Paris Motor Show 2014: Infiniti

  • Q70 gets facelift including new diesel engine
  • Exterior tweaks and quieter cabin
  • Q80 Inspiration hints towards future Infiniti model

Cars on show: Q70, Q80 Insipration Concept

Infiniti Q70 (pictured above)

The Q70 – which until the start of 2013 was called the Infiniti M – gets a refresh to try and keep up with the seriously tough larger saloon sector which includes the likes of the BMW 5 Series, the Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class.

There are new front and rear bumper designs along with Infiniti LED headlights to mark the updated Q70 from earlier models. 

The firm has worked on the Q70’s refinement too, promising a better-insulated cabin and better ride quality too thanks to reworked suspension.

A 360-degree parking camera is now on offer, while the hybrid powertrain available goes slightly longer than before on electric drive. 

You’ve got the option of a 2.2-litre diesel engine too, making 167bhp and 400Nm of torque. There’s no word on fuel economy or CO2 output at this time, though.

Deliveries start in December, with pricing and efficiency statistics available closer to the launch.

Infiniti Q80

The Q80 Inspiration concept is a swooping, four-door study the firm hopes will worry the likes of Mercedes and its CLS or BMW and its 6 Series Gran Coupe. 

Wearing 22-inch alloys and an unmistakably ‘concept car’ exterior, this obviously isn’t too close to a production model. However, there’s definite intent there for a flagship car to sit at the top of Infiniti – itself the premium wing of Japanese car giant Nissan. The firm claims this will lead to a car it will build.

A light chassis and adaptive suspension appear to indicate it’s a car to be taken seriously.