No Infiniti QX70 (née FX) for 2018
Company to Focus on Marketing the Upcoming QX50
Infiniti has cancelled the QX70 crossover effective immediately, according to Automotive News, in order to focus on its upcoming QX50. As such, 2017 will be the final model year for the QX70, which was formerly known as the FX.
According to the news outlet, the company is axing the QX70 to shift marketing focus and consumer attention to the all-new QX50, due late this year as a 2018 model and featuring the brand's all-new variable-compression engine. The move will help Infiniti claim a much fresher crossover lineup, as the QX70 has been on the market in its same basic form since 2009 and the current QX50 since 2008. The company’s other utility offerings are a bit newer; the QX80 was last redesigned for 2011, while the Nissan Pathfinder–based QX60 was introduced for 2013.
The QX70 may make a return early in the next decade, according to sources speaking to Automotive News. Insiders within Infiniti seemed to infer that the next QX70 would retain its predecessors’ sleek, fastback styling, but the new model is tipped to make the switch to the same platform as the front/all-wheel-drive Nissan Murano crossover. If we’re honest, that news is a bit saddening, as the current QX70 shares DNA with much sportier metal, the Nissan 370Z sports car. Replacing what could logically be considered a Z-car SUV with a luxed-up Murano would be a bit of a letdown to devotees of the brand.
The FX created quite a stir when it was revealed for the 2003 model year, arguably inventing the low-slung, sporty crossover segment that’s currently dominated by the likes of the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. Available with a 3.5L V-6 or 4.5L V-8, it featured brisk acceleration and nimble handling for a crossover. Redesigned for 2009, it was renamed QX70 for 2014.
Source: Automotive News