The INFINITI QX70, which was once known as the FX, has never been the brand’s bread-and-butter model, as sales have always been very limited. As we near the beginning of the rollout of the 2018 models, we expect the QX70 to go into this new year with a complete redesign aimed at drumming up buyer interest.
We believe INFINITI previewed the QX70’s potential new look with the reveal of the QX Sport Inspiration Concept at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. Given the QX70 does use this concept as inspiration, look for it to get a wider stance, deeper body creases, and a lower rear roofline. Inside, the QX70 will likely continue to follow this sporty inspiration with aggressive seats and a horizontally oriented design that gives the cockpit a wider feel.
While there is no information on the new QX70’s powertrain, we do expect plenty of updates here. The current QX70 uses INFINITI’s dated 3.7-liter V6, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see it switch to the new turbocharged 3-liter V6 that powers the Q50 and Q60. If this ends up being the case, look for the QX70 to produce at least 300 ponies and as many as 400, depending on which version of the engine it uses.
The IIHS hasn’t fully tested the QX70 yet, but in the two crash tests is performed, the moderate-overlap and head restraint and seat tests, it received “Good” ratings. It also received an “Advanced” rating in front-crash avoidance, thanks to its optional Intelligent Brake Assist feature, which is part of the Technology Package ($3,350 in 2017).
Stay tuned for updates as they become available.