Infiniti Q70: Looking at new horizons
Infiniti Middle East unveils the new 2016 Q70 sedan, a rugged-looking yet elegant creation that may be just the tip of the iceberg for an accelerated production expansion at the luxury vehicle division of Nissan.
“The Q70 is fully newly designed, we’ve changed the front of the car with the new grill, we now have LED lights, we’ve also redesigned the tail lights of the car, so now it has a much lower and wider stance than its predecessor,” says Juergen Schmitz, managing director, Infiniti Middle East. “A major development in the car is in its technologies, especially safety technologies. There are two segment firsts, one of these is the Predictive Forward Collision Warning and the other is Around View Monitor.”
The Predictive Forward Collision Warning anticipates the speed and distance of two vehicles ahead of it, to ensure that, in the case of an emergency, the vehicle comes to safe stop, without colliding with cars in front of it.
Meanwhile, the other first, Around View Monitor system, provides a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle, in relation to the parking line and other moving objects, through its Moving Object Detection and Backup Collision Intervention.
Other safety features such as Intelligent Cruise Control and Distance Control Assist take the stress out of driving, so that the driver can arrive at his/her destination relaxed.
“The new Q70 further raises the bar in the segment with a host of new improvements that is sure to offer a drive, both exhilarating and rewarding every time,” says Schmitz. “You will find a lot of good cars in the market, especially here. But I think the Infiniti is a little bit different…we have many customers who were very happy with other premium cars for many years, but at one point in time, they decided to get something new and this is the type of approach we are looking for.”
The new sedan was launched with the Excellence and Luxury grades and an added alternative: the Sport grade, which is available in the Sport body design.
In the sport design, the car features a front bumper that gives off a lower and wider stance. The trapezoidal bumper intake and apron shape are inspired by racecar splitters, which give the car a bold touch.
Additionally, the car’s black-painted turn and fog finishes, as well as its rear bumper – finished in high-gloss black paint – further reinforce its sporty appearance.
According to Schmitz, the car’s flowing lines and sleek curves, its signature LED headlights and other interior and exterior design elements leave an upscale image of the Infiniti Q70.
The design elements that Schmitz is talking about include the sedan’s new double-arch grille, which now has a more three-dimensional look, thanks to the wavy mesh finish and chrome edges, accentuating its elaborate details.
Meanwhile, at the rear of the car, a new design of the taillights results in a horizontal motion flow and a flattened top line of the trunk lid, along with a bumper that has been slimmed down all combining to create a longer, lower and classier signature image and impression, highlighting the luxurious and sporty styling of the car.
The interior of the Infiniti Q70 is as glamorous as its exterior. It uses high-quality materials, such as handcrafted wood accents and custom leather, with meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail.
The instrument panel of the Q70 consists of Fine Vision gauges and a seven-inch full-colour vehicle information display. The front seats feature ten grades of power adjustment, including a two-way lumbar support.
The performance of the car is not to be underestimated either, as it is equipped with a 3.7-litre V6 engine and is also available in a 5.6-litre V8 engine. The engines are matched to an advanced seven-speed automatic transmission, allowing for a sportier shift while driving.