Infiniti announced at the New York International Auto Show the upcoming release of the Q70 and Q70L. The brand’s flagship sedan has been redesigned for the 2015 model year, and one of the biggest changes is the edition of the Q70L, with the “L” standing for “Long Wheelbase.” The two models are set to appear at Infiniti dealers throughout the United States in the latter part of 2014. The redesign of the Q70 also coincides with Infiniti’s 25th anniversary.
For anyone who likes to be driven instead of doing the driving themselves, the Q70L is the perfect vehicle. It features almost 6 additional inches in the passenger area, providing backseat occupants with ample room to get comfortable. Infiniti says that it aimed to provide the type of legroom you find in large SUVs. It remains to be seen how many people will be dumping their Audi A80L or Rolls-Royce Ghost for the Infiniti, or if more jobs for drivers will begin opening up.
The Q70 has been redesigned for a more upscale appearance and feel, both inside and out. LED lights are used for the headlights and taillights, giving the car a modern and dressy appearance. The grille features a new double arch design with waved mesh for a better quality look than before. The front bumper has been reshaped for a sleeker look, as has the trunk lid as well. Three different powertrain options are available, addressing the upper limits of car shoppers’ budgets. The least of these is a 3.7-liter V6 made of aluminum alloy, which pushes out 330 horsepower. The second engine is a much beefier 5.6-liter V8 that pushes out 420 horsepower, or curiously enough 416 horsepower for Q70L models. The third powertrain consists of a hybrid gasoline engine and electric motor combination that works with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control for a total output of 360 horsepower.