2015 Infiniti Q70 facelift launched in Malaysia, price from RM295k


The facelifted Infiniti Q70 was officially unveiled in Malaysia by official importer and distributor, Inspired Motor Sdn Bhd at their flagship showroom located along Jalan Tun Razak.

The performance luxury sedan is offered here in three variants, namely the 2.5-litre3.7-litre and range topping 3.5-litre Hybrid – all of which are V6 in configuration. The sole Q70 on display here is the entry level 2.5-litre variant.

QUICK FACTS

NameInfiniti Q70 2.5LInfiniti Q70 3.7LInfiniti Q70 3.5L Hybrid
Engine2,496cc; DOHC V63,696cc; DOHC V6 with VVEL3,498cc; DOHC V6 with Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid
Transmission

7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM)

Max Power218 hp @ 6,400 rpm320 hp @ 7,000 rpm360 hp (with 50kW electric motor)
Max Torque253 Nm @ 4,800 rpm360 Nm @ 5,200 rpm350 Nm @ 5,000 rpm
0 – 100 km/h; Top Speed8.5 seconds; 231 km/h6.2 seconds; 250 km/h5.5 seconds; 250 km/h
Price without insurance (GST inclusive)RM295,000RM375,000RM420,000

EXTERIOR

At a quick glance, you could even mistake this for its younger sibling, the Q50. However, a second look yields differences that are immediately discernible. The front fascia is more pronounced with Infiniti’s signature double-arch mesh design grille and DRL eyebrow; not forgetting to mention the LED fog lights that’s mounted on the lower extremity of the bumper.

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The Q70 sits on 18-inch wheels (or the 20-inch optional sports package). Around the back, it sports a new boot lid with the Infiniti logo and name cast in shiny chrome. The twin split exhaust tips and LED rear tail lamps finish off the styling at the rear.

INTERIOR

The leather wrapped seats and trim will be the first to greet you upon getting in. As compared to its younger sibling, the Q70 pulls through with a more grown up fascia. The interior is a pleasant place to be in, one that’s equipped with dual-zone climate control air-conditioning and 10-way electric memory seats, just to name a few.

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The Q70 is featured with yet another innovation called Active Noise Control (ANC) which effectively muffles external wind and engine noise. This is dealt with several microphones strategically located in the headlining.

To accompany the ANC system is a 10-speaker Bose stereo (standard on the 3.5 V6 Hybrid and 3.7 V6 models) for the audiophiles in you. Infotainment is projected via an 8-inch LCD display.

PERFORMANCE

This is an avenue that the Q70 range would excel in. Infiniti does share its powertrains with certain Nissan models such as the Nissan 370Z. The 2.5 litre model showcased today has a rated output of 218 hp at 6,400 rpm with 253 Nm of torque. It features Continuously Variable Timing Control System (CVTCS) which regulates the opening of the intake and exhaust valves for optimised performance.

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The 3.5 litre V6 with Infiniti’s Direct Response Hybrid system utilises a 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack to store energy and a 50kW electric motor to disperse the torque out the rear and onto the tarmac. It makes a combined total of 360 hp and 350 Nm of twist.

The 3.7 litre V6 variant on the other hand, puts out 320 hp and 360 Nm of torque with a century sprint time of 6.2 seconds and tops out at 250 km/h. This unit features VVEL or Variable Valve Event and Lift which works in tandem with the CVTCS system to further maximise performance whilst improving fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

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All three variants of the new Q70 are paired to a seven-speed automatic gearbox with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC). Switching it to manual mode unleashes its party piece, which is the Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) feature that automatically blips the throttle; a feature first seen on the Nissan 370Z. All variants come with a Drive Selector Mode with three modes – Snow, Eco and Sport, which adjusts throttle and transmission sensitivity.

SAFETY

With six airbags mounted on the front, side and curtain, the Q70 is up to job of protecting its occupants from harm. It comes equipped with the usual safety acronyms such as ABS with EBD, TCS, Brake Assist (BA), child ISOFIX mounts and Vehicle Dynamic Control; just to name a few.

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WHAT ELSE?

The Q70 is available with a choice of five different colours; Hermosa Blue, Malbec Black, Liquid Platinum, Graphite Shadow and Moonlight White. There’s an optional Sports Premium Package for the base 2.5-litre model, costing a good RM35,000 and includes 20-inch wheels, sports front bumper and a 10-speaker Bose Sound System. Elsewhere, a RM25,000 Sports Package is available to tick for the 3.7L and Hybrid models which include the 20″ sports wheels and sports front bumper.


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Nicholas Raj

Nicholas Raj

This author was born with an undying love for cars. As the mantra goes, the faster, the better. A hotelier-cum-entrepreneur, he soon gave up the life in pursuit of joining the brinks of the local automotive industry. He spends his days, aside from writing obviously, plotting and scheming his plan ever so carefully in the hopes of bagging a Porsche 991 Turbo in white with the Martini racing colours.
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