Infiniti darkens down QX70S Design for Paris debutFri, 12 Sep 2014 10:15:00 EST
Dig the Infiniti QX70 but wish it were just a touch more low-key? Infiniti will have the answer at the fast-approaching Paris Motor Show, where it will launch the QX70S Design.
Based on the vehicle erstwhile known as the FX, the QX70S Design gets dark chrome all over: on the grille, foglight surrounds, side air vents, side sills and license plate surround. The headlights are smoked and the 21-inch six-spoke wheels, roof rails and mirror caps are painted black.
The darkened treatment continues inside with black lacquer trim and black leather with purple stitching. The S Design otherwise gets all the equipment of the S Premium model. It goes on sale in Europe right after its debut in Paris, and while we're told this trim isn't planned for the North American market, there's no telling what the future will hold.
NEW INFINITI QX70S DESIGN: MORE HEAD-TURNING THAN EVER
Rolle - Dark chrome is the new black for the Infiniti QX70S Design which has its premiere at the Paris Motor Show.
Adding a definite bad-boy spirit to the elegant sportiness of the QX70, the new S Design edition builds on the provocative, design-led ethos of the standard QX70 – the original full-size luxury crossover to embody the athletic dynamism of a sports car.
The antidote to SUV boxiness and blandness, the QX70 in new S Design form features everything that has made the QX70 such a global hit – including its long-bonnet proportions, flowing lines and powerful stance – but with a designer twist for a bespoke new look.
Dark chrome is the key to unlocking the QX70's dark side. It is used for the grille, foglight surrounds, side air scoops, side sills and rear numberplate surround, endowing the shapely body with a technical finish that perfectly complements the car's seductive character. The headlights have a new smoked finish while wheels for the S-design are 21-inch six-spoke alloys finished in black, to match the black roof rails and black mirrors.
In S Design form the Infiniti QX70 is more head-turning than ever, making a striking and very singular SUV statement.
The S Design theme continues in the cabin with black lacquer finish on the centre console and purple stitching for seats, steering, wheel, armrest and door trims. With the lavish equipment of the S-Premium model included as standard in every S Design version, the cabin's luxury character is enhanced while retaining all the driver focus and intuitive control for which the Infiniti QX70 is known.
Power, response and agility characterize how the QX70S Design is to drive, its athletic bearing extending to a real athlete's ability on the most demanding of roads. Powerful V6 engines, in either petrol or diesel forms, advanced chassis, balanced handling, and precise steering and gear control – the latter via Infiniti's much imitated but never bettered magnesium paddle shifters on the steering column – guarantee every drive is a rewarding drive.
The Infiniti QX70S Design range goes on sale in selected countries in West Europe immediately following its première at the Paris Motor Show, putting Infiniti on course to set more sales records this year.
By Noah Joseph
See also: Infiniti names former BMW man Kruger to fill de Nysschen role, Infiniti previews new Q80 Inspiration concept ahead of Paris debut, 2015 Infiniti Q70L.