The Infiniti QX60 was introduced in 2013 as Infiniti JX which was later changed to its current name in 2014. The model was produced to propel the automaker into the family-friendly crossover SUV market.
The vehicle is getting a mid-cycle refresh to help keep it focused on competing with old and emerging competitors.
2016 Infiniti QX60 Exterior
Exterior styling comes unchanged from the outgoing model except for some cosmetic changes which were aimed at aligning the QX60 with other members of the Infiniti lineup like the Q70 and Q50.
At the front, the SUV has received a much needed nose job. There is a new bumper which is mounted lower than on the current model; the bumper also features a pair of C-shaped pieces. The front also features a redesigned, bolder and larger spindle grille integrated with mesh inserts. The grille is flanked by redesigned LED headlights which look longer and thin than those on the outgoing model.
At the back, the QX60 SUV features a modified bumper which sits lower and redesigned taillights which are more angular. A closer look reveals a thick chrome slab trim on the trunk lid that connects the taillights.
The exterior will feature two additional colors which are jade green and hagane as well as new alloy wheel patterns. Overall, the SUV looks more aggressive and solid compared to the outgoing model.
2016 Infiniti QX60 Render
2016 Infiniti QX60 Interior
The 2016 Infiniti QX60 will be availed in a single trim level but with 7 optional packages that give buyers an opportunity to customize some of the features.
Gone is the cloth upholstery in the outgoing entry level models. It has been replaced with Alcantara leather with higher packages featuring genuine leather upholstery. The SUV will accommodate 7 passengers spread over its three-row seating plan. All passengers will have plenty of head and leg room.
The dashboard features soft- touch materials and contrast stitching. The center console and the shifter have also been modified. The automaker has introduced acoustic glass on the cabin and retuned engine mounts to reduce noise, vibration and harassment. New springs and dampers will reduce chances of body roll and lead to a better ride quality.
The cabin also features a 3-zone automatic climate control, USB ports on each row and five screens, one mounted at the front and others behind the first and second rows. For safety, it comes with a package of driver aids and other safety features like ABS, parking assist, collision warning and lane change warning among others. It also comes with a telematics system and a 24-hour concierge.
Engine Specs and Performance
The 2016 Infiniti QX60 comes with two drive-train options, a conventional gasoline engine and a hybrid.
The gasoline engine is a 3.5 L, V-6 which comes good with 260 hp at 6,400 rpm and 250 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine is mated to a CVT automatic transmission system which sends power to either the front wheels or all wheels. The engine is rated to deliver 21 mpg and 27 mpg fuel economy in city and on highway drives respectively.
Going a bit greener is the hybrid drive-train that combines a 2.5 L supercharged petrol engine with an electric motor. They both deliver 250 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. The engine is also paired with a CVT system which also sends power to either the front wheels or all wheels. The model is 20% more fuel efficient at 26 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 27 mpg on combined drives. These figures are pretty impressive for a model its size.
Price and release date
At a starting price believed to be around $ 42,000 MSRP for FWD models and an additional $1400 for AWD models, the vehicle is set to be a huge hit in the market.
The hybrid is more expensive and starts at $ 45,500. The automaker is on course to sell over 50,000 units of the QX60 this year and is expected to fare better next year with the new model.
The vehicle will make a debut at the Detroit Auto Show which will be held from 13th of January 2016 and sales will follow soon after. Visit back for more updates on the Detroit Auto Show when it gets underway.
The QX60 will compete with new models of the Buick Enclave, Acura MDX, Lincoln MKT and Audi Q7.