The backseat of Infiniti's largest sedan is almost as luxurious as the front seat. The 2014 Infiniti Q70 (previously called the M) boasts a roomy, comfortable interior, and parents will love its easy-to-access Latch anchors and its booster-friendly seat belt buckles.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
Infiniti is making a play to take its products a bit further upmarket, making them nicer and more luxurious than outgoing models by focusing more attention on the interior appointments. The latest model to get that attention is the new 2015 Q70 sedan, unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.
The brand's big sedan has languished a bit when compared to its competition, but this new redesign should finally turn some heads at valet stands everywhere.
Adjectives for the new exterior styling of the 2015 Infiniti Q70 have included "fluidic," "flowing" and "wavelike" — so you might say the dramatic design of the latest version of the midsize luxury sedan is a sea change. The new wavy sidelines and "waved mesh" finish of Infiniti's familiar double-arch grille join new LED taillight design, rear-end chrome trim and a streamlined bumper.
You'll find yourself in familiar waters inside this vessel's cabin, where interior dimensions, real wood and leather trim surfaces, and heated leather seats carry over from 2014, as do the gauge and control layout with a large color touch-screen. The Q70 is now making its maiden voyage into the public eye at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.
Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.
It's no secret that we think Infiniti's large SUV is awkward looking — and that's putting it nicely. The QX80 (previously the QX56) gets a mild exterior styling update for 2015, which should help soften it a bit.
In front, a curvier lattice-style grille is new, and other changes include revised LED headlights, turn signals and fog lights and a restyled bumper — and don't forget the bling; there's even more chrome trim this year.
Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.
Competes with: Cadillac Escalade, Lexus LX 570 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Looks like: A 2014 QX80 wearing the same dress with new jewelry
Drivetrain: The same 400-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 as last year
Hits dealerships: Fall 2014 for the regular QX80; late-2014 for the Limited
For the 2015 model year, the Infiniti QX80 changes a little on the outside, quite a bit on the inside and not at all under the hood. The luxury SUV also adds the new Limited trim, which offers further subtle exterior flourishes along with interior upgrades that the automaker boasts "wouldn't be out of place in an ultra-executive boardroom or private jet."
Competes with: Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS
Looks like: Infiniti gave the Q70 the Q50 treatment with more flowing lines and a pumped-up grille for a look that's both more graceful and athletic
Drivetrain: 330-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 engine; 420-hp, 5.6-liter V-8; or a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a 50-kilowatt electric motor (hybrid); seven-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Fall
Infiniti's midsize sedan gets a makeover and welcomes a long-wheelbase version for 2015. The 2015 Q70 (previously called the M) will be unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show alongside a revised version of the Infiniti QX80 full-size SUV.
The Q70 follows in the smaller Q50 sedan's footsteps with more fluidic styling outside, an emphasis on luxury inside and a host of additional convenience features and safety systems for the 2015 model year.
Vehicles Affected: About 468 model-year 2014 Infiniti QX80 SUVs manufactured between Dec. 2, 2013, and Jan. 27, 2014, and equipped with 20-inch wheels.
The Problem: The certification label incorrectly lists the gross axle weight rating as 4,497 pounds when it should be 4,343 pounds. This could result in the vehicle being overloaded, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Infiniti parent company, Nissan, will notify owners starting this month and mail corrected certification labels to owners for free.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Infiniti at 800-662-6200 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.
In the scope of large three-row luxury SUVs, the body-on-frame 2014 Infiniti QX80 is a fairly contemporary ute with a cargo area configured more like a crossover's than a truck-based SUV's. The second and third rows fold flat without the seats having to be removed; that's better than the 2014 Lexus LX 570 in which you have to awkwardly fold the third-row seats up to the side of the cargo area.
The 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row is tall enough to fit both strollers we test at the same time — a large and small one — and separately, two golf bags laid flat with room for more to stack on top. There's a respectable 95.1 cubic feet of maximum luggage space compared to its competitors like the Cadillac Escalade, Lexus LX 570 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class when the second and third rows are folded. See how well the above items and more fit into the cargo area in the animation below.
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 989,701 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, including model-year 2013-14 Altimas, Leafs, Pathfinders and Sentras; model-year 2013 Nissan NV200s and Infiniti JX35s; and model-year 2014 Infiniti Q50s and QX60s.
The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that the occupant classification sensor software in these vehicles may incorrectly classify the front passenger seat as empty. If this happens in a crash, the passenger airbag wouldn't deploy, increasing the risk of injury.
Nissan faced this problem once before and recalled these vehicles in March 2013 to fix the occupant classification system. The automaker says the new issue is a separate one. "A combination of factors such as high engine vibration at idle when the seat is initially empty and then becomes occupied, or unusual occupant seating postures immediately upon being seated may cause the OCS to classify an occupied front passenger seat as empty," the automaker said in a statement to NHTSA.
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