Infiniti took their already very nice Q70 top-of-the-line mid-size luxury sedan to a new length for 2015, adding a Q70L extended wheelbase model that provides even more first class space for a roomier and more comfortable luxury ride for up to five passengers.
Following from their very successful introduction of the Q70 series (formerly the M-series) in 2014, the new 2015 Infiniti Q70L lineup is very complete with two power train models – Q70L 3.7 V6 and Q70L 5.6 V8 – with rear-wheel (RWD) standard and all-wheel drive (AWD) available for both.
The MSRP for the Q70L 3.7 RWD is $51,350 with the AWD $2,150 more. The Q70L 5.6 RWD MSRP is $64,550 with the AWD up charge $2,500. There are six optional or standard packages for the owner to select from to configure the Q70L model they choose to meet their needs.
Test Drive 2015 Q70L 5.6 RWD
Infiniti recently sent us a 2015 Q70L 5.6 V8 RWD in Malbec Black with a Java leather interior for a week long ride and drive test around Central Texas. As it turned out, we were attending a couple of events across the state and were planning to take a couple of associates with us. The Infiniti Q70L was the ideal ride for us, especially for our team members who got to ride in style in the limo-size rear seats with fold down console, rear reading lamps, and a 12V rear power outlet – and oh yes, the endless legroom.
For the record, the Q70L with extended wheelbase is 5.9-inches longer, provides 5.6 inches of additional rear seat legroom and 5.9 inches of extra knee room. The extra length also provides for longer rear doors making getting in and out much easier for taller or older passengers. Standard automatic rear door clinchers make closing the bigger doors easy as well.
Power and Performance
The 2015 Q70L 5.6 RWD V8 is more than a very well equipped luxury mid-size sedan – it is a serious drivers car to boot.
Our test Q70L was equipped with the 5.6L Direction Injection V8 that punched out 416 horsepower with 414 lb.-ft. of torque and was mated to Infiniti’s advanced 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev Matching for sportier shifting. The Q70L also comes with unique Infiniti Drive Mode Selector that allows the driver to select from four driving modes – Standard, Eco, Sport or Snow – that enable the integrated control system to adjust throttle sensitivity and transmission mapping to optimize performance. The system also adjusts the Infiniti Active Trace Control that adjusts engine torque and braking at each wheel to enhance cornering for sportier driving.
With plenty of power, the new 2015 Q70L handles exceptionally well on the highway, around town or on local ranch roads. It is built on the advanced Infiniti Front Mid-ship (FM) platform, which positions the engine behind the front axle, resulting in an optimized front-to-rear weight balance in the extended length. Precise handling is provided by an independent double-wishbone design at the front and multi-link independent suspension in the rear, along with front and rear stabilizer bars.
The Infiniti Q70L rides on large diameter 245/50R18 all- season performance tires that are positioned to the corners of the sedan helping to enhance performance. Standard on all models are 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels that are uniquely designed for the Q70L. The 2015 Q70L utilizes standard 4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).
An electronically controlled speed-sensitive variable-assist power rack-and-pinion system helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle in concert with Infiniti’s advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System.
Estimated fuel economy for the Q70L 5.6 RWD is 16/24 mpg city/highway with an expected 19 mpg average. We drove mostly highway but added a fair bit of ranch road in the 450 miles we drove the test car. We averaged just a bit over 20 mpg which – with a 20 gallon fuel tank – translates to a range of 400 miles.
Premium Package Standard
The Premium Package is standard on the Q70L 5.6 and includes Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, Voice Recognition for audio, navigation and vehicle information systems, 8-inch WVGA color touch- screen display, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather with Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast. Infiniti Connection telematics system with available safety, security and convenience service; streaming audio via Bluetooth; climate-controlled (heated and cooled) front seats; heated steering wheel; rear sonar system; Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection; and rear heated seat all complete the package.
Deluxe Technology Package Option
Our 2015 Q70L was equipped with the (optional) very complete Deluxe Technology Package ($7,200). It features the Bose Studio Surround sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding speed sensitive volume control for the 16 speakers. Also included are the power rear sunshade; semi-aniline leather seating; unique quilted seat pattern with additional seat bolstering; White Ash silver-powdered wood trim; suede-like headliner; premium soft-touch material for armrests, door inserts, center console and knee pads; and premium stitched meter hood.
Other features included Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range); Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP); Distance Control Assist (DCA); Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW); Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot Intervention (BSI) systems; Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts; Active Trace Control; Eco Pedal; Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) with auto-leveling headlights; Forward Emergency Braking (FEB); Back-up Collision Intervention (BCI); and Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW).
Refreshed Design Elements
The 2015 Q70L has been refreshed some from the prior year Q70 standard model and includes new LED headlights, new double arch grille with waved mesh finish and chrome surround. A new front bumper sports integrated LED fog lights. The top line of the trunk lid has been flattened while the rear bumper has been slimmed down and a new chrome rear finisher added along with new LED rear combination lighting that distinctively accents. the Q70L.
Other standard exterior features include a power sliding tinted glass moon roof with one-touch open/close, tilt feature and sliding sunshade, power-folding heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signal with reverse tilt-down feature, courtesy lamps built into the outside door handles, rain-sensing variable intermittent front windshield wipers, rear window defroster with timer, dual exhaust with polished tips and an automatic trunk cincher.
The Q70L instrument panel features Fine Vision gauges, gear-like rings on the instrument cluster meters, a 7-inch color vehicle information display and Infiniti analog clock.
Japanese Ash wood trim accents the interior amenities that include Leatherette 10-way power driver and front passenger’s seats, including 2-way power lumbar support, are standard and include a dual occupant memory system for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors, that can be linked to the individual Infiniti Intelligent Key fobs.
An entry/exit assist system for the driver’s seat and steering wheel, sequential welcome lighting illuminated entry system and dual- zone automatic temperature are also included. Standard technology equipment includes Active Noise Control, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, HomeLink Universal Transceiver and RearView Monitor.
Our very complete and very premium 2015 Infiniti Q70L 5.6 RWD priced, with the Deluxe Technology Package and delivery, at $72,655.
We were impressed and so were our associates who remarked, when we dropped them off at the end of our trip, that we needed to take that trip again and “please bring the Q70L”.
Infiniti is also very bullish on the extra room attributes of the new Q70L, forecasting a take rate for the new longer version at 40 percent of total sales. We think they are pretty much on target.