The Q70 Hybrid is powered by 3.5-liter V6 engine and a 50-kilowatt electric motor that together produce 360 horsepower. With that kind of output, you needn't worry about performance in this hybrid. Zero to 60 mph happens in 5.5 seconds, which is actually faster than gasoline V6 Q70 and within a few tenths of a second of the V8 model. Of course, the main benefit of the hybrid setup is its 31 mpg in combined driving, an exceptional figure for a luxury sedan of this ability.
The standard seven-speed automatic transmission offers four different shift modes: Standard, Sport, Snow and Eco. Although other Q70s can be outfitted with all-wheel drive, the Hybrid is rear-drive only. The lithium-ion battery pack is mounted near the trunk, so expect a slight reduction in cargo space.
The Q70 Hybrid gets a few hybrid-specific features like special instrumentation and shock absorbers. Otherwise, it's equipped very much like the gas models with a leather and wood interior, heated power front seats with driver memory, a sunroof, a power soft-close trunk lid, keyless ignition, automatic bi-xenon headlamps and 18-inch alloy wheels. Tech features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and satellite radio.
While technically optional, the Premium package can be added at no cost. That means you get free upgrades like navigation with real-time traffic data, a Bose 10-speaker sound system, a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats and a surround-view camera system. For even greater interior luxury, you can add the Deluxe Touring package with upgraded leather seats, silver-powdered wood trim, a faux suede headliner, a rear power sunshade and a Bose surround-sound system.
Models equipped the Deluxe Touring package are eligible for the Technology package, which adds driving aids such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, a frontal collision mitigation system with automatic braking, and an "eco" gas pedal that provides feedback to your right foot to encourage fuel-efficient driving.
Since the packages cover all the bases, individual options are limited to a rear spoiler, lighted stainless steel door sill plates and a trunk dress-up package.
Now that the Premium package is standard (or complimentary as INFINITI puts it), you really don't have to spend a dime beyond the base price to get an impressively equipped luxury sedan. Although the Technology package offers some very useful safety features, it must be bundled with the Deluxe Touring package. That's a total of $7,200 in extras, which is too dear in our book.
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