2018 Infiniti Q70L 5.6 Luxe review

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017

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Infiniti is celebrating its 2015, and 25th, model year in in a big way - with the introduction of the new extended wheelbase Infiniti Q70L. The new addition to the Q70 lineup offers a 5.9-inch longer wheelbase, 5.6 inches of additional rear seat legroom (41.8 inches total) and 5.9 inches of extra knee room (32.5 inches total).
By David Goodspeed
Special Contributor
autoworlddavid@yahoo.com

For the life of me can’t remember the last time I drove an
Infiniti sedan. It was so long ago the cars all had different names.
What used to be known as the M sedan arrived in the test driveway as a
2018 Infiniti Q70L 5.6 Luxe.
At first glance the car is very familiar. Apparently Infiniti
has not updated exterior styling very much in nearly a decade. And all
of the sedan names now begin with “Q” instead of “G” or “M.” Also,
that capital “L” after the Q70 signifies this is a long wheelbase car
– the “limo” version of the Q sedan, sort of, as Infiniti throws in
some 5.6 additional inches to the rear seating area.
The Q70L arrives with choice of 3.7-liter V-6 or 5.6-liter V-8
gasoline engines. They are both mated to a seven-speed automatic
gearbox and the car can be had in rear- or all-wheel drive. Our tester
arrived with power only going to the rear wheels but that power was
courtesy of the beefy 416hp V-8.
Surprisingly there were no steering wheel mounted paddle shifters
but the car does offer manual shift mode and features Downshift Rev
Matching for those times when you want to feel like you are behind the
wheel of a pure sports car.
The styling of the Q70 embodies the design language of the
Infiniti Essence concept that made the rounds in 2009. That was a
gorgeous car with styling that holds true today in the form of this
Q70L. Granted our Q70L did not have the 592hp engine of the Essence
but many of the cues seen back then appear in the current Infiniti
lineup. Back here in the real world we see vehicles that have to abide
by federal mandates but Infiniti manages to wrap everything into a
comfortable, stylish package that even has some driving excitement to
offer.
Here are 10 signs you are in a luxury sedan like the Infiniti Q70L:
– Heated, ventilated front seats, standard
– Heated rear seats, standard
– Heated steering wheel, standard
– Power-folding, auto-dimming, heated outside mirrors, standard
– Rain-sensing windshield wipers, standard
– LED fog lights, front turn signals, and rear brake lights, standard
– Leather seating surfaces, steering wheel, and shift knob, standard
– Japanese Ash wood interior trim, standard
– Rear door closure assist cincher, standard
– Analog clock, standard.
Our loaded Luxe tester also arrived with a couple of additional
packages to further our infinite Infiniti experience.
The Proactive package adds predictive forward collision warning
and forward emergency braking, intelligent cruise control with
distance control assist, blind spot warning and blind spot
intervention systems, backup collision intervention, lane departure
warning and lane departure prevention, adaptive front lighting system
with auto-leveling headlights, active trace control, and Eco Pedal.
With this came the Sensory package that gave our test vehicle the
Bose studio surround sound system with its 16 speakers, power rear
sunshade, and additional interior trim accents and refinements.
In addition to proving itself a more than capable daily driver
on our trek to and from work, we took the Q70L on a weekend road trip
where we really got to see what this car was made of. Some nice
winding roads in the hills allowed us to put the long Infiniti through
its paces and the car handled very well. True, most of the trip was at
highway speeds on the interstate where the Q70L got to shine as well
but no sooner did we settle back for long stretches than we found
ourselves back in the twisties and back in “driver” mode.
The low-profile tires were trying to take control of the front end
and was evident…I found myself having to work a little harder while
behind the wheel than other luxury sedans we have tested in recent
times. The tires also exhibited a bit of road noise, other than that
the Infiniti is whisper quiet.
Pricing for the 2018 Infiniti Q70L begins at $51,800 with our
loaded 5.6 Luxe model arriving with a final window sticker of $75,115.
Fuel economy for the V-8 is rated at 16 mpg city and 24 mpg
highway and we averaged right in the sweet spot during our week with
the car.
The Q70L is not the car for everyone as most of you do not have
basketball players in your family …but for those needing a few extra
inches of legroom in the rear seat area this Infiniti may be right up
your alley. There is a small competitive set for this type luxury
sport sedan and the Infiniti Q70L fits right in.

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