What is it?
It’s a China-only Infiniti M that’s been stretched between the hubs and renamed to fit the luxury brand’s new naming structure. Infiniti saloons, coupés and cabrios will shortly get a ‘Q’ prefix, and its SUVs will start with ‘QX’. We’ve already had an early turn in the Q50 (replacement for the G-series compact saloon), which is the only model in the range to benefit from a thorough reworking to coincide with the name change.
When the M becomes the Q70 (which will, conversely, be no more than a badge change), there won’t be a long-wheelbase version in the UK, but Infiniti’s continuing quest to be a leader in the luxury sector and to gain a foothold against the likes of the BMW 5-series, Mercedes E-class and Jaguar XF in the mid-size saloon sector could conspire to bring a Q70L to our shores at a later date.
We already rate the M-series for its big-car agility, luxury interior finish and hushed touring ability, but despite generous levels of kit, the price tag is hard to justify, and it falls marginally short of the competition in myriad other ways. One of those criteria is rear cabin space, which is tackled head-on by the Q70L’s extra 150mm in wheelbase.