exactly the same as the QX70S Design edition that was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show recently.
Before you get carried away by the Sport moniker, let me make it clear that all the changes made here are cosmetic, and performance attributes sadly remain the same. What the alterations have done is make the QX70 a tad more discreet than the regular version. All the shiny bits in the QX have been replaced by dark chrome. These include the front grille, fog light surrounds, side air vents, and sills and the licence plate frame at the back. Adding still more subtlety to the overall package are the smoked headlights, along with roof rails, mirror caps and 21in six-spoke wheels all painted black. While these don’t magically turn the QX into a swan, they certainly do lend a bit of palatability to its polarising looks.
The dark theme continues inside, with black lacquer trim all around the cabin and black leather upholstery with purple stitching.
However, even with these additions, the QX’s interior doesn’t feel any more upscale than a top-spec Nissan Murano’s, and the layout of buttons and knobs makes them hard to access and operate.
Since there’s no performance lift, the QX70S Elite Sport drives and rides pretty much the same as the other QX variants. And seeing the S after its name, if you were expecting to read about the 5.0-litre V8, then you’re in for some more disappointment, as this one has the 3.7-litre V6 engine
If you’ve always liked the Infiniti QX but wished it had less bling, then the Elite Sport’s worth a look
under its bonnet. There’s nothing extraordinarily great about this 329bhp, 360Nm engine, but the mere fact that you get to drive a Nissan engine that’s not lugging the baggage of a droning CVT is a pleasure.
Tied to a seven-speed automatic ’box here, the six-pot makes light work of the SUV’s 1,995kg weight, although it feels coarser than many rival six-cylinders.
The QX70 handles with more poise and balance than its size suggests, but this comes at the cost of a firm, almost harsh ride.
If you’re someone who’s always admired the Infiniti QX’s giant bug looks but wished it had a little less bling, then the Elite Sport with its dark theme overall is worth a look.
But after signing on the dotted line, don’t come back and tell us that there’s nothing sportier or more elite about this QX.