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Infiniti Pulls The Plug On The Q70 Hybrid

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Now you can only get the mid-size luxury sedan with a conventional V6 or V8.

Want to get your hands on an Infiniti Q70 Hybrid? Too bad, because the Japanese luxury automaker is discontinuing the model for the US market.

The Q70 is one of Infiniti's slowest sellers. Last year, it sold just 5,772 examples of the Q70 (including all versions) in the US, making the model its slowest seller. Last month, it sold just 364 of them – just ahead of the 292 examples of the aging QX70 crossover. Though Infiniti doesn't break down its sales figures by engine variant, the hybrid version evidently accounted for only a small portion of that small number.

So in revealing its otherwise largely unchanged lineup for 2019, the manufacturer announced that "the previously available Q70 Hybrid is no longer offered." The departure of the Q70 Hybrid from the lineup leaves the Q50 as the only Infiniti available with an electric assist.

That leaves the conventional 3.7-liter V6 and 5.6-liter V8 as the only engine options available for either the standard-wheelbase Q70 or the lengthened Q70L. All told, eight versions will be offered, combining two engines, two wheelbase lengths, and two drivetrain options (rear- or all-wheel drive) – but they're all under the same Luxe trim level.

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The current Q70 was launched back in 2011, when it was sold as the Infiniti M. It was rebranded as the Q70 in 2014, but has carried on as essentially the same model all along.

The M35h and Q70 Hybrid paired a 3.5-liter V6 with an electric motor to deliver a combined 360 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, making it more powerful than the Q70 3.7 but less potent than the Q70 5.6. Diesel versions are also offered overseas, but not in the US.