Nowadays, you can find plenty of luxury crossover SUVs in the market but the new 2018 Infiniti QX70 has a charm of its own! After making debut in 2003, the QX70 has undergone a number of changes over the years. It was known as the FX earlier. The Nissan has revamped the 2018 model version to cope up with growing competition within the sector. Its luxury pedigree notwithstanding, the QX 70 is more performance focused than ever. The styling, however, is quite striking and helps it stand apart in the segment.
2018 Infiniti QX70 – Significant Changes:
The 2018 Infiniti QX70 has a curvy body contour and the front grille has been updated. The headlamps have also been changed to an extent and they are now LED-based. Step inside the cabin and you will be pleased by the styling and quality of materials used. True to its luxury lineage, the 2018 QX70 has a cabin made with top-notch quilted leather and wood and metal trims. There are plenty of wheel choices and you will feel better ride experience with 18-inch alloy wheels. You get some usable cabin storage options too. The front seats are really good and rear seats are just decent. The curvy design and sloping roof affect cargo space in the car.
Safety Features and Entertainment Options:
The buyers of 2018 Infiniti QX70 can expect plenty of safety features and entertainment options. There are plenty of packages to choose from. For example, the Premium Package adds navigation, Bluetooth, aluminum roof rails, surround-view camera and many other things. In Technology Package, you get features like lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, adaptive front lights and automatic emergency braking. You also have Sport and Limited packages. What you get as standard is a rearview camera.
In the base configuration, the 2018 Infiniti QX70 gets automatic HID headlamps, leather seats, power liftgate, Bose audio system with 11 speakers, proximity key along with automatic dual-zone climate control. Remember that you will need the Sport or Limited package to add the Technology package.
2018 Infiniti QX70 – Powertrain:
The 2018 Infiniti QX70 may not be equipped with a V8 engine but what it gets is no slouch either! The 3.7-liter V-6 engine churns out 325 HP. This is coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission unit. A sports mode is there and that actually works quite well. The rear-wheel drive is there as standard but you may opt for AWD. With both setups, the car offers good acceleration. The ride quality is good with base wheels and choppy with larger 21-inch wheels. It comes with highway rides well but this is not your regular off road crossover.
2018 Infiniti QX70 – Market Release and Price:
The exact release date of 2018 Infiniti QX70 is not known. However, the car is likely to be released sometime in mid or late 2017, as per industry buzz. The price of base version is $47.000. Of course, adding the packages may elevate the price tag near $60.000.
Summing it up:
There are a number of things in the 2018 Infiniti QX70 that you will like. The design is largely unchanged and that is actually good. Its cabin is also made with superior quality stuff and entertainment options are good enough. The ride experience is good as long as you stick to the base 18-inch wheels. Switch to the bigger wheels and potholes and bumps can be felt more prominently. Where the QX70 loses out to rivals is in cargo space and mileage. The engine is powerful but it is not what you call fuel efficient.
The sloping roof ensures rear seat passengers do not get enough leg and shoulder room. It has a sports mode that adds to the driving experience but does not think it as a full time off- road handler. The packages all come with useful safety or infotainment features but adding them adds to the base price significantly. Even then, the QX 70 remains a good alternative to rivals like BMW X5, Lexus RX 350, Lincoln MKX, and others in this segment.