INFINITI’S refreshed Q70 large sedan has arrived in Australian showrooms with
unchanged pricing and minus a diesel variant, as the company seeks to lift
sales of the BMW 5 Series and Lexus GS rival.
The luxury arm of Japanese manufacturer Nissan has brought the sedan range into
line with its smaller Q50 sibling by way of a refreshed nose and tail, as well
as additional standard equipment, but it is hedging its bets on a diesel
In Europe, the Q70 sedan is available with the same 2.2-litre Mercedes-Benz
turbo-diesel drivetrain that accounts for almost a third of the Infiniti Q50's
Australian sales, but the brand has chosen to launch the facelifted model here
with the petrol V6 and the petrol-electric hybrid.
The outgoing Q70 was powered by the 175kW/550Nm 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, also
seen in the previous-generation Navara, but Infiniti corporate communications
general manager Peter Fadeyev said there were no plans for the powerplant to
continue in the line-up.
“The twin-turbo diesel V6 in a number of (Renault-Nissan) Alliance models
hasn't been earmarked for future development, so it's been dropped from the Q70
and correspondingly it will exit the QX70 range later this year,” he said.
The 125kW/400Nm 2.2-litre Benz-sourced turbo-diesel four-pot would require “a
strong business case” to get it on sale in Australia, according to Mr Fadeyev.
The 3.7-litre double overhead cam 24-valve petrol V6 has variable valve timing
and variable intake valve lift to produce 235kW at 7000 rpm and 360Nm of torque
Infiniti says it can dash from zero to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds and it has a
combined-cycle fuel consumption figure of 10.2 litres per 100km in the GT and
10.8 for the S Premium.
Pricing remains unchanged over the outgoing model, but Infiniti said the
improvement to specification levels is more than $5000 over the outgoing model.
The range kicks off from $68,900 plus on-road costs for the GT, which is likely
to make up about 30 per cent of Q70 sales.
The sharp entry variant slots in several thousand dollars below the Lexus GS
and over $10,000 cheaper than the Audi A6, Jaguar XF, BMW 5 Series and the
Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but the Japanese brand admitted the Genesis (absent from
its price comparison) was also a competitor at $60,000.
It sits on 18-inch wheels, new LED headlights, power-adjustable front seats,
front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, a new
touchscreen-controlled Bose 10-speaker sound system and satellite navigation.
The S Premium – expected to be 60 per cent of the sales – is priced from
$78,900 and is upgraded with sports suspension, seats, steering wheel and
brakes, paddle shifters, a 16-speaker Bose Premium surround sound system with
noise cancelling tech, the four-wheel active steering system controlling
20-inch alloys and adaptive capability for the headlights.
In terms of safety, the Q70 includes the Safety Shield, which comprises active
cruise control, lane-departure warning and prevention, blind-spot warning and
prevention and forward and reversing collision auto-braking safety systems, the
bulk of which is new to the model.
The top-spec GT Premium hybrid is priced from $82,900 – which could represent
10 per cent of sales – is also equipped with the Safety Shield and what
Infiniti calls Dynamic Cornering Enhancement, which is the system that brakes
individual wheels (in a similar manner to how the active lane-departure system
‘steers’ the car back into a lane) to reduce understeer or oversteer.
The petrol-electric hybrid consists of a 225kW/350Nm 3.5-litre DOHC 24-valve
petrol V6 and the Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid's electric system, which
employs a laminated lithium-ion battery and electric motor to add 50kW and
290Nm to the equation.
Performance wise, that gets the GT Premium hybrid to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds and
a claimed thirst of 6.9 litres per 100km.
The refreshed front end adopts the look of the Q50, with new LED headlights
either side of the ‘double arch’ family grille, above the new front bumper with
The rear has new LED lights, a lower-profile boot-lid and a slimmer rear
bumper; the S Premium has a deeper front bumper, 20-inch wheels and
Infiniti is also claiming a quieter cabin for the Q70 thanks to additional
noise insulation, improved sealing and stiffened wheels, which the brand said
results in reduced road noise.
The Australian Q70s – built in Tochigi, Japan –have 500 litres of boot space,
although it falls to 350 litres for the hybrid version.
Both engines employ rear-wheel drive using a Jatco seven-speed automatic
transmission with a manual mode (which the driver can control via magnesium
paddle shifters in the top-spec S Premium) as well as a four-mode selector to
sharpen up drivetrain performance as desired.
The independent double-wishbone front and multi-link independent rear
suspension are unaltered by the system but the damping on the S Premium has
been revised for ride comfort, the company said.