Infiniti’s luxury sedan will no longer be on sale for the 2020 model year.
Last year, Infiniti pulled the plug on the Q70 Hybrid. If you were on the fence about buying a conventionally-powered version of the luxury sedan, you may want to act fast. According to Motor Authority, the Infiniti Q70 will no longer be sold for the 2020 model year, meaning it's been axed completely.
Infiniti hasn't officially announced the demise of the Q70, but its death doesn't come as a surprise when you look at the dismal sales figures. In the first nine months of 2019, Infiniti sold just 2,196 units of the Q70 in the US, compared to 3,476 in the same period last year.
In contrast, the full-size QX80 SUV sold 14,203 units during the same nine-month period in 2019, up from 13,377 the previous year. It's a clear reflection of changing market trends, as consumers favor larger SUVs and crossovers over sedans. An Infiniti spokesperson confirmed to Motor Authority the automaker will "continue to focus on consumer demand with a line of sport utility vehicles, while also remaining committed to the passenger car market with the Q60 sports sedan and Q60 sports coupe."
The Q70 was launched back in 2011 when it was originally sold as the Infiniti M. It was later rebranded as the Q70 in 2014 and has remained more or less the same ever since.
Currently, the Q70 is available with either a 3.7-liter V6 producing 330 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque or a 5.6-liter V8 with 416 hp and 414 lb-ft of torque paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The luxury sedan is also available with either rear- or all-wheel-drive as well as an extended wheelbase.
The 2019 Infiniti Q70 starts at just over $50,000 but expect prices to plummet as dealers will want to get rid of remaining inventories. Infiniti may not be abandoning the sedan segment entirely, however, as the QS Inspiration Concept previewed a sleek electric luxury sedan that could replace the Q70 in the future.