2014 Infiniti Q70 Research Click to hide
For 2015, the Infiniti Q70 receives updated styling and an all-new long wheelbase version.
The Q70 features new LED headlights, a more dynamic grille, and a new taillight design. Inside, the model receives handcrafted wood accents and custom leather appointments. Infiniti also promises a quieter and smoother ride, thanks to added noise insulation as well as tweaked shock absorbers. The new long wheelbase version adds 5.9 inches, helping bring more knee and legroom for backseat passengers.
Three engine choices carry through from the previous version to the new 2015 Infiniti Q70. A 3.7-liter gas engine produces 330 horsepower, and a 3.5-liter hybrid version produces a total of 360 horsepower. A robust 5.6-liter V-8 engine bumps this up to 420 horsepower, or 416 horsepower on the long wheelbase model. All engines are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission, and buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Who It's For
Infiniti has always had trouble standing out from the pack. Honestly, we're not sure that the Q70 will change this tradition. However, we think this model will help Infiniti better compete with the BMW 750Li, Audi A8L, and other large long wheelbase sedans.
While we don't see this as a typical family car, we think executives will enjoy the spacious backseat and luxury appointments. Considering the engines are the same from last year, the new Q70 will not impress in the fuel economy department. Those who want plenty of room with a little more practicality may want to choose a luxury crossover.
Here are some advanced features on the new Q70.
- Heated front seats with 10-way power, two-way lumbar support
- Next-generation navigation with 8-inch color touchscreen
- Infiniti Connection telematics, with Infiniti Personal Assistant and 24/7 personal concierge
- Long wheelbase version: heated rear seats, reading lights, and 12V power outlet
What We Think
Few people are going after large cars these days, but that doesn't necessarily make these vehicles any less appealing. Those who prioritize comfort, space, and luxury above all else will enjoy this vehicle. Its transformation from docile to fashionable will also likely help the car gain more favor than the previous version. Adding a long wheelbase version may help attract a few more buyers, but we think this model will be largely limited to executives and other business types.
Back to Auto Show Coverage: New York 2014