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2015 Infiniti Q70

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This is the new Infiniti Q70, just announced at the New York Auto Show , and at first blush you may not peg it as a new or refreshed model. To be honest, not much has changed since it was still called the M Sedan . There have been some visual changes to distinguish the new 2015 model from the current 2014 version, but by and large this is the same swoopy and fluidic sedan Infiniti has been selling since 2010.

That isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, as I think the Q70 is one of the best looking cars in the class.

The big news for the 2015 car is the addition of new technology and the announcement of a long wheelbase Q70L, specifically created to cater to the booming Chinese markets. Thankfully for those of us who enjoy the idea of extra rear legroom, the Q70L will be coming to the U.S. and other important Infiniti markets. This isn’t a China exclusive like so many long wheelbase models tend to be these days.

To find out about all the changes coming to the freshly announced 2015 Q70 and Q70L hit the jump.

Exterior

Infiniti Q70

New lamps are found front and rear, both making use of fairly recognizable LED arrangements and details.

When it comes to the visual distinctions of the new 2015 Infiniti Q70, most of your attention should be focused at the lighting. New lamps are found front and rear, both making use of fairly recognizable LED arrangements and details. The rest of the nose is dominated by a new double-arch grille and the new front bumper with its inset fog lamps. The side features a revised character line that gracefully traces its way from the front of the car to the rear taillamps.

The rear of the car has a trunk lid that has been slightly flattened and the bumper has been made a bit more slender to elongate the appearance of this machine. Chrome details are scattered about the exterior to spruce things up. There will be a Sport model offered with a more aggressive front end design and 20-inch rolling stock. The Sport package also adds black gloss finishing to the lowest part of the rear bumper to make it look “even more athletic.”

2015 Infiniti Q70 - Exterior Dimensions

Exterior dimensions (inches) Q70 Q70L
Wheelbase114.2120.1
Overall length194.7202.0
Overall width72.672.6
Overall height59.1 (RWD)
59.6 (AWD)
59.1 (RWD)
59.6 (AWD)
Front track width62.062.0
Rear track width61.8 (RWD)
61.6 (AWD)
61.8 (RWD)

Interior

Infiniti Q70

The 5.9-inch stretch of the Q70L allows for class-leading legroom, and the doors have been designed to maximize the ease of entry and exit.

The interior of the new Q70 is where a lot of the action is happening. The same traditional driver-focused cockpit, and miles of leather and fancy stitching are still present. Infiniti Infiniti has really hit its stride with regards to interior design and build quality, but 2015 brings a lot of new features. Most of these features arrive thanks to that long wheelbase model, and the types of features those buyers demand.

The 5.9-inch stretch of the Q70L allows for class-leading legroom, and the doors have been designed to maximize the ease of entry and exit. For those owners who would prefer not to shut their own doors, a rear door auto-close is being offered for the first time. Other rear seat amenities include heated seats, 12v power outlets and personal reading lights.

To improve overall comfort and refinement, the NVH levels have been lowered thanks to additional insulation, better sealing in the cabin and even a stiffer wheel design.

To improve overall comfort and refinement, the NVH levels have been lowered thanks to additional insulation, better sealing in the cabin and even a stiffer wheel design. The result is class-leading levels of quietness and isolation. To tilt the tables farther in favor of the Q70, an Active Noise Canceling feature is employed to help reduce white noise. For the ultimate in aural entertainment, the Q70 is being offered with a Bose Studio Surround stereo system with a whopping 16-speakers.

2015 Infiniti Q70 - Interior Dimensions

Interior dimensions (inches) Q70 Q70 Q70L Q70L
Front Rear Front Rear
Head room39.137.739.137.7
Shoulder room58.456.758.455.2
Hip room54.353.554.353.5
Leg room44.436.244.441.8
Knee room27.726.627.732.5

Drivetrain

Infiniti Q70

Sadly, while there have been some great strides in interior advancements, there is little to speak of in regards to performance improvements. The exact same 3.7-liter, VQ series V-6 engine and 5.6-liter, V-8 return for propulsion duties. For the 3.7, that means 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Standard V8 powered Q70s are good for 420 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of twist. The long-wheelbase version sees power drop slightly to 416 horsepower and 414 torque.

The hybrid drivetrain will also be making a return with 302 horses and 258 pound-feet of twist.

Regardless of your engine choice, the Q70 will come mated exclusively to Infiniti’s seven-speed automatic gearbox. AWD will be available as well.

3.7 Q70 5.6 Q70 3.5 Hybrid Q70 3.7 Q70L 5.6 Q70L
TypeVQ37VHR DOHC 24- valveVK56VD DOHC 32-valveVQ35HR DOHC 24-valve (gasoline engine) Advanced electric motorVQ37VHR DOHC 24-valveVK56VD DOHC 32- valve
CylindersV6V8V6V6V8
Displacement3.7 liters5.6 liters3.5 liters3.7 liters5.6 liters
Horsepower (hp)330 @ 7,000 rpm420 @ 6,000 rpm302 @ 6,800 rpm (engine)
67 @ 1,770 rpm (motor)
330 @ 7,000 rpm416 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque (lb/ft)270 @ 5,200 rpm417 @ 4,400 rpm258 @ 5,000 rpm (engine)
214 @ 1,770 rpm (motor)
270 @ 5,200 rpm414 @ 4,400 rpm

Competitors

BMW 5 Series

BMW 5-Series

When looking for a larger luxury sedan like the Q70, you really are spoiled for choice. Cadillac will happily sell you a CTS, and the Germans have multiple machines each that fill the bill. The BMW BMW 5 Series, for example, is attractive and performs well. It is available with your choice of four-, six- or eight-cylinder engines as well as diesel and hybrid powertrains, and you can even order it in a pseudo wagon body style. AWD and RWD are also the on tap, just like the Infiniti.

The Infiniti does take the honors in visual excitement compared between the two of them though. BMW does have the power of name and brand heritage on its side, however. There are more than a few people who will pay to drive anything with a Roundel on the hood. Building this level of brand recognition and loyalty will be the hardest challenge Infiniti will face in European markets.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but it is very likely that the Infiniti will be a better value than any of the Germans.

Jaguar XF

Jaguar XF

The biggest direct competitor for the new 2015 Q70 is likely Jaguar. They are both relatively small fish in a big pond that are fighting over the same leftover customers from BMW, Mercedes Mercedes and Audi. Yes, Infiniti sales handily trumped Jaguar Jaguar by a factor of five, but together the two car companies still couldn’t beat the smallest of the three Germans, Audi.

The big difference here comes in name and design. Jaguar has decades of brand cache and legacy to call upon, and the new 2014 XF sedan is easily the best looking car in the class by miles.

Despite its look advantages, the Jaguar only offers its AWD system with a V6 engine, and there is no high-efficiency hybrid model on offer. It does have the most powerful V8 among the current group of choices. Jaguar also makes use of an XF sourced 8-speed auto that can outdo Infiniti’s offerings in both speed and smoothness.

Will it be style and brand recognition that win out, or will the new long wheelbase space and revised interior features of the Q70 drag it through the ranks of the luxury market to the top?

Conclusion

Infiniti Q70

Infiniti is slowly revamping its entire lineup, and the Q70 is merely the latest in this long drive forward to market domination. There is not exactly a lot to get excited about here, but Infiniti is making very important changes and refinements that will push them forward in key markets like China and Europe. The old car was anything but bad, so since it isn’t really broken, I am glad to see that Infiniti isn’t trying to fix it.

LOVE IT
  • Powerful V8 engine options
  • New long wheelbase version
  • Makes great strides in interior quality and refinement
LEAVE IT
  • Not a very big visual change
  • Drivetrain choices are ancient

Press Release

The New Infiniti Q70: Sleeker, Longer, Smarter

• The Q70’s new looks underscore the prestige the performance sedan

offers

• Long wheelbase version introduced to provide even more spaciousness

and flexibility; an additional 5.9 inches over the standard variant

• Intelligent technologies that make driving safer and more intuitive

Infiniti Q70

New York / Hong Kong – With a fresh new exterior and available long wheelbase
version, the new 2015 Infiniti Q70 targets a new vehicle class by fusing the
emotion-packed character of a performance vehicle with the comfort and
exclusiveness of an extended sedan.
Its evocative design, class-leading rear space, invigorating performance,
innovative technology and superior craftsmanship combine to make the new Q70
a strong offering in this category.

Brimming with personality, the Q70 has always been boldly original, standing
out from competitors by providing true-blue sport performance with genuine
prestige and user-friendly technologies. It has consistently delighted both the
enthusiast driver and connoisseur of fine things with Infiniti’s renowned
engaging performance that never compromises on ride comfort.

Infiniti is now extending its Q70 family with the introduction of a long wheelbase
variant, as well as the regular version, to the US and other markets. The
additional 5.9 inches in the wheelbase not only increases the knee and leg space
in the back but also greatly augments the athletic presence of the sedan.
With its compelling design and premium interior ambience, the long wheelbase
Q70 broadens Infiniti’s offerings for those who desire enhanced spaciousness
and versatility, appealing to the sporty sedan fan who also requires executive
levels of interior room.

Infiniti Q70

“We know our customers desire more choice and prestige. The long wheelbase
Q70 is our offer to them,” said Vincent Gillet, Vice President, Marketing, Infiniti
Motor Company Limited. “The Q70 delivers on all accounts – attention to detail,
highly crafted materials, class-leading rear roominess, comfortable ride, and
superior levels of interior quietness.”
Seductive lines, dynamic curves

The refined elegance of the Q70 takes on a new dramatic design which gives the
premium sedan an even more upscale image. Its flowing, emotional lines evoke
a premium sleekness.

At first glance, the new headlights impress immediately. Infiniti’s signature LED
headlights imply inner intelligence and human insight, leaving an unforgettable
impression. The distinctive headlights accentuate the new double arch grille,
which now takes on a more three-dimensional look due to the elaborate detail of
the high-quality waved mesh finish and chrome surround. The same solid feel is
echoed in the new front bumper with integrated fog lights, giving the Q70 a
dignified presence on road.

From the front, a strong body line rises from the grille, flowing through the
bodyside like a wave and blending into the shape of the new rear LED
combination lights, forming a compelling profile that highlights the Q70’s sporty
stance.

Infiniti Q70

At the rear, the new design of the tail lights creates a horizontal flow in motion
while the high-quality lighting signature evokes a fresh and classy image. The
top line of the trunk lid has been flattened while the rear bumper has been
slimmed down to create a longer and lower visual impression, further
emphasizing the premium sedan’s sporty and powerful styling. The chrome rear
finisher adds a touch of class to the entire rear view.

The Sport version features a specially designed front bumper that gives an even
lower and wider stance, and 20-inch wheels and tires, while the lower part of the
rear bumper is finished in high-gloss black paint to make it look even more
athletic.

The design of the new Q70 continues to offer enhanced airflow over the body,
resulting in zero front and rear lift as well as a low coefficient of drag of just
0.26 for the hybrid, 0.27 for the standard version and 0.28 for the Sport model.
Premium quality, detailed craftsmanship

Reflecting the sensuous lines of the exterior, the new Infiniti Q70 continues to
serve up a well-appointed and inviting interior with high-quality materials such
as handcrafted wood accents and custom leather appointments, meticulous
craftsmanship and attention to detail, as well as user-centered technologies.

Infiniti has always paid special attention to the driver and, in the new Q70, the
interior is designed to “fit like a glove”, so that the carefully tailored and crafted
cockpit becomes an extension of the driver. Important controls and switches are
so intuitively located that the driver does not have to change driving posture to
access them.

The instrument panel consists of Fine Vision gauges and a 7-inch full color
vehicle information display, while the driver and front passenger’s seats are
leather, heated, and feature 10-way power adjustment, including 2-way lumbar
support.

While the Q70 is known to have a roomy interior, the additional 5.9 inches in the
long wheelbase version takes the extended sedan’s rear roominess beyond what
competitors offer. Rear knee room is at a best-in-class 32.4 inches, so rear seat
passengers can comfortably cross their legs. The rear ingress and egress are
also top in segment, which makes traveling in the back of a premium sedan a
more enjoyable experience for taller passengers.

On top of offering rear door auto closure, the long wheelbase version of the new
Q70 also provides additional features for rear passengers such as heated seats,
reading lights, and a 12V power outlet.

Infiniti Q70

The new Q70 is now quieter than before, even at high speeds. Infiniti engineers
have added noise insulation materials, increased the sealing, and stiffened the
wheels, resulting in a reduction of road noise on urban roads. The isolation feel
at highway speeds on the long wheelbase version is a class-leading 77%, further
cementing the Q70’s lead ahead of competitors.

Contributing to the cultivated in-car atmosphere, the Active Noise Control
feature monitors cabin noise levels and generates “canceling” sound from four
door speakers to reduce noise, so it’s easier to hold conversations in the car or
to better enjoy the music. Premium audio systems include the Bose® Studio
Surround® sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and 16 speakers, two
of which are mounted in the shoulders of each front seat.

Other features include Enhanced Intelligent Key, which remembers last used
audio, navigation and climate control settings for each key, Bluetooth® Hands-
free Phone System, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and available
next-generation Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with 8-inch WVGA color
touch-screen display. Building on Infiniti’s focus to make owners’ lives easier,
the Q70 comes with Infiniti Connection™ telematics services, which include the
Infiniti Personal Assistant™, a 24/7 personal concierge service.

Intelligent performance, composed comfort

Staying true to its roots of sporty precision, the new Q70 is the result of
methodical calibration by Infiniti engineers who have utilized smart technologies
to achieve the exact balance of ride comfort and handling, performance and fuel
economy.

A range of powerful and highly efficient powertrains is available, starting with
the 3.7-liter V6 and 5.6-liter V8 petrol engines, both of which are equipped with
Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL®) that combines hydraulic-controlled variable
valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake side to
help improve performance and response.

Infiniti Q70

The refined 3.7-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC 24-valve V6 is rated at 330 hp @
7,000 rpm and 366 Nm (270 lb/ft) of torque @ 5,200 rpm, while the powerful
5.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) aluminum-alloy DOHC 32-valve V8 is
rated at 420 hp and 565 Nm (417 lb/ft) of torque for the standard model and
416 hp and 561 Nm (414 lb/ft) of torque for the long wheelbase version.

Also available is an award-winning hybrid powertrain featuring the Infiniti Direct
Response Hybrid® system with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control.
It combines a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 and compact
laminated lithium-ion battery design with an innovative one-motor/two-clutch
motor control. The system’s V6 is rated at 302 hp @ 6,800 rpm and 350 Nm
(258 lb/ft) of torque @ 5,000 rpm, while the advanced 50 kW electric motor is
rated at 67 hp and 290 Nm (214 lb/ft) of torque. Infiniti’s approach to petrol-
electric hybrids is to use the electric motor to boost performance and power,
much like how a traditional supercharger would function. This gives the Q70 an
immediate surge of torque in the low revs before the 3.5-liter V6 kicks in to push
the overall power output to 360 hp.

This hybrid powertrain propelled the then Infiniti M® Hybrid into the Guinness
World of Records® as the world’s fastest accelerating full-hybrid car in
September 2011, and went on to be the only hybrid named to the prestigious
“Ward’s 10 Best Engines” list in 2012. Billed as a “driver’s hybrid”, the
powertrain delivers speeds that appeal to the sporty driver, and clean power
that pleases everyone.

All the engines are matched to an advanced 7-speed automatic transmission,
which allows for sportier shifts during spirited driving. Solid magnesium paddle
shifters are also available. Customers can choose between rear-wheel drive or
Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, which uses an advanced torque split
control strategy that automatically redistributes torque to the wheels according
to road and driving conditions, ensuring sure-footed road holding at all times
In line with the focus on the driver, the new Q70 features technologies that
enable individuals to customize the driving feel. The unique Infiniti Drive Mode
Selector allows drivers to select from four driving modes – Standard, Eco, Sport
or Snow – and the integrated control system will adjust throttle sensitivity and
transmission mapping to help optimize performance. To encourage eco-driving
behavior, the available Eco Pedal provides feedback directly through the
accelerator by giving a slight pushback if driving inefficiently.

Infiniti Q70

The new Q70 utilizes the advanced Front Mid-ship (FM) platform, which positions
the engine behind the front axle, resulting in an optimized front-to-rear weight
balance. Laser welding is carried out at critical locations to help enhance lateral
bending stiffness, torsional stiffness and suspension mounting point stiffness.
Precise handling is provided by an independent double-wishbone design at the
front and multi-link independent suspension in the rear, along with front and
rear stabilizer bars. The rear suspension geometry has been designed to provide
a quiet, comfortable ride. The available double-piston shock absorbers control
damping force according to the frequency of input from the road surface for a
smoother ride. To increase ride comfort on the new Q70, Infiniti engineers have
further tweaked the shock absorbers to respond with greater precision to
inconsistences in the road surface so as to minimize uncomfortable “shaking and
bobbing” as well as reduce the vibrations when driving on uneven roads.

The steering system on the new Q70 is an electronically controlled speed-
sensitive variable-assist power rack-and-pinion design. Helping the driver to
maintain control of the vehicle at all times is Infiniti’s advanced Vehicle Dynamic
Control with Traction Control System. The available Active Trace Control feature
also adjusts engine torque and braking at each wheel to help enhance cornering
performance.

Advanced safety, trusted security

Infiniti places maximum value on integral safety, going above and beyond the
measures assessed by safety institutions. A core element of that strategy is the
Infiniti Safety Shield®, a comprehensive approach to safety that offers layered
technologies to help provide safety and convenience by monitoring conditions,
helping drivers avoid a collision, and helping protect vehicle occupants if one
occurs.

Infiniti Q70

Infiniti adds four innovative technologies to the Q70’s long list of safety and 0
security systems, which are available depending on the series.
The new Predictive Forward Collision Warning system, which debuted on the Q50
and warns the drivers of risks that lie beyond the driver’s field of view, can
sense not only the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but
also of a vehicle traveling in front of the preceding one.

Another advanced technology is the Around View® Monitor system, which takes
the hassle out of parallel parking. The feature shows a bird’s-eye view of the
vehicle in relation to parking lines, using four vehicle-mounted cameras that
create a 360-degree view of what surrounds the vehicle and displaying it via the
in-dash screen. The system includes Moving Object Detection which alerts the
driver to moving objects around the vehicle when pulling out of a parking space
or backing up.

Adding another layer of safety, the Backup Collision Intervention®
pioneering technology which intelligently senses what the driver may miss when
backing up, and can apply the brakes momentarily to help avoid a collision with
vehicles and objects crossing its path.

Forward Emergency Braking detects danger of collision with a vehicle ahead and
warns the driver with visual and audible warnings. If the driver fails to
decelerate, the system will apply an emergency brake and decelerate to either
help avoid a collision or mitigate the damage if the collision could not be
avoided.

Other safety and driver assist systems continue to give the driver and
passengers peace of mind. Both the Lane Departure Warning and Lane
Departure Prevention (LDP) systems help keep the Q70 from unintentionally
drifting into an adjacent lane in case the driver is distracted. Using a small
camera behind the windshield to detect lane markers ahead, the technologies
calculate the vehicle’s position relative to those lane markers and warn the
driver of a potential unintended lane departure with visual and audible cues. If
the driver does not steer the vehicle back toward the center of the lane, the LDP
system assists the driver with a gentle application of brakes.

The driver will also have greater confidence when changing lanes with two
technologies that target the blind spots. Blind Spot Warning helps alert the
driver to vehicles detected in the blind spot area, while Blind Spot Intervention®
actively intervenes by selectively braking if the driver ignores both visual and
audible warnings and attempts to steer into the path of the vehicle in the blind
spot.

Infiniti Q70

Other safety features such as Intelligent Cruise Control and Distance Control
Assist take the stress out of driving so the driver can arrive at his destination
relaxed.

“The new Q70 is a no-compromise premium sedan,” said Gillet. “It pushes every
boundary in performance and comfort, delivering a drive that’s exhilarating and
rewarding every time.”

ENDS




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