Last year, Infiniti initiated a brand overhaul by assigning the “Q” designation to its entire stable of vehicles. Now the brand is introducing several new model variations for its flagship vehicles, beginning with the debut of the 2015 Infiniti Q70L at the New York International Auto Show.
A long-wheelbase version of Infiniti’s largest four-door sedan, the Q70L extends the length of its base model by approximately 6 inches, adding most of the space to its rear passenger cabin. The new model is Infiniti’s very first long-wheelbase model and is an indication of the Japanese marque’s new direction. “We know our customers desire more choice and prestige,” says Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti Americas. “The long-wheelbase Q70 is our offer to them. The Q70 delivers on all accounts—attention to detail, highly crafted materials, rear roominess, comfortable ride, and superior levels of interior quietness.”
A recent test drive of the Q70L confirms many of Bartsch’s claims. Equipped with a 5.6-liter V-8 engine that generates 416 hp and 414 ft lbs of torque, Infiniti’s flagship sedan is as powerful as it is smooth. The cabin is quiet and refined, featuring a dial on its center console that allows for the selection of different driving modes: standard, sport, eco, and snow. The 2015 Q70L’s exterior design includes new LED headlamps that complement the car’s refreshed grille, bumper, and reshaped trunk.
The extended-wheelbase Q70L, along with the seven-passenger QX80 Limited SUV, is representative of Infiniti’s commitment to passenger comfort. Both the Q70L and QX80 Limited will arrive in showrooms later this year. (www.infinitiusa.com)