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Mike Stevens | Apr, 16 2014 | 5 Comments

2015 INFINITI Q70 REVEALED

Infiniti has rolled out an update to its large Q70 sedan this week, including revised styling, new safety features and, overseas, the option of a longer wheelbase.

Known previously as the Infiniti M, the Q70 sedan has been brought in line with its smaller Q50 stablemate, picking up a bold ‘double arch’ grille, re-shaped headlights and a new front bumper.

The sedan’s profile remains unchanged, but the rear end gets longer tail-lights with a smoked and LED-lit design.

The redesigned rear lights are connected through a broader chrome garnish, sitting below a squared-off new look to the Q70’s soft boot lip.

Interior tweaks are less obvious, although Infiniti says it has improved sound insulation and sealing, while adding stiffer wheels for reduced road noise.

Active Noise Control is also featured, developed to keep exterior ‘hum’ effects from the cabin.

Depending on the market and model, the Q70’s features also include handcrafted wood highlights and leather trim, along with a seven-inch driver information display.

There’s also ten-way power adjusted and heated front seats, along with Enhanced Intelligent Key, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic temperature control, Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System and Infiniti Connection telematics.

A long-wheelbase version is also offered in overseas markets, stretching the wheelbase from 2900 to 3048mm. Rear legroom in that configuration grows by a noteable 142mm.

Engine options remain unchanged, and in Australia that means the 235kW Q70 3.7 petrol, along with the 175kW Q70 3.0d and the 268kW Q70 Hybrid.

 

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The Q70 first hit Australia in late 2012 as the Infiniti M.

Speaking with TMR today, Infiniti Australia's Chris Jordan said that this updated Q70 range will hit Australia in 2015, either late in the second quarter or early in the third.

The longer Q70L is not scheduled for an Australian launch.

The M/Q70 has been a slow mover for Infiniti in Australia, with year-to-date sales for 2014 limited to just four - compared to nine in 2013.

By comparison, segment leader the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has notched up 394 sales year-to-date, while fellow Japanese marque Lexus has sold 68 GS sedans.

The all-new Q50 has fared better, finding 52 sales year-to-date since its February launch.

That too is dwarfed by Mercedes however, with its soon to be replaced C-Class marking 1334 sales to the end of March.

The Q50’s fortunes may change later this year however, with the new Q50 2.0t model expected to debut in the fourth quarter.

Above: the new Q50 2.0t will arrive in late 2014.
Above: the new Q50 2.0t will arrive in late 2014.

 
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