June 10, 2015 @ 04:33 PM

Infiniti welcomes Q70 to Malaysia

Direct your attention over here to the bigger version of the Q50.

Direct your attention over here to the bigger version of the Q50. 

If the Q50 isn’t big enough then you might want to continue reading. Infiniti just launched the Q70, extending its current line-up available for the sophisticated Malaysia market. From far the Q70 looks very much like the Q50 thanks to the flagship Infiniti shape and grilles, but if one look closer one would notice the Q70 has sharper lines and looks more sinister then the sporty and smaller Q50.

The Q70 was designed with the rear-wheel drive proportions and stance in mind. The long, low hood and high rear deck contributes to an exceptionally low aerodynamic coefficient drag of 0.27. If the 18-inch wheels are not sporty enough for you, opt for the imposing 20-inch wheels for a more aggressive look altogether!

Inside, the cabin is designed to focus around the driver; everything is designed to be elegant yet functional surroundings. Enjoy the ten Bose Premium Sound System Neodynium speakers from quilted leather ten-way power seats that include two-way power lumbar support as standard. Intelligent Keys that will help the car remember the seat, climate control and audio settings according to the individual keys makes sharing the car easier.

There is also Active Noise Control that will cancel out any engine noise from four door speakers while two microphones located in the Q70’s ceiling to monitor the cabin noise levels. The feature allows both drivers and passengers to enjoy and relax in the car without needing to fiddle with the car’s controls.

Standard safety features in the Q70 includes six-airbags including side impact supplemental air bags and standard roof-mounted curtain side impact airbags for occupant head protection. The seatbelts are Pre-Crash belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters for the front which tightens the seatbelts in certain breaking situations while Active Front Head Restraints help to cushion occupant heads from whiplash-type injuries.

The Infiniti Q70 comes in three variants with three different engines. Pick the smallest 2.5-litre V6 engine and you will get power output numbers like 218bhp at 6400rpm and 253Nm at 4800rpm. The high revving engine is equipped with Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) that helps improve the car’s response and efficiency giving the engine the ability to burn a litre at every 12.1km. 

Opt for the bigger 3.7-litre V6 engine equipped with Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) system and you will get numbers like 320bhp at 7000rpm, 360Nm at 5200rpm and an efficiency of 11.8km per litre of fuel. The VVEL system combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable lift to improve the Q70’s performance.

If a hybrid engine is more to your taste then Infiniti has the Q70 3.5-litre Hybrid variant to offer. The 3.5-litre hybrid engine features one motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid powertrain that generates a combined system output of 360bhp and 350Nm. The hybrid model makes the century sprint from 0-100kph in 5.5 seconds and returns an efficiency reading of 14.5km per litre.

All engines are combined to a seven-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode. Infiniti claims that the Q70’s best feature is the Downshift Rev Matching that brings the car up to the correct rpm for smoother downshifts.

The Q70 also comes equipped with Drive Mode Selector for drivers to choose between four driving mode: Standard, Eco, Sport or Snow that adjusts throttle sensitivity and transmission mapping for better driving performance. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System automatically adjusts brake pressure and engine torque during certain situations when the car is near its handling limits to help the driver remain in control at the wheel.

The Q70 comes in a choice of five different exterior colours: Moonlight White, Liquid Platinum, Graphite Shadow, Hermosa Blue and Malbec Black, and two different leather colour choices in Java and Graphite. Infiniti is asking for RM295,572.00 for the 2.5-litre variant, RM375,000 for the 3.7-litre and RM428,562.00 for the top of the line 3.5-litre Hybrid model. All prices quoted are on-the-road without insurance.

Jerrica Leong

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