No brand seems immune from the shift in consumer demand away from sedans, including Infiniti. The Japanese luxury brand has confirmed its Q70 large sedan will not return for the 2020 model year.
News of the Q70’s death was first reported by Motor Authority, who confirmed with an Infiniti spokesperson that the Q70 is indeed gone for good. The move comes as little surprise, given Infiniti axed the plug-in hybrid variant of the Q70 for the 2019 model year.
Year-to-date sales of the Q70 are down versus 2018, with Infiniti dealerships moving less than 2,200 units thus far in 2019. With volumes that low, it is likely difficult for Infiniti to make a business case for keeping this sedan. Meanwhile, sales of the QX80 full-size SUV have risen year-to-date.
Most recently the Q70 was available in rear and all-wheel-drive configurations, along with both V-6 and V-8 engine options. Infiniti also offered a long-wheelbase variant of the sedan.
Infiniti does not appear to have a direct successor for the Q70 sedan. Most recently, Infiniti showed off the Q Inspiration concept, which in form is a large electric sedan. Infiniti has already confirmed most of its future is electric, so expect any large sedan from Infiniti going forward to be powered by electrons.