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2015 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid news, pictures, specifications, and information

2015 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid Delivers 34 MPG and 360 Horsepower – Plus Unmatched Premium Style and Advanced Technology

Enhancements for 2015 Include Refined Exterior Styling, Revised Interior and Package Content and Additional Available Technology

The Infiniti Q70 Hybrid continues to stand out as a true luxury performance 'driver's' hybrid. For 2015, the Q70 Hybrid shares the wide range of enhancements given to the standard 2015 Infiniti Q70 – starting wîth updated exterior styling and the addition of several of Infiniti's pioneer technologies, such as Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) and Backup Collision Intervention (BCI).

The Q70 Hybrid's revised exterior includes new front and rear fascias, new grille design, Infiniti signature LED headlights, LED taillights, LED fog lights and side rearview mirrors wîth integrated LED turn signals. Three new exterior colors have also been added for 2015: Hermosa Blue, Chestnut Bronze and Graphite Shadow. A special premium Pearl finish is also available wîth the Moonlight White exterior.

The 2015 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid also includes revised interior content and trim, wîth leatherette replacing leather-appointed seating (leather-appointed seating is available wîth the Premium Package). Other changes include revised 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs and the availability of Around View® Monitor wîth Moving Object Detection (MOD) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB).

What is unchanged for the new model year is the Infiniti Q70 Hybrid's unprecedented balance of three attributes:
•Power – the innovative one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid system in the Infiniti Q70 Hybrid delivers thrilling performance and is capable of driving in pure electric mode at speeds up to 62 mph
•Luxury – maintaining the Infiniti Q70 Sedan's engaging driving feel and extensive array of standard comfort and convenience features
•Efficiency – utilizing the Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid® system, wîth a powerful yet compact Lithium-ion battery pack, advanced 3.5-liter V6 engine, 50kW electric motor, connected to an electronic 7-speed automatic transmission, helps achieve fuel economy of 34 miles per gallon Highway, 29 mpg City and 31 mpg combined

Vital Stats
Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 302 hp
Torque: 258 ft-lbs

7-speed Automatic
The Q70 Hybrid's inspired – and green – performance is based on an innovative yet elegantly simple gasoline/electric drivetrain, which ensures that zero-emissions electric propulsion is used more often, for longer periods and at higher speeds than in typical hybrids. The Q70 Hybrid can drive on electric power alone at speeds up to 62 mph and can travel on electric propulsion for up to 1.2 miles at a time. Infiniti's internal testing has shown that in mixed diving, the vehicle is able to drive in electric only mode for as much as 50% of the time.


Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid® System
At the heart of the Q70 Hybrid is a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout based around an innovative Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid® one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid system. The electric motor is rated at 50 kW (67 hp) and peak torque of 214 lb-ft (an increase from the previous year's 199 lb-ft). It acts as either a propulsion unit, alone or in tandem wîth the V6, or as a power generator.

As well as charging the battery in the normal way, the motor recovers energy otherwise lost during deceleration and braking.

The first of the two clutches is a dry clutch installed between the V6 engine and the electric motor. It facilitates full decoupling of the V6 when the car is in electric drive and power regeneration modes. Decoupling the V6 reduces mechanical losses and boosts efficiency of the electric motor. The proven 302-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 was chosen for torque characteristics (258 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm) that perfectly complement the electric motor's output. It combines wîth the electric motor and high-power battery to produce 360 horsepower (hybrid system net power).

Both the gasoline V6 and electric motor deliver their power to the rear wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The electric motor's high torque from zero rpm provides strong performance from a standing start and contributes to the sporting feel.

The Q70 Hybrid's Lithium-ion battery pack is designed to quickly alternate between charging/discharging and, size for size, offers twice as powerful as conventional Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries. Along wîth its fast charge/discharge response and 1.4 kWh capacity, the Lithium-ion battery pack is laminated to enhance the cooling performance. Temperature stability is further improved by the use of manganese positive electrodes, helping provide exceptional battery reliability.

The batteries are located behind the rear seat, but the Q70 Hybrid is one hybrid sedan wîth practical luggage room, wîth the trunk able to accommodate four golf bags or two large suitcases.

Extra weight, the bane of many hybrids, is kept in check in the Q70 Hybrid by the lightweight batteries and features such as the single electric motor, no torque converter and innovative §teering and braking systems. The weight gain over the non-hybrid Q70 has been kept down to less than 275 pounds.

Innovative Steering and Braking Systems
The Infiniti Q70 Hybrid is equipped wîth innovative §teering and braking technologies, which have been designed to deliver both environmental benefits and natural driving feel. The Hybrid Electric Power Steering is an electro-hydraulic system wîth 'on-demand' assistance. It offers the advantages of both types of §teering – the natural and smooth feel of hydraulic power §teering and the improved fuel efficiency of an electric system. The assist motor cuts in only when the wheel is turned, further boosting efficiency. The system is more compact and lighter than traditional power §teering set-ups, achieved by integrating multiple parts. In addition, the Hybrid Electric Power Steering system helps reduce fuel consumption by approximately two percent.

The Electric Driven Intelligent Brake system is similarly designed primarily to suit sport sedan buyers' needs, while at the same time contributing to the Q70 Hybrid's efficient operation.

An electric booster motor is utilized to operate the brake cylinders, saving mass that would otherwise be added by a reserve pressure tank. The primary benefit of the system is that by controlling both regenerative and friction braking, depending on motor operation and battery condition, the Infiniti Q70 Hybrid operates more efficiently – recovering otherwise wasted energy. The simplicity of these elegant mechanical solutions, wîth their emphasis on compactness, lightweight and fewer parts, is made possible by advanced computerized control.

The Q70 Hybrid utilizes the proven FM (Front Mid-ship) platform, along wîth the Q70's independent double-wishbone design in front and multi-link independent system in the rear. The suspension system also features front and rear stabilizer bars and double-piston shock absorbers that have been specially tuned for use wîth the Q70 Hybrid.

Newly designed 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and 245/50R18 all-season performance tires are standard.

The Infiniti Q70 Hybrid also offers a standard feature to help alert pedestrians to its presence. The Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians (VSP) system uses a range of distinctive sounds to help alert pedestrians that the vehicle is approaching. VSP automatically works from start-up to approximately 15 miles per hour, cutting back in at approximately 15 miles per hour as the vehicle slows.

Exterior and Interior Design: Pure Infiniti
Like the gasoline engine-equipped Infiniti Q70, the 2015 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid features an elegant yet sporty exterior and interior design. The new dramatic exterior design gives the premium sedan an even more upscale image. The front of the Q70 Hybrid includes new LED headlights, new double-arch grille wîth high-quality waved mesh finish and chrome surround, new front bumper and integrated LED fog lights. The redesigned rear features new LED combination lights, new trunklid shape and chrome rear finisher.

As in previous years, the balanced, rear-wheel drive proportions and stance, wîth a long, low hood and high rear deck, provides a roomy cabin, uncompromised by the Q70 Hybrid's compact battery design (located behind the rear seat).

The deep body shape of the fenders and doors give the Q70 sedan a powerful look unlike anything on the road. The wave-style doors are constructed from aluminum for light weight, despite the material's difficult formability. Other exterior features include an expressive, signature Infiniti double-arch upright low grille and crystal-look headlight clusters, and a wave-like trunk wîth a high aerodynamic performance that works like a spoiler to increase downforce.

Standard exterior features include a power sliding tinted glass moonroof wîth one-touch open/close, tilt feature and sliding sunshade, dual exhaust wîth polished tips, power-folding heated outside mirrors wîth reverse tilt-down and integrated LED turn signals, rain-sensing variable intermittent front windshield wipers and courtesy lamps built into the outside door handles.

An Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) wîth auto-leveling headlights is available as part of the Technology Package.

The 2015 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid is offered in eight available exterior colors: Hermosa Blue, Chestnut Bronze, Malbec Black, Liquid Platinum, Graphite Shadow, Storm Front Grey, Black Obsidian and Moonlight White wîth premium pearl finish

Inside, the Infiniti Q70 Hybrid's instrument panel features hybrid-unique instrument meters, meter display and IT screen displays, providing battery and other essential system information. It allows the driver to view hybrid system and available navigation system information simultaneously. Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges, gear-like rings on the instrument cluster meters and Infiniti analog clock complete the elegant design.

The Q70 Hybrid interior also offers standard leatherette seats (leather-appointed seats are offered wîth the Premium Package), heated 10-way power driver and front passenger's seats including 2-way power lumbar support, and dual occupant memory system for the driver's seat, §teering wheel and outside mirrors. An entry/exit assist system for the driver's seat and §teering wheel, heated front seats, sequential welcome lighting illuminated entry system and dual-zone automatic temperature also contribute to the Q70 Hybrid's outstanding level of standard luxury appointments.

Standard technology equipment includes Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Infiniti Intelligent Key wîth Illuminated Push Button Ignition, HomeLink® Úniversal Transceiver and RearView Monitor.

Other interior highlights include a large center console, power windows wîth one-touch up/down and auto-reverse feature, power door locks wîth automatic locking feature, power trunk release, retained accessory power for windows and moonroof, standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) and 6-speaker audio system wîth AM/FM/CD, Radio Data System (RDS), ÚSB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices, §teering wheel audio controls and speed-sensitive volume control.

The Q70 Hybrid also features a standard Active Noise Control system, which generates 'canceling' sound from four door speakers (and subwoofer for models equipped wîth a Bose® sound system) to reduce unpleasant engine harmonics. Four interior colors are offered wîth the Q70 Hybrid depending on which options are selected – Graphite, Stone, Java or Wheat.

The Premium Package adds an Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System wîth 8.0-inch WVGA color touch-screen display, NavTraffic wîth Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather wîth Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) and Around View® Monitor wîth Moving Object Detection.

The Premium Package also includes a Bose® 2-channel 10-speaker premium audio system, heated §teering wheel and climate-controlled front seats. The Infiniti Connection telematics system includes the Infiniti Personal Assistant, a 24/7 personal concierge service that is offered at no charge for the first four years of ownership.

The Deluxe Touring Package adds such notable features as the Bose® Studio Surround® sound system wîth digital 5.1-channel decoding and 16 speakers (including two personal speakers mounted in the shoulders of each front seat), power rear sunshade, unique quilted seat pattern wîth contrasting piping and additional seat bolstering, suede-like headliner and a premium stitched meter hood.

The Deluxe Touring Package also features semi-aniline leather and specially developed soft touch material for the armrests, door inserts, center console and kneepads. The Deluxe Touring Package's genuine White Ash wood trim has been enhanced wîth real silver powder (Japanese Ash wood trim is offered on Q70 Hybrid models without the Deluxe Touring Package).

Like the gasoline-powered Q70, the Q70 Hybrid is available wîth a number of innovative technologies as part of the Technology Package, including Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems, Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot Intervention® (BSI) systems, Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) and Predictive Forward Collision Warning (FPCW).

Other available safety features include Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) wîth Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

In addition, every 2015 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid comes equipped wîth standard Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) wîth dual-stage supplemental front air bags wîth seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor; standard front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; and standard roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.

Also included are standard 3-point seat belts wîth Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) and Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) (driver's seat ELR only), front seat belts wîth pretensioners and load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints wîth 4-way manual adjustments, along wîth Zone Body construction wîth front and rear crumple zones and LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren).

Source - Infiniti
 
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