Intentionally or not, Infiniti was one of the first car companies to launch something we call a coupe crossover these days. Of course, we are talking about the good-old FX model, which was launched back in 2003, when nobody was aware of the segment that’s becoming more and more popular these days. Later, the model was renamed the QX70 and was in production until a few years ago. That’s why the rumors about its comeback are getting louder these days. However, the officials are still quiet on this matter.
At this point, we can only speculate about this model but one of the rare things that seem pretty obvious is that, if it arrives, the new 2022 Infiniti QX70 would have a lot of things in common with the next-generation QX60. The mid-size seven-seater is about to receive a complete overhaul soon and we will see a lot of new things that would eventually be implemented into this particular model.
While rumors suggest this model could arrive already in the next year, we are not sure if things could happen that fast.
2022 Infiniti QX70 Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2022 Infiniti QX70 would have a lot of things in common with the next-generation QX60. This particularly refers to mechanics. First of all, this means it would ride on a good-old D platform, which would get significant updates on this occasion. The two models would share the chassis and suspension, as well as the powertrain. Moreover, we expect to see the same wheelbase as well, which would mean around 114 inches in wheelbase.
Also, this platform would mean a significant departure from the previous model in terms of the layout. Practically, the new model would become a front-wheel-drive vehicle. How is going to affect the ride, it’s hard to say. The fact is that most premium crossovers of this size, especially those with sloping roofs, use an RWD layout. This may be a kind of a handicap for the 2022 Infiniti QX70, or maybe not?
Even though we are far away even from rendering photos, some key things about the styling seem easy to predict. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the coupe-like styling. We presume the new 2022 Infiniti QX70 would take a lot of inspiration from the previous generation, which features a quite sleek and curvy shape. Something similar should happen to the new model, which should use the same formula that combines that sloping roof with a pretty long hood.
The other thing that comes to mind is the front end. We presume it would look pretty similar to the recent concept version of the QX60. The two SUVs would look pretty much the same from the front, though there’s always room for unique styling solutions.
Once again, we should look at the QX60. The new generation of the three-row SUV has been spotted on the road and we can even see some spy shots that show the interior layout. The center stack is the most visible area and it shows a large horizontally-oriented tablet-like infotainment screen, as well as a lot of physical buttons, particularly for climate controls and similar things. Also, we can see a new gear knob, which replaces the traditional lever. Also, we expect to see a digital instrument screen, along with general improvement in terms of materials, build quality and similar things. We believe that the 2022 Infiniti QX70’s interior wouldn’t look any different in this aspect.
On the other side, we would see just two rows instead of three, as well as a smaller cargo area, due to the sloping roof. Of course, the rear-seat headroom could be compromised for the same reason.
2022 Infiniti QX70 Engine
This aspect should bring any bigger surprises. We expect that the 2022 Infiniti QX70 would feature the same engine as its 7-seater counterpart. That means a good-old 3.5-liter V6, which puts out around 295 horsepower. That’s a quite respectable amount of power, which should ensure solid acceleration and overall performance. On the other side, a big change will come in terms of transmission. While the current QX60 uses a CVT gearbox, the new one will come with ZF’s 9-speed automatic, which will make a significant difference in terms of performance and ride quality. The same transmission would be installed in QX70.
Some sources also suggest the possibility to see a 3.0-liter turbo V6 in the offer as an option. However, chances to see this 400-hp engine in the new coupe crossover aren’t that big in our opinion.
2022 Infiniti QX70 Release Date and Price
The 2022 Infiniti QX70 is just a rumor for now. The officials are still quiet, while rumors suggest its arrival in the near future. We don’t believe it could come so soon. However, if it arrives, we presume that the base price would go somewhere between 55.000 and 60.000 dollars. Key competitors would be models like BMW X6, Audi Q8 etc.