Are we spotting some trends here?
— Many hot new cars debuted at Pebble Beach this year
— White over black is the sexiest style of 2014 and 2015, by far
— Infiniti is keeping it fresh with new S packages for the Q60 coupe and QX70 crossovers
Trned-spotting this latest convergence of car brand marketing also offers a bit of insight into how quickly car brands can take an idea to market. Lexus with the Crafted Line of five models in white/black definitely shows a rapid-fire way to get sexy machines into showrooms ASAP, while even staid old Lincoln is offering a black-chrome wheel style on the new Navigator.
Infiniti’s upgrades for the new-for-2015 QX70S are really actually very thorough. What looks like gloss and sheen-rich black accents around the exterior is actually a mix of dark black pieces and black chrome elements. This creates a bit more shimmer on sunny days, and a bit more visual depth and premium execution versus a DIY rattle-can job.
The QX70S is rich in visual tweaks with this Sport Package that also brings standard adaptive headlights, cooled front seats and 21-inch alloy wheels. A close look at the dark grille shows the black-chrome elements in each horizontal bar’s leading edge, and is also visible on the vender vent. It looks great paired with the gloss-black mirrors and even the roof rack. Good stuff, but will Macan buyers be swayed by these tweaks?
That remains to be seen — but they surely help update the QX70 in the face of new competition for sporty SUV shoppers spending about $50,000.
2015 INFINITI QX70S
2015 Infiniti QX70
The Infiniti QX70, Infiniti’s iconic performance crossover, continues to embody all things Infiniti – premium design, craftsmanship, performance and innovative technology. For 2015, the QX70 is offered in two models – QX70 3.7 and QX70 3.7 AWD.
Also available are four special equipment packages: Premium Package, Deluxe Touring Package, Technology Package and a new Sport Package, which offers unique dark finish exterior accents, 21-inch dark finish aluminum-alloy wheels, Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) and climate-controlled front sport seats.
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP)* for the 2015 Infiniti QX70 are:
3.7-liter V6 / RWD
3.7-liter V6 / AWD
Destination and Handling $995 USD
New Sport Package added with unique dark finish exterior accents, 21-inch dark finish aluminum-alloy wheels, sport seats with contrast stitching, genuine magnesium paddle shifters
Offered in two models: QX70 and QX70 AWD
QX70 5.0 AWD no longer available
2015 Infiniti QX70 Offers Elevated Design Expression, Luxurious Versatility and Innovative Technologies
Infiniti’s Legendary Performance Crossover Features Available Moving Object Detection System, Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, Sports Interior
The Infiniti QX70, Infiniti’s iconic performance crossover, continues to prove that luxury doesn’t have to be dull – in look, interior indulgences or the driving experience. For 2015, the QX70 is offered in two models – QX70 and QX70 AWD with Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive – each featuring a 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 with VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) and a responsive 7-speed automatic transmission.
Also available are four special equipment packages: Premium Package, Deluxe Touring Package, Technology Package and the Sport Package, which offers unique dark finish exterior accents, 21-inch dark finish aluminum-alloy wheels and sport seats.
Aggressive, Pure Infiniti Style
The 2015 QX70 continues to stand out from cookie-cutter luxury crossovers with aggressive aerodynamic styling. The sleek body features a long hood, stretched wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs. The design’s distinctive side air vents, located behind the front wheels, allow air to flow through the engine compartment and out the side of the vehicle, reducing front-end lift. The bold front grille and fascia design are framed by signature High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights and standard fog lights.
The QX70’s aggressive silhouette is highlighted by a strong front-to-rear shoulder line, tight greenhouse, kicked-back roofline and integrated rear spoiler, while its large LED taillights extend beyond the body, helping create aerodynamic downforce. Large dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers cap the action-ready appearance.
The special QX70 Sport Package provides an added level of stealthy performance appearance with a dark finish front grille with dark finish upper and lower surrounds, and dark finish fog light surrounds, outside mirror housings, side air vents, lower side moldings, roof rails, and upper and lower trunk finishers
The Infiniti QX70 is offered in eight exterior colors: Graphite Shadow, Malbec Black, Umbria Twilight, Liquid Platinum, Black Obsidian, Midnight Mocha, Moonlight White and Iridium Blue.
Under the polished, assertive exterior is an equally advanced body structure, offering room for five adults and the capacity to hold four full-size golf bags. QX70 utilizes the rigid FM (for Front Midship) platform architecture, with a balanced front-to-rear weight distribution to help provide exceptional handling performance. Weight reduction and body strengthening efforts include the use of aluminum doors and hood.
The Infiniti QX70’s interior includes a command center-style cockpit designed to enhance the driving experience. The high-tech interior design includes an Infiniti signature double-wave instrument panel and Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges.
The standard leather-appointed front seats offer 10-way driver’s side (including power lumbar)/8-way passenger side power adjustments and are available with a heating and cooling function for maximum comfort in any season. Heated front seats are standard on all models. The available driver’s sport seat, offered with the Sport Package, adds power-adjustable side bolsters and a manual thigh extension, allowing the driver to tailor the fit for comfort and driving support.
The Sport Package also includes a dark color headliner and contrasting stitching for steering wheel, automatic transmission shifter boot, front and rear seats, front center console armrest, front and rear armrests and inside door pulls.
The Premium Package includes an automatic driving position system, which moves the steering wheel and outside mirrors adaptively into the correct position when the seat is adjusted – allowing the driver to change the seat position and keep the same mirror viewpoint and relationship between the steering column and driver’s shoulder position.
The interior’s array of comfort and convenience equipment ranges from a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob to dual front and rear cupholders, four 12-volt power outlets, power windows with front one-touch auto-up/down function, power door locks and available tonneau cover and aluminum pedal accents.
Hospitality features include the Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition and Sequential Welcome Lighting Illuminated Entry system that starts with turning on the outside mirror courtesy lights as the driver approaches the vehicle and continues to light key areas as driver and passengers settle into the interior. Three available interior colors are offered: Wheat, Graphite and Java.
Every 2015 Infiniti QX70 comes equipped with an advanced Bose® Premium Audio system, acoustically engineered to optimize sound within the interior. The system features 11-speakers, an AM/FM/CD player and USB connection port for iPod® Interface and other compatible devices.
Also standard are SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), diversity antenna and steering wheel-mounted remote audio controls.
The advanced Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System – available with the Premium Package – features NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather with Real-Time Weather Information (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, along with an Infiniti Voice Recognition system for navigation and audio systems.