Infiniti opened with a bang at the 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). During its press conference, Infiniti detailed how it would be updating their Q70 sedan and Q80 Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). It implemented a new, long wheelbase model of the Q70 luxury sedan along with an exterior update. This new model was designed in an effort to improve their standing against competitors Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW. The QX80 SUV and QX80 Limited models are also scheduled for a makeover.
The Q70 sedan model has undergone a complete makeover from the inside out. These changes are minor, but noticeably enhance the vehicle’s appearance. Infiniti has grown weary of the fact that it has taken a backseat compared to similar vehicles from competitors. In the past, Infiniti’s vehicles have been excellent and the new models are no exception.
On the 2015 QX80 model, the bumper has been fitted with flush-mounted sonar sensors. LEDs are used for the fog lights, turn signals and main headlight function. The exterior tri-color design makes the car a unique entry into the marketplace while the chrome accents are sure to draw the attention of those passing by..
The new models also have a number of new technologies, including adaptive cruise control, a backup collision warning system, and brake assist. Other new technologies also include adaptive headlights that dip automatically whenever another vehicle is approaching; a collision warning system that detects and warns drivers of imminent accidents; and blind spot and lane-departure warning systems.
Each model has an engine with 413 pound-feet of torque and 400 horsepower in a 5.6-liter V8. The driver can switch from four-wheel to rear-wheel drive ones via a seven-speed automatic transmission. Needless to say, this vehicle is impressive in both form and function.
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