New for 2015: Infiniti
By Jeff Youngs, December 01, 2014
2015 Infiniti Overview
In many corners of the automotive world, 2015 is shaping up to be a stellar year, one that will play host to hot new pickups, hot-rodded muscle cars, and everything in between. For Infiniti, however, 2015 appears to be an opportunity for those running the auto brand to catch their breath after updating and renaming all of its models in 2014. To that point, models such as the QX50 and QX70 have been carried over unchanged, and the Q50 debuts with just a new Performance Wheel package. Positioned below the Q50 is the 2015 Q40, or what many consumers will recognize as a G37 sedan with different badges. There's a bit more activity with regard to the Q60 thanks to the introduction of a top-of-the-line Limited trim level. As for the QX60 crossover, it rolls into 2015 with an optional Wheat color interior and a retuned transmission.
Relatively speaking, the big newsmakers are the Q70 sedan and QX80 SUV. Both have been mildly restyled and treated to additional safety features, but it's the Q70 that boasts a new extended-wheelbase version (aptly named Q70L) offering more than 5 in. of extra rear-seat legroom.
2015 Infiniti Q40
Fans of the G37, or what may be better described as the Q50's predecessor, should be pleased to learn that their favored sedan has been carried over for the 2015 model year, albeit with a new name and fewer selections on the order sheet. Still offered in rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations and equipped with a 328-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine, the 2015 Infiniti Q40 can be configured with just its standard features or upgraded with Navigation Plus and Moonroof packages.
- Previous-generation G37 sedan renamed Q40
- Expected to be discontinued for 2016 model year
- Fewer package and paint color options
2015 Infiniti Q50
Significantly updated--and renamed--for 2014, the Infiniti Q50 returns for the 2015 model year almost completely unchanged, save for the addition of a Performance Wheel package consisting of 19-in. alloy wheels wrapped in performance tires. Buyers have their choice of several trim levels, ranging from the base 2015 Infiniti Q50 3.7 RWD to the Q50S Hybrid AWD.
- Performance Wheel package
2015 Infiniti Q60
The most significant news coming out of the 2015 Infiniti Q60 camp is the loss of the IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) Coupe models, which have been replaced by the Q60S Coupe Limited. With that, the lineup now boasts seven trim levels: Q60 Coupe Journey; Q60 Coupe AWD; Q60S Coupe; Q60S Coupe Limited; Q60 Convertible; Q60S Convertible; and the Q60 IPL Convertible. As is the case with the Q50, all 2015 Q60 models are fitted with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine, with output varying from 325 horsepower for the base Convertible to 343 horsepower for the IPL Convertible.
- Q60S Coupe Limited replaces discontinued IPL Coupe
- Majestic White and Hagane Blue paint colors
2015 Infiniti Q70
In terms of tweaks and updates, the Q70 has received the most attention among 2015 Infiniti models. Revised styling can be seen inside and out, highlighted by bright LED headlights and, curiously, the use of leatherette upholstery in lieu of genuine leather in the base Q70. While that would seem to be a step backward, the introduction of new safety systems will likely please luxury sedan shoppers. Among the newly available technologies are backup-collision intervention and predictive forward-collision warning systems that can apply the brakes and a 360-degree exterior camera system.
Also worthy of note is the debut of the 2015 Infiniti Q70L extended-wheelbase model, featuring an extra 5.9 in. of overall length, which translates to 5.6 in. of additional rear-seat legroom.
Gas and hybrid powertrains continue to be available, along with RWD and AWD drivetrains.
- Updated styling including LED headlights
- New Q70L extended-wheelbase model
- Hermosa Blue, Chestnut Bronze, Graphite Shadow, and Moonlight White pearl paint colors
- Standard leather upholstery replaced by leatherette
- Added safety systems
2015 Infiniti QX50
Infiniti has carried over the 5-passenger QX50 crossover unchanged for 2015. Buyers continue to have their choice of base QX50 and QX50 Journey trim levels with RWD or AWD capability and power coming from a 3.7-liter V-6 engine.
- No changes for the 2015 model year
2015 Infiniti QX60
Infiniti's version of the redesigned Nissan Pathfinder, the 7-passenger QX60 is a luxurious and family-friendly crossover available in gas and hybrid versions with either FWD or AWD capability. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard across the board. For 2015, Infiniti's engineers have worked on retuning that CVT, while designers have created a new Wheat interior color and three fresh exterior paint colors.
- Wheat interior color
- Recalibrated CVT
- Hermosa Blue, Majestic White, and Graphite Shadow paint colors
2015 Infiniti QX70
Long known as the FX, the sporty, almost aggressive-looking QX70 crossover carries over into 2015 unchanged. Under the hood is a 325-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission that directs output to the rear or all four wheels.
- No changes for the 2015 model year
2015 Infiniti QX80
Similar to the company's Q70 flagship sedan, Infiniti's flagship QX80 SUV sees mild updates for 2015, including the requisite introduction of new paint colors. Not so typical are the LED headlights and Mocha Burl wood trim, which replaces 2014's Tuscan Burl. More importantly, the 2015 Infiniti QX80 arrives with additional safety features, such as adaptive headlights, forward emergency braking, and a predictive forward-collision warning system that's capable of applying brake pressure.
Those considering the 2015 QX80 may also want to check out the new Limited package, within which Infiniti bundles dark chrome trim and 22-in. alloy wheels, illuminated running boards, Ash wood trim, leather and suede accents, and quilted leather upholstery. Other options include Driver's Assistance and Deluxe Technology packages.
- Revised interior and exterior styling including LED headlights and Mocha Burl wood trim
- Added safety systems
- Updated packages and new Limited package
- Hermosa Blue, Graphite Shadow, and Majestic White paint colors