2016 INFINITI QX70 Press Kit: Overview
A symbol of INFINITI's progressive design, the iconic QX70 continues to stand out from ordinary luxury crossovers with its unique combination of aggressive aerodynamic styling and performance without sacrifice.
As it has since the day it burst on the market, the 2016 QX70 offers an extraordinary visual appeal. The sleekly sculptured body features a long hood, stretched wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs. The design's distinctive side air vents, located behind the front wheels, allow air to flow through the engine compartment and out the side of the vehicle, reducing front-end lift. The bold front grille and fascia design are framed by signature High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights and standard fog lights.
The QX70's aggressive silhouette is highlighted by a strong front-to-rear shoulder line, tight greenhouse, kicked-back roofline and integrated rear spoiler, while its large LED taillights extend beyond the body, helping create aerodynamic downforce. Large dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers cap the action-ready appearance.
The available Sport Package provides an added level of stealthy performance appearance with a dark finish front grille with dark finish upper and lower surrounds, and dark finish fog light surrounds, outside mirror housings, side air vents, lower side moldings, roof rails, and upper and lower trunk finishers.
For 2016, the INFINITI QX70 is offered in eight exterior colors: Graphite Shadow, Malbec Black, Umbria Twilight, Liquid Platinum, Black Obsidian, Midnight Mocha, Iridium Blue and Moonlight White – which features a premium pearl finish.
Under the polished, assertive exterior is an equally advanced body structure, offering room for five adults and the capacity to hold four full-size golf bags. QX70 utilizes the rigid FM (for Front Midship) platform architecture, with a balanced front-to-rear weight distribution to help provide exceptional handling performance. Weight reduction and body strengthening efforts include the use of aluminum doors and hood.
The INFINITI QX70's interior includes a command center-style cockpit designed to enhance the driving experience. The high-tech interior design includes an INFINITI signature double-wave instrument panel and Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges.
The standard leather-appointed front seats offer 10-way driver's side (including power lumbar)/8-way passenger side power adjustments and are available with a heating and cooling function for maximum comfort in any season. Heated front seats are standard on all models. The available driver's sport seat, offered with the Sport Package, adds power-adjustable side bolsters and a manual thigh extension, allowing the driver to tailor the fit for comfort and driving support.
The Sport Package also includes a dark color headliner and contrasting stitching for steering wheel, automatic transmission shifter boot, front and rear seats, front center console armrest, front and rear armrests and inside door pulls. The Premium Package includes an automatic driving position system, which moves the steering wheel and outside mirrors adaptively into the correct position when the seat is adjusted – allowing the driver to change the seat position and keep the same mirror viewpoint and relationship between the steering column and driver's shoulder position.
The interior's array of comfort and convenience equipment ranges from a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob to dual front and rear cupholders, four 12-volt power outlets, power windows with front one-touch auto-up/down function, power door locks and available tonneau cover and aluminum pedal accents.
Hospitality features include the INFINITI Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition and Sequential Welcome Lighting Illuminated Entry system that starts with turning on the outside mirror courtesy lights as the driver approaches the vehicle and continues to light key areas as driver and passengers settle into the interior. Three available interior colors are offered: Wheat, Graphite and Java.
Every INFINITI QX70 also comes equipped with an advanced Bose® Premium Audio system, acoustically engineered to optimize sound within the interior. The system features 11-speakers, an AM/FM/CD player and USB connection port for iPod® Interface and other compatible devices. Also standard are SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), diversity antenna and steering wheel-mounted remote audio controls.
The advanced INFINITI Hard Drive Navigation System – available with the Premium Package – features NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather with Real-Time Weather Information (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, along with an INFINITI Voice Recognition system for navigation and audio systems.
Performance-tuned 3.7-liter V6 VVEL Engine
All 2016 QX70s come equipped with an advanced 3.7-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with INFINITI's Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL) valve control technology, which continuously adjusts valve timing and lift amounts, enabling higher fuel efficiency with higher torque and improved emissions over conventional variable valve designs. The VVEL intake camshafts, which feature continuously variable lift control teamed with a Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), allow for a 6,800-rpm redline.
The engine includes an aluminum block and heads and electronically controlled throttle system and has been tuned specifically for use in the QX70. The engine is rated at 325-horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Along with VVEL, the advanced V6 engine design also features a silent timing chain for quiet operation, microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, and resin-coated lightweight pistons, a dual exhaust system with equal length exhaust manifolds and low muffler exhaust pressure to help improve engine breathing.
Matched to the advanced 3.7-liter V6 is a refined 7-speed transmission that features a wide ratio of coverage and wide lock-up area, as well as a manual shift mode, Downshift Rev Matching and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC). The standard ASC system adapts the transmission's shift timing depending on driving style. Solid magnesium paddle shifters are available with the Sport Package, while INFINITI's advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system with Traction Control System (TCS) is standard on all models.
The QX70 AWD model comes equipped with INFINITI's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, which uses an advanced torque split control strategy that automatically redistributes torque to the wheels (0:100 up to 50:50 front to rear) according to road and driving conditions.
Responsive handling is provided by an independent suspension with a double-wishbone suspension design in front and a multi-link design in the rear. Large-diameter stabilizer bars are found front and rear. The suspension system also incorporates special Dual Flow Path® shock absorber technology with rebound springs for responsive yet comfortable ride and firm, tight handling. Braking is provided by 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
Every QX70 comes standard with 18-inch 10-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with 265/60R18 all-season tires, while unique five-spoke 20-inch wheels are offered as part of the Deluxe Touring Package. The Sport Package features 21x9.5-inch Enkei six-spoke dark finish aluminum-alloy wheels with 265/45R21 all-season tires.
Advanced Technology and Safety Systems
Along with its distinctive appearance, luxurious interior and stellar performance credentials, the QX70 offers a long list of available technology systems.
The innovative Around View® Monitor system, which is available as part of the Premium Package, utilizes four small superwide-angle cameras – mounted on the front, sides and rear of the QX70 – to provide a virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle, helping the driver see to maneuver it in tight spots. The system uses advanced image processing to combine the images from the four cameras and provide a unique "Bird's Eye View" of the vehicle's surroundings.
Moving Object Detection builds on the capabilities of the AVM system, helping enhance the driver's situational awareness by providing visual and audible warnings (front or back range object detection) if the system detects large moving objects (such as another vehicle) within the displayed image in situations such as when pulling out of a parking space. Using sophisticated image processing technology, the system detects moving objects within the "top view" (when the vehicle is in Park). When starting off or backing up, it detects moving objects crossing within the front or rear views.
The 2016 QX70 is also available with Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) system with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), which uses the laser sensor unit from the Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) to continuously monitor and analyze closing speeds to a vehicle ahead. IBA will warn the driver if it determines a frontal collision is imminent. If the driver does not respond to the warning and the collision can no longer be avoided, IBA will automatically engage the brakes to help reduce the impact speed and thus help mitigate the consequences of the accident. In addition, an available Distance Control Assist (DCA) system helps the driver maintain a distance to the vehicle ahead in traffic conditions that require frequent braking.
The available Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range) brings the benefit of cruise control to another level, helping to maintain a preset distance to the vehicle ahead whether in heavy traffic or on open freeways. The ICC system operates across a wide speed range and helps the driver manage speed and distance down to a complete stop. This allows the QX70 to flow with traffic even at "crawling" speeds and then resume the desired cruising speed once the road opens up again.
Also available as part of the Technology Package is the INFINITI Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) system, which takes INFINITI's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system one step further. If the system senses that the vehicle has drifted toward the edge of its lane, LDP utilizes the QX70's Vehicle Dynamic Control system to gently apply the brakes on the wheels on the opposite side, assisting the driver in returning the vehicle back towards the center of the current lane.
Standard 2016 QX70 safety features include a seat belt reminder system; standard INFINITI Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) including dual-stage front supplemental air bags with occupant classification and seat belt sensors; seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags; and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for enhanced outboard seat occupant head protection. Also standard are 3-point front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, ALR/ELR seat belts in all passenger seating positions (driver ELR only), adjustable upper anchors, front seat Active Head Restraints, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system.
The Technology Package offers Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts. Utilizing patented technology, the system automatically retracts some seat belt webbing if the system detects emergency braking or an emergency handling situation. Finally, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) features an individual tire pressure display.
Two Well-Equipped Models
For 2016, the INFINITI QX70 is again offered in two models: QX70 and QX70 AWD. Four option packages are available, offering an extended range of features and technology over the well-equipped standard equipment.
The Premium Package includes dual-occupant memory system, entry/exit assist system for driver's seat and steering wheel, power tilt and telescopic steering column, outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature, aluminum roof rails, INFINITI Hard Drive Navigation System, 8-inch color touch-screen display, Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection, and Streaming audio via Bluetooth®.
The Deluxe Touring Package includes 20-inch wheels and tires, aluminum pedal accents, Maple interior accents, quilted leather-appointed seating, climate controlled front seats and tonneau cover.
The Technology Package features Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts. The package also includes convenience features such as Distance Control Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full Speed Range), rain-sensing windshield wipers and Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) with auto-leveling headlights
Finally, the Sport Package offers special dark finish exterior accents and 21-inch Enkei dark finish aluminum-alloy wheels – long with Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) with auto-leveling headlights, sport-style front seats, solid magnesium paddle shifters, contrasting interior stitching, dark color headliner, and red "S" (QX70S) on the rear hatch.
Every 2016 QX70 also offers the INFINITI Personal AssistantTM, INFINITI's personal concierge service with 24-hour access to a live team of professional assistants. The INFINITI Personal AssistantTM benefit, which is offered free-of-charge for the first four years, allows owners to make reservations, get directions, find points of interest, make dinner reservations, access gift services, answer trivia questions, and receive a wide variety of other services at the touch of a button from inside the vehicle or through the owner's mobile or home phone.
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