Infiniti Elongates the Svelte and Refreshed Q70 Sedan
Nissan’s (NSANY.PK) luxury division, Infiniti, makes some damn fine luxury automobiles, but in the grand scheme of sales, the brand is often left out of the rat race between the Germans and even Cadillac and Lexus. Infiniti sold 12,494 units last month, less than half that of BMW or Mercedes, and a couple of thousand units less than Audi. Nonetheless, Infiniti makes some really competitive, comfortable, and worthy vehicles.
Take the newly introduced 2015 Q70 sedan. Introduced on Tuesday, the Q70 — derived from Infiniti’s lauded M sedan — takes on the same face and physique as the Q50, and it occupies a spot at the top of Infiniti’s (admittedly small) sedan family. Notably, the Q70 now comes in both long wheelbase and short wheelbase versions, depending on what suits the buyer.
The base car has been elongated by some 7.3 inches in total, the majority of which becomes a very real translation of 5.6 inches of additional legroom in the backseat. However, Infiniti did an exceptional job making sure the car doesn’t look awkwardly long from the outside; the new stature is complemented by the Q70′s looks, resulting in a natural, flowing shape that doesn’t look like the engineers just dropped an additional 7 inches into the middle.
“We know our customers desire more choice and prestige. The long wheelbase Q70 is our offer to them,” said Vincent Gillet, vice president of marketing for Infiniti, in a statement. “The Q70 delivers on all accounts — attention to detail, highly crafted materials, class-leading rear roominess, comfortable ride, and superior levels of interior quietness.”