The Sun Sets on Infiniti's QX70, Not That You'll Mind
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.
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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.
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).