The Infiniti Q70 was introduced in 2012 by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s luxury division called Infiniti. The mid-size luxury car is an update to the Infiniti M Series. The car is currently still in its first generation, but it has undergone many changes and faced manufacturing issues since its introduction. Many of the issues that the Infiniti brand faces revolve around its hybrid variants.
The Infiniti Q70 offers many safety features like the addition of 6 airbags, front-seat active head restraints, individual tire pressure monitors, and a rearview monitor. It has vehicular amenities like stability control, traction control, advanced brakes, Bluetooth capabilities, and an Infiniti Intelligent Key. Performance-wise, the Q70 boasts two engine options – the 3.7-liter, 330 horsepower V6 engine and a 5.6 liter, 420 horsepower V8 engine with direct gasoline injection. All models include a seven-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive are both options with the Q70.
Criticisms of the Q70
While the Infiniti Q70 looks sleek and has a beautiful interior, it leaves much to be desired under its hood. The engines are not the most powerful, and the steering can feel heavy. It does offer options like a list of driver-assistance technologies that can be added at an extra cost. Furthermore, the infotainment system is noticeably dated and not very user-friendly and there is very limited storage space for small items within the vehicle. With a price starting at $50,000 many people opt for better-designed cars that can usually be found at a more affordable price.
Recalled for Issues
The Infiniti Q70s history is tainted with recalls.
- Infiniti Q70 hybrids that were produced between November 2013 and December 2013 were recalled because of damaged housings. The housings were prone to breaking and could create road debris that could disable the vehicle and cause a crash.
- Q70 hybrids that were manufactured between November 2013 and May 2014 had to be recalled because of software errors that caused the electric motor to stop working while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
- The 2014 and 2015 Infiniti Q70s were recalled because of the increased chance of fuel leaks caused by fuel pressure sensors not being tightened well enough during production.
Troubles with Hybrids
Because most of the issues with the Q70 are with the hybrid versions, sales of the hybrid models fell significantly, resulting in the Q70 hybrid being completely dropped from the luxury sedan’s lineup after 2018. The regular model of the Infiniti Q70 is still available. However, those who are determined to purchase a hybrid car and want an Infiniti aren’t left in the dust. Infiniti plans to introduce a better version of the Q70 in for 2021 that will include a hybrid version.
2019 Changes to the Q70
The removal of the Q70 hybrid isn’t the only change hitting the car’s lineup in 2019; the Infiniti Q70 is also being equipped with more features, as well. Perhaps the most notable of the 2019 additions is that the extra Essential package from 2018 is becoming standard for all Q70s. This means that all models will feature amenities like a “navigation system, a Bose 10-speaker audio system, an exterior camera system with object detection, heated and leather-wrapped steering wheels, ventilated seats, and leather upholstery.”