “four innovative technologies to the Q70’s long list of safety and security systems, which are available depending on the series.” These are Predictive Forward Collision Warning system, Around View Monitor system, Backup Collision Intervention and Forward Emergency Braking.
By Andrei Nedelea