2016 Infiniti QX70S Black 1

This is the 2016 Infiniti QX70S, currently on display at the Bangsar Shopping Centre. It’s essentially the QX70 with the sport package from last year, but with some model year changes that add to the sporty flavour.

Looking like a member of Bruce Wayne’s fleet in black here (not everyone’s cup of tea, other hues are available), the latest QX70S comes with dark highlights on the headlights, front grille, fog light surrounds, side air vents, lower side sills and tailgate. All these elements were previously in chrome or tinted chrome.

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The silver roof rails are now in black, and completing an all-black appearance are the six-spoke 21-inch wheels, which are now in gloss black. The huge rims with 265/45 tyres (20-inch on the GT) and red ‘S’ emblem are unique to the Sport pack.

Inside, the all-black cabin is now accented by stitching in Infiniti’s signature purple colour, just like Sebastian Vettel’s old company car. The new threads can be found on the steering wheel, door grips, door cards, gear gaiter, armrests and quilted leather seats. The cabin stitching was previously in a much less striking bronze-like colour. These changes are only for the QX70S; it’s status quo for the GT and GT Premium.

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The Infiniti QX70 is powered by a 3.7 litre V6 engine with 320 hp and 360 Nm. The naturally-aspirated VVEL engine is paired to a seven-speed auto and there’s AWD. 0-100 km/h is done in 6.8 seconds while top speed is 235 km/h.

As the range topper, the QX70S gets all that the GT Premium has, which includes an 11-speaker Bose stereo with 10 GB Music Box, HDD navi with eight-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, Around View Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning with Prevention and Intelligent Brake Assist with collision warning.

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Besides the above-mentioned exterior cues, Sport pack exclusive items are active dampers (Infiniti calls theirs Continuous Damping Control) with Auto/Sport modes and sport seats with adjustable side bolsters and thigh support.

Interestingly, the price of this CBU from Japan crossover is now listed as RM470,000 on-the-road without insurance. That’s RM30,000 lower than the RM500,000 previously quoted for the QX70S. A check at Infiniti’s website shows reduction for the other variants too, from RM435,000 to RM390,000 (RM45k less) for the base GT and from RM470,000 to RM435,000 (RM35k less) for the GT Premium.

2015 Infiniti QX70S