2017 Infiniti QX70 a Bold Step to Take on BMW and Mercedes Luxury SUVs


Probably Nissan eyed the segment dominated by the likes of BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE-class or even Maserati Levante. Now, these are luxury SUVs, sporting premium comfort and high-end performance specs. If the Japanese had to win and stand out, things just had to be out of the box. Instead of overstepping, Nissan kept things subtle, dropped the price figures and launched its new 2017 Infiniti QX70.

4 doors, 5-passengers, and starts at a modest $45,850. Mercedes GLE comes at $52,000 while Maserati goes up to almost $72,000. Infiniti definitely wins the budget luxury SUV part as it nearly has all the expected specs there can be.

2017 Infiniti QX70 Side View

Where the 2017 Infiniti QX70 wins?

Apart from its price tag, QX70 brings along a 3.7-liter V6 engine.

  • Power output will stand at 325 HP and torque figures will reach the 267 lb-ft mark.
  • Transmission is 7-speed automatic.
  • 0 to 60 mph acceleration takes 6.1 seconds.
  • Top speed comfortably reaches 142 mph.

The design is the second aspect that makes Infinity QX70 2017 stand out. Probably, this is the most muscular and modern looking SUVs among all its competitors. Massive 21-inch wheels come as standard from Nissan and its square-shaped mesh grille add that extra bit of classy look. Headlights retain its Infinity exclusive design while taillights bear a slightly sharper touch.

Safety is also kept premium as Infiniti QX70 2017 comes with all the regulars. Its 360-degree camera for park assist is a stand out while cruise control and EBS are responsive enough. Blind spot monitoring and traction control come as standard.

2017 Infiniti QX70 Interior

Where it loses out?

The car weighs almost 4,200 pounds. This drops the EPA of 2017 Infiniti QX70 to alarming levels. Figures stand at 17 mpg in city and only 22 mpg on highways. BMW X5 at a slightly higher range sports 23 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. If market for Infiniti QX70 2017 falls, this should be one of the major reasons.

Plus, the interior design of Infiniti QX70 2017 is somewhat a disappointed when kept beside the Germans and the Italians. It does have power adjustable seats with heating features and automatic climate control, but the overall feel is a bit plastic-like. A lot of carbon fibers here and there but Infinity just could not get the color combinations right.

However, infotainment has hit the mark with 11-speaker Bose audio systems, 7-inch display, SiriusXM satellite radio and steering wheel mounted controls. But, then again, all other SUVs in this genre boast similar features if not better.

2017 Infiniti QX70 Price

For its engine, spectacular looks and nearly all the premium specs. If all the packages are included, 2017 Infiniti QX70 price of $58,000. Nissan throws in roof rails, panoramic sunroof, voice-activated navigation control and even radar-based pedestrian detection. Also expect a bit more chrome accents on the exterior body along with an 8-spoke wheel rim design.

2017 Infiniti QX70 Front View

Plus, no there’s no compromise on cargo and interior space as well. The SUV is a decent 192 inches long which indicates ample movement room for the passengers. Driving feels decent and suspensions work great on any road. No doubt Nissan has sold more units of these lately targeting customers on a tight budget.

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