The Infiniti M became the Q70 in the spring of 2014 and received a subtle facelift to match its new identity. But only now has Infiniti reappraised its prices and substituted the slow-selling 3.0-litre diesel version for this more fuel-efficient four-cylinder diesel, which uses the same 168bhp 2.1-litre Daimler engine that you’ll find in the Q50.
The four-pot diesel repositions the Q70 in the heart of the mid-sized executive class, making it much more competitive on price and CO2 emissions with the biggest-selling versions of its German rivals.
Emitting less than 130g/km of CO2 and now available, quite well equipped, for less than £33k, the Q70 suddenly looks like a justifiable prospect for the company car drivers who make up the overwhelming majority of the class’s clientele. The Q70’s 2015-model-year facelift brought about an exterior redesign that’s more noticeable on Sport versions than our Premium Tech test car.
Nevertheless, the keen-eyed will have clocked new LED headlights and tail-lights, new front and rear bumper designs, a new ‘wave mesh’ radiator grille and a smattering of extra chrome, none of which appeared on the old M30d.