The 2020 Infiniti QX70 could launch the new generation of the popular mid-size premium crossover SUV. The vehicle had a facelift in 2017 and it is still relatively new. However, besides the cosmetic changes, the crossover is going to introduce new engines and drivetrain options. Diesel and hybrid units are possibilities, but the company is not announcing anything yet. We are sure the new model will add a third row of seats and increase seating capacity to seven. Well, its close sibling, QX60 is already offering such layout.
Some of the advantages of the QX70 are great driving performance and premium features inside the cockpit. Also, the crossover is still very attractive, especially to younger buyers. Still, the price is pretty hefty and becomes even higher for higher trim levels. Also, the 2020 Infiniti QX70 must improve its fuel economy numbers. Hybrid setup would consume less fuel and that is the main goal of such drivetrain. On the other hand, Nissan, as the parent company, is offering a diesel engine in some markets outside the US.
Next-Gen 2020 Infiniti QX70 Changes
Only minor cosmetic modifications will boost the appearance of the 2020 Infiniti QX70. Well, an attractive and eye-catching, the crossover SUV is more suitable for younger buyers. When we add a number of hi-tech features inside the cabin, then it is clear why it is so. The new QX70 will use more aluminum to save some weight. With a lighter body, the SUV can offer better gas mileage. Also, the vehicle will be agile and handling will get significant improvements. Minor touches around headlights and bumpers, new wheels, and revisited rear end are the most notable changes for the upcoming SUV.
QX70 Becomes a Three-Row SUV
We are coming to the major changes on the 2020 Infiniti QX70. These are happening inside the cabin. First of all, the SUV is becoming a seven-seater. Well, we will see how designers are going to pull it off since this model was criticized because of the lack of space. Now, with an extra row, the interior is becoming even tighter. On the other hand, the company will leave an option to its buyers. If you don’t want it, you can fold the third row, or purchase a model with five seats. Reclining middle row will make you create more legroom.
The technology inside the 2020 Infiniti QX70 will be on the higher level, as always and as for all vehicles with this badge. Just take a look at other models. Apple CarPlay is standard, as well as the Android Auto. Huge touchscreen display sits at the center of the dashboard. Navigation remains an optional feature. Leather seats and upholstery are going to be standard. The highlight of all crossovers and SUVs in Infiniti lineup is a quiet cabin. Excellent isolation keeps noises outside.
Powertrain, Gas Mileage Improvements, Hybrid
The new 2020 Infiniti QX70 will use a 3.7-liter V6 engine as the base choice. This drivetrain proved its reliability and it is set to produce energy for the SUV again. Buyers can count on 325 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Still, the vehicle could also get a lighter 3.5 displacement. In this case, the power output drops to 295 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. We will see what will engineers decide. Previously, the QX70 used a 5.0-liter displacement for the high-end models. In this case, you will get 390 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of twist.
A CVT automatic transmission is standard. The manual gearbox is optional for some markets. Well, the new 3.5-liter engine would improve the gas mileage. For QX60 it returns 20/27 mpg for front-wheel drive setup, while the all-wheel-drive configuration consumes 20/26 mpg.
To maximize the fuel economy, Nissan could replace an old 5.0-liter engine with a hybrid configuration. To provide high outputs, the base for the configuration could be a 2.5-liter turbocharged unit. This four-cylinder engine is capable by itself and electric batteries would help it achieve more miles and ponies. We can’t exclude PHEV edition of the 2020 Infiniti QX70. In this case, the crossover SUV would be able to run by using only electric motors. This kind of drive will take you up to 30 miles independently.
2020 Infiniti QX70 Launch Date, Competition
Since the 2020 Infiniti QX70 is becoming a seven-seater, the SUV will enter the new market. This model could add versatility, but it will draw the attention of other companies. At first place, there are two carmakers from Japan, Acura, and Lexus, whose RX offers either two or three rows of seats. Also, there are new US SUVs by Lincoln and Cadillac.
We will know more about the price of the 2020 Infiniti QX70 when it debuts. The company plans to launch it in Los Angeles or SEMA. Comparing to its rivals, we can expect to see the SUV starting at $45,000. Of course, upper trim levels will pack the QX70 with extra features, especially in the safety segment. These models will cost close to $60k, or even higher.