By on July 24, 2017

Infiniti QX70 2015

Infiniti is closing the casket lid on the QX70 after a lifetime of middling sales. Despite being on the cutting edge of the premium crossover craze, the model never garnered the same attention — or praise — it received when it was still called the FX.

Dealerships have been notified by the manufacturer that the model won’t return for 2018. The news was later confirmed by an Infiniti spokesperson who explained the brand wanted to focus its attention on the QX50 — which typically outsells the QX70 by a factor of two-to-one in any given month. The automaker sold 16,299 QX50s in North America in 2016, while only delivering 6,742 examples of the midsize QX70.

It’s a long fall from the pre-recession numbers enjoyed when the model was still referred to as the FX. However, even then, the performance-oriented SUV peaked abruptly at 33,282 deliveries in 2003 and struggled to break 10,000 units just a few years later. The initial blow can be attributed largely to the economic downturn while the second likely has something to do with its place in the market.

A bit of a novelty when it came out, the premium crossover/SUV category has grown significantly since Infiniti devised the FX/QX70. It’s now filled with upmarket rivals wearing coveted badges.

While news of Infiniti euthanizing the QX70 is sudden, it’s not entirely unexpected. In addition to the lagging sales stats, the model has been around since 2009 under various monikers. The brand was expected to bring out a replacement within the next few years and that still appears to be the case. According to Automotive News, inside sources have indicated a replacement crossover will arrive in 2021 or 2022, based on the Nissan Murano.

Meanwhile, Infiniti will attempt to rework the QX50 into a more attractive offering for 2018. Perhaps not the most attractive compact crossover at present, the updated model promises a variable compression engine and new platform. The brand also plans to revamp the QX80 SUV by making it more crossover-like within the next few years.

[Image: Infiniti]

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33 Comments on “The Sun Sets on Infiniti’s QX70, Not That You’ll Mind...”


  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    ” inside sources have indicated a replacement crossover will arrive in 2021 or 2022, based on the Nissan Murano.”

    Ugh.

    “The brand also plans to revamp the QX80 SUV by making it more crossover-like within the next few years.”

    UGH!

    Continue to neuter all your offerings, Infiniti. It’s just what will drop you right down into the same boat as Acura.

    • 0 avatar
      aquaticko

      Seriously! The original FX was such a striking car, and the redesign did quite well aesthetically (to my eyes), too. If they hadn’t let it become so outdated, I’m sure it’d have loads better. I’d still buy one, just for the pleasure of owning something so nonsensical and unusual, yet vaguely practical, with a V6 that revs to 7500rpm. I hate to use the word “character”, yet undeniably, this had it.

      • 0 avatar
        TeslaS

        We used to own TWO 2003 model. But after redesign said NO. Used to look like cat, started to look like fish. Mileage was dismal 13-14 mpg, and never changed to the better. Price went up and became comparable with X5 without same options and same crappy 10-way seats. Bye bye.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      Yea, better for Infiniti’s RWD crossovers to languish and be outsold by Acura’s offerings 3:1. No… they have to chase the market. Besides, no crossover will ever handle like a Z or modified G/M/Q50/Q70; better to play to the form’s strengths. These things can do what the Murano failed at- take the Maxima’s underrated playfulness and pep and put it into a family friendly package. I think it’s the right move.

    • 0 avatar

      Add this to the fact that they’ve already debuted the next QX50 and it’s a neutered version of its former self. The old QX50/EX may not have been pretty but dammit, it was a beautifully built V6 RWD rocket with decent dynamics. Now we get an Infiniti RDX (minus the standard V6).

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    Right. This is one of Nissan / Infinit’s 2009-2011 era products that it let get seriously out-of-date, and that’s why it sells so poorly. The others are the 370Z and the M / Q70.

    As for its replacement, I think the QX Sport concept from last year is a good preview.

    https://www.infinitiusa.com/suv/qx-sport-inspiration/

  • avatar

    I got an FX 35 early in the model run, as a rental in Montana. The v6 and the powertrain were well up to the task of the Montanabahn, and the only thing we didn’t like was the trunk area was tiny. Still, you are replacing this with the turd that is Murano ? Why not go all the way and just bling up the Rogue ? No one will care.

    • 0 avatar
      dmoan

      Because Murano inspite of being over priced sells quite well.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        overpriced? yea! But with $6000 discount is about right, or is it?

        • 0 avatar
          dmoan

          Considering it has less cargo space than supposed “compact” SUV Rogue the pricing point makes no sense. And also it is underpowered ( better than rogue I suppose ) and for some reason everyone who drives a Murano thinks they are driving performance SUV. I had one trying to cut me off the other day.,

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            dmoan,

            Murano has never been a hauler. It has always been “a car on stilts”. It has been standing for style and car-like performance. On your second concern, all I can say is that you always going to suffer from being cut by POS car. If lets say some AMG v12 would cut you, you would say, “ooh! wow! did you see that? its cool $h1t!”.
            Last night I was racing light to light against new Civic Hatch. And he beat me every time, unless I caught him on light change. We went for 6-7 miles. I was like, “this POS Civic beats my Mazda3”. But then I realized that he had 25-30 more hps and torque. Damn!

          • 0 avatar
            dmoan

            @slavuta

            I wouldn’t mind if AMG overtakes because it is damn fast but Murano is not. My RDX can run circles around it and i am more scared he will clip my back than anything…

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            dmoan,

            dude, didn’t I just said the same thing? :-)

          • 0 avatar
            dmoan

            Yes replying for the heck of it :p

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      The Pathfinder and its QX60 sister are already on a stretched version of the Murano architecture, itself a relative to the Altima.

      I think Infiniti could do another RWD-based performance SUV just fine if they tried, but the QX70 was more or less left to wither on the vine after a few years.

      • 0 avatar

        “The Pathfinder and its QX60 sister are already on a stretched version of the Murano architecture, itself a relative to the Altima.”

        Yes, but all of those cars are turds. Both dynamically, and in terms of quality and reliability.

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          Sure. I’m just saying that it’s not as though this is the first “Murano-based” SUV Infiniti has made.

          Given the choice for a large transverse-engined luxury crossover, my pick would either be the XC90 or the MDX, as both of them look handsome and drive excellently.

          • 0 avatar
            Corey Lewis

            MDX!

            Interesting to think how their market share of Japanese 3-row (nearly all of it) will be challenged when the RX350-L comes out, or whatever they’ll call it.

  • avatar
    Sigivald

    It can’t help that their naming convention makes it hard to even remember what vehicle is what, compared to the old one.

    (“Are you BMW or Audi? No? Then *stop that*.”)

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    Always wanted one. Guess I wont be getting one now. I will keep the Q70L V8 on my list though. Maybe if I can come up on some luck I can have both..lol

    • 0 avatar
      Dave M.

      I’ve done a 180 over the years and really like it’s lines now. I wouldn’t mind picking up and off-lease QX70 when junior takes over my car. Although the “trunk” is pretty useless….

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    Rented one from National Car last month. The vehicle was oddly devoid of frills. Must have been a base stripper – Bad move for a luxury brand. It was fun to drive for a crossover, but I wouldn’t want to own one.

  • avatar
    dmoan

    I blame this on dealership incentives I remember going to Infinity dealer to buy one of these and the dealer was not willing to budge on MSRP even though they were sitting in the lot for a while. While in other hand they were Pushing Q60 with heavy incentives even though I didn’t want three row SUV.

  • avatar
    mcw

    I loved the FX35 when it was released and bought my friends loaded 2004 version in 2007. We affectionately called it “the beast.” Such a great exhaust note on the car – you could hear it down the street.

    On the plus side, unique styling, great stereo, fast.

    On the minus side, poor mpg, rough handling and would spin out in the rain (rear wheel drive), oddly little cargo space.

    Overall though very fond memories of the car that I sold in 2011 for about $6,000 less than I bought it for. Got four problem free and fun years out of the car at about $1,500 a year in depreciation.

  • avatar
    MLS

    RIP, bionic cheetah.

  • avatar
    AVT

    To me, this car died when they renamed it the q70 and dropped the fx50. I really liked the original generation and the fx50 was truly something special. It’s performance for the price made it a real gem. Maybe in a few years, I’ll start looking at used ones.

  • avatar
    Joshua Johnson

    As the owner of a 2014 QX70S with the 5.0, and a FX50S before that, I am disappointed in Infiniti for dropping this model without a swan song edition of some sort.

    After my FX50 was totaled in an accident, I spent a long time searching for a replacement. This included seriously looking at the competition. At one point I was extremely close to pulling the trigger on a Jaguar F-Pace (as Jags are by far my favorite), but in the end I really wanted another V8. This left Porsche with its engineering marvel the Cayenne, and BMW with the X5 and X6. Already having one high maintenance car in my stable and enjoying the relative reliability of the Infiniti during the time I owned the FX50, I declined both and just kept my eyes out for a final model year run of the 5.0 in the renamed QX70. Now that I have one again, I am glad I waited. Additionally, my particular example is painted a beautiful Iridium Blue that gleams in the sun like nothing else.

    I knew the FX/QX70 was not long for this world since it put style and performance first, and there are compromises to be had for interior space and refinement as a result. Nevertheless, I was hoping against hope for a final run being fitted with the new twin turbo six: a QX70 Red Sport. Instead, the final models are being fitted with spiffed up items from the parts bin. A sad end to the model that started the segment of performance crossovers (or high riding wagons as I call them).

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