The new 2018 Infiniti Q70 falls short of our expectations and doesn’t come with the standard set by other leading midsize luxury sedans in the segment. Some of the defining features for the fresh Q70 include strong crash-test scores, plenty of high-tech safety features, and an admirable fuel economy. Its release date should be expected sometime during the 4th Q of 2018.
Apart from a few changes, the new Infiniti Q70 returns unchanged.
Despite previous efforts of changing its nameplate, the model appears to be showing some greying areas. Some of the ageing features are well pronounced from the feature content and refinement which have fallen from the previous grace. However, it still offers a long-wheelbase variant which, at least, sets it apart from the crowded segment.
The long-wheelbase version which is commonly referred to as the Q70l adds up to 5.9” of additional rear legroom. With such an impressive legroom, it might prove to be a cost effective alternative to large sedans like the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Surprisingly, though, the vehicle lacks the extra seat accoutrements that are mostly needed to make it compete effectively with the luxury-themed Mercedes S-Class sedan. Things are a bit lively under the hood of the Q70, as the vehicle comes with a 3.7L V6 engine rated at an impressive 330 hp. Wait! Although the engine suggests an impressive output, the vehicle doesn’t ride and feel energetic.
Fortunately, for those bored with the long list of disappointing Q70 features there is, hopefully, an alternative galore. Some of them include the 2018 BMW 5 Series, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, 2018 Cadillac CT6, and the 2018 Jaguar XF.
Available Trims – Infiniti Q70
The five-passenger 2018 Infiniti Q70 is available in just two trims: a 3.7 (V6) and a 5.6 (V8) engine. Both of which are further available in long-wheelbase Q70l form. You can find the Q70 Hybrid in a separate review.
Exterior Redesign & Interior Review – 2018 Infiniti Q70
Standard accessories available for the 3.7 and Hybrid trims include power folding mirrors, a sunroof, LED headlights and foglights, 18” wheels, cruise control, automatic climate control (dual-zone), a soft-close trunk lid, auto-dimming mirrors, leatherette upholstery, a power telescopic and tilt steering wheel, a gearshift knob, an eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats, a rearview camera, wood interior trim, driver memory settings, Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, a USB port, a six-speaker sound system, and a 7” infotainment system.
The Hybrid further adds heated rear seats, rear reading lamps, a rear 12-V power outlet, and a soft-close rear doors.
Opting for the 5.6 gets you rear parking sensors, a navigation system, voice controls, an 8” display, Bluetooth streaming, an upgraded 10-speaker Bose audio system, a surround-view parking camera system, Infiniti Connection telematics, cooled front seats, and leather upholstery.
The Deluxe Touring package gets you added seat bolstering, a 16-speaker Bose premium sound system, upgraded gauge, upgraded leather upholstery, power rear sunshade, adaptive headlights, silver powdered wood trim, a power rear sunshade, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning system, lane-change assist, a collision warning system, and a blind-spot monitoring system.
The Performance Tire and Wheel package offers upgraded brakes, all-season performance tires, and 20” wheels. Tacking on a sport-tuned suspension, 20” wheels, unique front exterior styling, a leather stitched gauge pod, aluminum pedals, sport seats, paddle shifters, and upgraded brakes is the Sport package.
The Premium Select Edition package offers different 20” wheels, dark chrome exterior trim, a rear spoiler, illuminated door sills, aluminum interior trim, simulated-suede headliner, upgraded brakes, all-season performance tires, premium leather upholstery, and a dark rear bumper finisher.
Engine Specs – 2018 Infiniti Q70
Employing a 3.7L V6 rated at 330 horsepower and 270 lbs. of torque is the base 2018 Infiniti Q70.
Every trim comes fitted with a seven-speed auto transmission system, as is the standard front-wheel-drive. Non-hybrid models have the option of getting the all-wheel-drive system.
During our won test drive, the 2018 Infiniti Q70 3.7 was able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. According to Infiniti, the Q70 returns fuel economy ratings of 18/26/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
The 5.6 trim comes fitted with a 5.6L V8 engine good for 417 pounds of torque and 420 horsepower. The RWD Q70 returns 16/24/19 mpg, and 16/23/18 mpg for the all-wheel-drive.
Price & 2018 Infiniti Q70l release date
The fresh 2018 Infiniti Q70 sedan goes for sale for an MSRP starting from $49,850. We should expect the vehicle sometime during the 4th Q of 2018.