Automakers seem to be whacking models left and right these days. Now it’s Infiniti’s turn, which has announced there will not be a 2018 QX70 SUV. The brand is axing the QX70 in an effort to streamline its lineup and focus on the QX50.
Infiniti is slated to launch a totally redesigned QX50 in 2018. As such, the brand apparently feels like it is best off to focus all of its marketing dollars to the QX50 than to have to continue supporting it and the QX70. Although this comes as a bit of a surprise, the QX70 has largely been unchanged since 2009; quite a stretch in today’s premium market.
That said, Infiniti did launch a premium version of the QX70 dubbed the Limited model at last year’s New York Auto Show.
Both the QX50 and QX70 is based on Nissan’s FM platform, which is the same rear-wheel-drive architecture that rests under the Nissan 370Z. Word on the street is that Infiniti will offer a replacement for the QX70 sometime after 2020 based on the platform that underpins the front-wheel-drive Nissan Murano.
So while most automakers are adding crossovers and SUVs to their product portfolio, Infiniti is removing one. Perhaps an odd move on the surface, but one that will likely make more sense next year when the new QX50 arrives.