QX70 was the only application for the 5.0L, making it a tough sell in the boardroom.

It was always easy to chuckle a bit at Infiniti's branding of its FX crossover as a "bionic cheetah" – until you drove the thing. It was something of a revelation when it came on the market in late 2002 – certainly visually, but also in terms of performance, particularly in V8 guise. The Porsche Cayenne burst on the scene at the same time, and between the two of them, they vividly illustrated that the idea of a performance utility vehicle wasn't the oxymoron it first appeared to be.

Now in its second generation and recently rebranded QX70, Infiniti's Acinonyx Venator is back for 2015, but it's losing some teeth – last year's 390-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 will no longer be available, leaving the 325-hp, 3.7-liter V6 to soldier on as the model's sole powerplant.

But don't despair, sports (utility) fans, the 2015 QX70 still promises to be an entertaining drive. Kyle Bazemore, Infiniti's senior manager of communications, tells Autoblog, "We've taken the equipment that was only available on the V8 and made it available on the V6 for the first time." Those features come as part of an option pack that includes 21-inch dark-finish alloys with matching exterior highlights, paddle shifters, heated and cooled front sport seats and adaptive lighting.

So why no more eight-cylinder models? Bazemore says that "The vast majority [of sales] were V6s. The V8 was a low percentage, so we decided to focus on the V6." The shift to the 3.7-liter should also help Infiniti somewhat with its Corporate Average Fuel Economy goals, as it achieves up to 17 miles per gallon city and 24 highway, versus last year's all-wheel-drive only V8 model and its 14/20 ratings. And as Bazemore reminded us, the QX70 was the only application for the 5.0L, making it an even tougher sell in the boardroom. We've always had a soft spot for this particular Infiniti V8 and its burly soundtrack, but the automaker's logic is hard to fault.

In any case, pricing for the rear-drive 2015 Q70 starts at $46,845, and the AWD model starts at $48,295 (both prices include $995 delivery), just as they did for model year 2014.
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Infiniti announces U.S. pricing for 2015 QX70 luxury SUV and 2015 QX50 luxury crossover

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Infiniti today announced U.S. pricing for the 2015 Infiniti QX70 and QX50, which are on sale now at Infiniti retailers nationwide. The 2015 Infiniti QX70 is offered in 3.7-liter V6-equipped rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models, and with a new sportier exterior and interior look added as part of a new Sport Package.

The 2015 Infiniti QX50 adds Bluetooth Hands-free Phone as a standard feature on the base models. It continues most of the $2,500 price reduction from the 2014 model year (base models increase $150), keeping the Infiniti QX50 as one of the best values in the segment.

2015 Infiniti QX70

The Infiniti QX70, Infiniti's iconic performance crossover, continues to embody all things Infiniti – premium design, craftsmanship, performance and innovative technology. For 2015, the QX70 is offered in two models – QX70 3.7 and QX70 3.7 AWD.

Also available are four special equipment packages: Premium Package, Deluxe Touring Package, Technology Package and a new Sport Package, which offers unique dark finish exterior accents, 21-inch dark finish aluminum-alloy wheels, Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) and climate-controlled front sport seats.

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP)* for the 2015 Infiniti QX70 are:
3.7-liter V6 / RWD
$45,850 USD
3.7-liter V6 / AWD
$47,300 USD
Destination and Handling $995 USD

2015 Infiniti QX50

The 2015 Infiniti QX50 combines a sleek, sculpted, elegant exterior design, exhilarating driving performance and an engaging interior environment. It is offered in four models: QX50, QX50 AWD, QX50 Journey and QX50 AWD Journey, each offering a 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and 7-speed automatic transmission. QX50 AWD models feature Infiniti's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and heated front seats.
Three special equipment packages are also offered: Premium Package, Deluxe Touring Package and Technology Package.
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP)* for the 2015 Infiniti QX50 are:
3.7-liter V6 / RWD
$35,000 USD
3.7-liter V6 / AWD
$36,400 USD
QX50 Journey
3.7-liter V6 / RWD
$37,200 USD
QX50 AWD Journey
3.7-liter V6 / AWD
$38,600 USD
Destination and Handling $995 USD

For full information on the 2015 Infiniti QX70 and QX50, please go to InfinitiNews.com.

About Infiniti Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in approximately 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan and the United States. Production in China and Europe will start soon along with the expansion of the brand's portfolio. As the Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Infiniti has a far-reaching technical collaboration with the Formula One team, and Sebastian Vettel, its four-time World Champion driver, serves as Infiniti's Director of Performance.

More information about Infiniti, its Total Ownership Experience® and its industry leading technologies can be found at www.infiniti.com. For the latest news on Infiniti, visitInfinitiNews.com, "like" Infiniti on Facebook or follow the brand on Twitter @InfinitiUSA. For interesting content on Infiniti in Formula One visit: www.infiniti-gp.com, www.youtube.com/InfinitiGP or follow on Twitter @InfinitiGP.

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      • 7 Months Ago
      The FX (no, I will not call it the "QX70") has remained one of my absolute favorite cars ever since it first came to market. I think it's hard to argue that the second generation improved on the exterior appearance of the first, but it remains right near the top of the list of cars I'd buy if I won the lottery. Daringly stylish, fast, and fairly practical, with a V6 that revs over 7k...it's just about perfect.
      • 5 Months Ago
      I had 2FX50S and loved them, powerful, sounds unbelievable . Now in a QX70S, 2014, miss the music box but love the drive train,5.0L. I have 2 years to find a new ride with 400 horse, hopefully Infiniti will give me a twin turbo or the larger V8. But if not I will get used to an X5... PLEASE wake up and give consumers what a few of us want. Thanks for the ash trays
      Justin Campanale
      • 7 Months Ago
      Anyone who doubts Infiniti's viability as a BMW competitor needs to test drive a V8 equipped Q70/QX70. The 5.6 is an incredible engine with an equally amazing soundtrack. It is refined and quiet enough for cruising, and once things get heated, it is much more rewarding and provides much better aural feedback than just about any luxury V8 motor. A Q45 successor with this engine can't come soon enough.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        As an owner of a new 2013 M56S who cross shopped between a 2013 550i...yep. Motor is superbly refined, but the tach moves quick if you're not paying attention.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Still ugly. In need of a major makeover.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Let me get this ... ugly , NO V8 , and with tax $50K !! RUN !!!
      • 7 Months Ago
      God this thing looks terrible. I remember how fresh and interesting the original FX looked back in 2003 when it debuted, nothing else on the road looked like it (for better or worse, but I was a fan). This new one still retains the same profile, but the front & rear just look awful.
        • 7 Months Ago
        The FX/QX is absolutely gorgeous, your like of taste has no bearing on the wider perception of the vehicle.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Things like this are bad for everyone except the manufacturer's profit margin. You wonder who a buyer/leaser thinks he is impressing. Is this de rigueur in the gated community? Does this make Infinity look good or look like a laughing stock? Does it provide useful transportation on congested roads (and yes, this is clearly aimed at wealthy suburbanites)? Is it a display of excess in everything (mass, girth, blingy fitttings, wide alloy wheels)?
        • 7 Months Ago
        You can apply most of your comments to breast implants, yet most people are happy with them regardless of how superficial they may appear to others.
        • 7 Months Ago
          • 7 Months Ago
          I think the comment referred to the entire QX 70, regardless to the power plant within.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Forced induction is the future. Nissan/Infinity (and many others) are behind on this and need to abandon inefficient, naturally aspirated, large displacement guzzlers ASAP. This is a great step forward, Infiniti.
      Tim Thomson
      • 7 Months Ago
      This is the only coupe like SUV that looks good, others are just sooooo ugly, especially BMW x6...
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Tim Thomson
        This comes pretty close to X6 ugly
      • 7 Months Ago
      keep doing mild facelifts to decade old models while increasing the number in the model name to make it sound more expensive. it's a winning strategy.
      • 7 Months Ago
      The MPG STILL sucks as stated. A V6 should be doing so much better.
      • 7 Months Ago
      After friends with 90 and 91 Infiniti Q45s with V8s I decided I would never buy an Infiniti without the V8. Just incredible cars…the 5.0 V8 should be an option in the G cars…G37 my azz…I wanted a G50…but not to be.
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