As well as the refreshed bumpers and lighting, the new Q70 receives new alloy wheel designs and an overhauled suspension to improve ride comfort. Steps have been taken to reduce in-cabin noise and vibrations, including improved sound-deadening behind exterior panels.
Infiniti ramped up its efforts to destabilise the established luxury marques by cutting prices on its range, including Q70, in 2014. Despite adding a host of equipment to the new model, Infiniti’s aggressive pricing remains unchanged; $68,900 for the GT, $78,900 for the S Premium and $82,900 for the top-end GT Premium hybrid model.
On top of the Q70’s existing safety systems, Infiniti has added its ‘Safety Shield’ technology package to the S Premium and GT Premium models. The Safety Shield package includes Blind Spot Intervention, Lane Departure Prevention, Emergency Braking, Predictive Collision Warning and Backup Collision Intervention.
Adding further to the S Premium and GT Premium’s ensemble of safety tech is a system called Around View Monitor which uses cameras and sensors placed around the car to detect moving objects and obstacles when parking.
While the entry-level Q70 GT doesn’t acquire the advanced safety systems mentioned above, it does get a Bose 10-speaker sound system upgrade and retains the Q70’s respectable standard safety tech.
Under the bonnet of the Q70 GT and S Premium variants is Nissan’s 3.7-litre petrol V6 motor producing 235kW and 360Nm. The GT Premium uses a slightly smaller 3.5-litre petrol V6 complimented by a 50kW electric motor for a total output of 268kW and 546Nm. A grid of batteries is housed in the boot of the GT Premium, charged by Infiniti's regenerative braking technology. A seven-speed automatic gearbox is fitted as standard to all Q70s.
The 3.0-litre diesel V6 previously available is no longer offered in the Q70 range.