What Is It?
2015 Infiniti Q70
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Infiniti Q70 (previously known as the Infiniti M sedan) gets a makeover and a new long-wheelbase model.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2015 Infiniti Q70 will arrive at dealerships in the fall.
How Much Does It Cost?
A formal announcement has not been made, but pricing is anticipated to be in the same ballpark as the 2014 Infiniti Q70, which starts at $50,405. Consumers can expect the new long-wheelbase version of the Q70 to carry a premium of several thousand dollars over the base model.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
• 3.7-liter DOHC V6: 330 horsepower, 270 pound-feet of torque
• 5.6-liter DOHC V8: 420 hp, 417 lb-ft (Q70)
• 5.6-liter DOHC V8: 416 hp, 414 lb-ft (Q70 L)
• 3.5-liter DOHC V6: 360 hp (total), 258 lb-ft torque (V6), 214 lb-ft torque (electric motor) (*Infiniti said it does not have a total number since the torque curve from the two motors is "basically on a sliding scale.")
• All engines are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
• Rear-wheel drive (standard), all-wheel drive (optional)
• The EPA has yet to release fuel economy numbers on the 2015 Infiniti Q70.
How Extensive Is the Makeover?
Infiniti did not go back to the drawing board and begin again with the Q70, but it did give the sedan a fresh new look and a much-needed stretched version of the car that enables it to compete against such upstarts as the Hyundai Equus. In fact, the Q70 and the Equus have nearly identical dimensions. The 2015 Q70 gets spruced up with new headlights and taillights, a new double-arch grille and a new front bumper with integrated foglights. The Sport version features a front bumper designed to give the sedan a lower and wider stance and also adds 20-inch wheels and tires.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Buyers with a passion for conserving fuel will love the optional "Eco Pedal" accelerator, which literally pushes back if the driver has a lead foot or, as the company puts it more delicately, is "driving inefficiently."
The long-wheelbase version of the Q70 would be an excellent choice for the chauffeur-driven owner. The stretched version can be outfitted with rear doors that close automatically, heated seats, reading lights and a 12-volt power outlet.
Tech features include Enhanced Intelligent Key, which remembers the last used audio, navigation and climate-control settings for each key.
What Kinds of New Safety Features Are Offered?
Infiniti adds four safety systems, which are optional depending on the model.
A new Predictive Forward Collision Warning System alerts drivers of the risks that lie beyond the driver's vision. It 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.
The Around View Monitor system helps with parallel parking. It features a bird's-eye view of the vehicle in relation to parking lines, using four cameras that create a 360-degree view of the vehicle and displaying the image on an in-dash screen.
The Back-up Collision Intervention system can apply the brakes momentarily to help avoid a crash with vehicles and objects crossing behind the car.
Forward Emergency Braking applies the brakes to help avoid a collision.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
BMW 535i Gran Turismo: Infiniti is hard at work coming up with a provocative range of models that can take on the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. While the 535i Gran Turismo is not a head-to-head competitor (it's a hatchback), Infiniti insiders love to note that the Q70 L is tied with the BMW 5 Series GT for best-in-class rear legroom.
Hyundai Equus: It may boil down to the value equation here. Think about this: The Hyundai Equus is more expensive than the Infiniti Q70, at least for the 2014 model year. The 2015 Infiniti Q70 L will be the direct competitor to the Equus and may even have a lower starting price. But consumers will have to wait until we get closer to the launch of the Infiniti Q70 in the fall before pricing is revealed. The spacious interior and the comprehensive list of features on the Equus make it a compelling value.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class: This German competitor is the definition of a luxury car with its elegant furnishings, exacting workmanship and huge range of engines or features. Like the BMW 5 Series, it's a no-brainer for many consumers shopping in this segment.
Should You Wait for It?
The Infiniti Q70 may have been an underdog, but all of that is about to change. The Nissan brand is flexing its muscle and adding just the right elements to lure consumers into showrooms. At the very least, test-drive the 2015 Q70 against the competition. You may be delightfully surprised.