released its refreshed Q70
(the car formerly known as "M") in New York
this morning. The luxury sedan is brings with it, quite literally, a big change: it's now the only vehicle in its segment to offer both long- and short-wheelbase options here in North America (other automakers do this in China). Currently, the two-wheelbase sedan strategy is exclusive to the ranks of fullsize players like the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, etc.
Infiniti has elongated the standard Q70's wheelbase from 114.2 inches to 120.1 inches, in doing so lengthening the car 7.3 inches overall. For the sake of comparison, a standard wheelbase Audi A8
runs 117.8 inches, so the Q70 is no slouch. The extension mostly benefits rear-seat occupants, who are treated to an extra 5.6 inches of legroom. We think the enlargement improves the car's aesthetic, as well.
In addition to the long-wheelbase option, there are a few other tweaks in store for 2015. New head and taillights are the biggest changes, with full LEDs in the back and LED accents in front. Aspects currently seen on the smaller Q50 are evident, as well, such as the "double-arch" grille that comes with mesh-finish inserts. The fascia also includes a new front bumper with integrated foglights. Interior changes seem to be fairly minimal, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The outgoing Q70 had a spacious (if dated), luxurious cabin with all kinds of high-quality materials.
Infiniti also added its Predictive Forward Collision Warning system to the Q70, which warns drivers of potential risks beyond their field of view, as well as its stellar AroundView Monitor system, which makes parking a breeze.
Mechanical changes are minimal. The base 3.7-litre V6 still pumps out 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, and the 5.6-litre V8 retains its 420 hp and 417 lb-ft. Both engines will be available on the long-wheelbase version (although the V8 will be slightly less powerful, producing only 416 hp and 414 lb-ft). A seven-speed automatic remains the only transmission across the board. The Q70 Hybrid, which employs a 302-hp, 3.5-litre V6, will not be available in long-wheelbase form.
For more info, check out Infiniti's rather extensive press release below