2014 Infiniti Q70 review

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2014 Infiniti Q70

Infiniti designer Shiro Nakamura introduced us to the automaker’s latest sedan, the 2011 M, last at the Pebble Beach Concours Well, sort of. We were a virtual mock-up of the sedan and we had to until just recently to sample the real thing.

And we impressed? Let’s take a

The stork cometh

In November of we had a chance to see a full-blown steel of the M as it was revealed during the Los Angeles Auto Show, but it took the automaker’s official media for us to get some time behind the Rarely are we given a chance to a car from early concept to model. But this was one of those

In a sense we felt like of a pair of expectant parents. see what the stork has brought.

from design themes seen on the svelte Infiniti concept car, this new M is years away from the slab-sided hot rod we saw back in 2003. The rear drive, long short deck appearance is by the lower, wider, more stance. The inside volume is larger than before, and the added mass built the M, the overall vehicle weight is the same as before.

High-end craftsmanship

The one thing struck us about the new M is the many of skill its interior exhibited. the fluid shapes of the steel to the detail in the dashboard and center to the leather in the cabin, the quality of and detail were impeccable on the early production models we

In fact, small details the interior door panels their fluid shapes, applications and hand-buffed silver finish are works of art unto The attractive white ash wood is color treated, buffed and rubbed crosswise over the with a silver powder before being clearcoated for installation — this of craftsmanship is normally reserved for costing two, three or times what an M will for.

The look and feel you feel like you’ve something genuinely special you sit behind the wheel.

Rolling in silence

The M’s NVH have equipped this so that it’s a set of noise headphones on wheels. Using to analyze low-frequency engine the M’s Active Noise (ANC) generates sound that counteract any distracting noises. It truly shines equipped with the Bose 5.1 sound 16-speaker audio which debunks any complaint had with a previous Bose-branded

Another innovation in interior is the use of Infiniti’s new Forest Air system, uses a Plasmacluster air purifier and — yes, grape polyphenol filter to reduce and odors. Add in an advanced auto keep bad smells out and we found it did a job during our brief time the wheel.

Yet we had our complaints: The HVAC’s mode was either interesting or take your pick. subtle airflow variations a forest breeze, it sounded at like an A/C unit that was on and off every few minutes. Perhaps if it had an track of the sound of rustling but that didn’t work so for Sharper Image, did it?

The navigation system was equipped an 8-inch monitor, and includes XM XM NavWeather, a Zagat Restaurant and streaming audio via Bluetooth. in addition to XM Satellite Radio and the 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive. The M as well as any luxury car should but we wanted to know if it had the soul of the G37 sedan.

Inspired performance

The new M is in four flavors, each according to engine displacement and the of drive wheels. The line with the M37, which Infiniti’s ubiquitous 3.7-liter V6 engine producing 330 horsepower and 270 .of torque. Available with or all-wheel-drive (making the M37x), it has EPA mpg of 18 city/26 highway for rear while the AWD package comes in at

The second available engine/drivetrain is the 5.6-liter VVEL Direct V8, which is a brute at 420-horsepower and 417 of torque. Mated to the rear-drive the EPA expects mileage ratings at 16 highway. The AWD M56x punches in at

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Both engines are equipped a standard seven-speed, rev-matching transmission with adaptive control and available magnesium shifters. A control dial on the console allows the driver to drive parameters from to ECO, Sport and Snow Of these four, the most is the ECO which actually pushes the back against your to let you know you’re getting a too heavy with the go-pedal. a fun killer for sure, but it might sense for some drivers penny pinching times.

At the least, it might lure in a Prius driver or two.

On the the more sporting side of the is the hidden Active Trace feature, which enhances into corners and then acceleration on the way out. In an effort to steering response, it applies (reduced) braking to load up the end on turn-in for quicker acceleration out of the

During our preview drive, we found ourselves enjoying the of the V6 more than the sheer we found in the 5.6-liter V8. With the higher tip-in, it was constantly you of the power underfoot.

Tightly sprung

The M’s independent suspension was probably taut than any luxury we have seen from Able to convey us tightly the turns on Otay Lakes (Otay, Buckwheat!), it transmitted road feel to us regardless of the which ranged from to smooth to gravel. An available Sport Package, which the Infiniti flagship with brakes, four-wheel active (4WAS in Infiniti-speak), allows the wheels to turn in-phase the fronts up to 1-degree, and a sport upgrade with new springs and piston shocks were, we out, responsible for the improved and handling.

With the M, the company the bundling of technologies to make up the shield package. Incorporating the Lane Departure Warning/Prevention programs with Intelligent Assist and carryover systems intelligent Cruise Control and Distance Control Assist the Infiniti M gives forth letters than a can of Campbell’s soup.

Leftlane’s bottom line

following the design evolution its conception to production stages, and a day of hurtling this big but surprisingly sedan around San Diego, we can say that Infiniti finally shoulder-to-shoulder with the best of Europe and Asia. By focusing on but not forgetting the smaller G37’s attitude, Infiniti has finally the M the credibility to stand on its own.

M37 base price, $46,250.

and photos by Mark Elias.

INFINITI Q70 Electric Cars
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