The Infiniti QX70 isn’t new, although the name might have you thinking otherwise. It’s still the sporty, five passenger crossover that first came ashore in 2003 and had its last major redesign in 2009. But amid the brands lineup-wide renaming shakeup this year, the QX has taken over where last year’s FX 35/FX50 left off.
Retaining the same overall concept as the original 2003 FX35, the 2014 QX70 represents the brands up-market movement and continual betterment. Over the last decade, Nissan USA has made vast improvements in almost every area of its product line. Engines are more powerful yet efficient, interior fit and finish has vastly improved – especially within the Infiniti brand – and technology adoption has been heavy. Growing sales numbers continually show Nissan’s hard work and attention to detail.
Being an Infiniti, the QX70 forgoes trying to be an all-in-one sports car/luxury sedan/off-road champ and simply dumps the latter; rocks and mud are better left to Land Rover . What the QX70 does, however, it does well, and that is providing an exhilarating yet smooth ride to five people in a luxury cabin surrounded by a sporty wrapper that neither goes unnoticed nor screams ostentatiously in other motorists’ faces.
Click past the jump for our full review of the 2014 Infiniti QX70