It will arrive in the US before the end of the year.
The build-up to the unveiling of the all-new Infiniti QX60 has been extensive. Last year, the new SUV's design was previewed by the pretty QX60 Monograph. Other than a sleek exterior, Infiniti promised that this would be a highly capable crossover as well with an especially advanced all-wheel-drive system.
The new QX60 has to go up against incredibly accomplished rivals like the BMW X5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. Without the brand cachet of these SUVs, it almost has to work even harder to succeed. Fortunately, Infiniti seems to have done its homework. The fresh exterior is a palpable improvement over the outgoing model. Everything about it looks tauter, more chiseled, and with a greater sense of purpose.
The detailing is interesting, too; there are kimono folds in the headlamps and the grille is inspired by origami. The signature grille has a chrome frame and the headlights are slimmer than before. A black roof is available -an Infiniti first - while the side profile is balanced by a subtle character line. Most trims can be equipped with large 20-inch wheels. At the back, digital piano key lighting has been employed which creates a striking effect at night.
Inside, Infiniti has worked hard to create a plush and high-tech environment. Those seated in front get standard "zero gravity" seats with power adjustments and heating. While most trims seat seven occupants, the top-tier Autograph gets standard second-row captain's chairs that reduce seating capacity to six.
Infiniti claims more space in both the second and third rows. Accessing the third row is convenient thanks to one-touch second-row seats that slide forward easily. When the third row is folded, there is a useful 41.6 cubic feet of space for luggage, a small improvement over its predecessor. Tri-zone climate control is standard and quilted, semi-aniline leather is on offer for an especially posh feel.
The previous QX60's infotainment system had started to feel dated so the new model received a welcome upgrade. A 12.3-inch Interactive Display touchscreen is standard, as is wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Besides infotainment options, the climate controls use capacitive controls with haptic feedback that Infiniti says is as easy to use as a smartphone screen. Up to seven USB charge ports are available, as is a 12.3-inch Dynamic Meter Display and a 10.8-inch head-up display. Wireless charging and a 17-speaker Bose Performance series sound system can also be specified.
Under the hood, the new Infiniti QX60 uses the proven 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The naturally-aspirated powerplant produces 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque and power either goes to the front wheels or to all four via an Intelligent all-wheel-drive system. These outputs are the same as those of the previous QX60 which managed the 0-60 mph run in around seven seconds.
While performance is reasonable, some turbocharged competitors are a lot faster. On a positive note, the new QX60 can now tow up to 6,000 pounds, a 20% increase over the previous model.
Infiniti is very proud of its new Intelligent AWD system. Every trim can be optionally equipped with this new direct coupling AWD setup which the company claims will engage almost instantly whenever wheel slip is detected. When more grip is needed, up to 50% of the SUV's power can be directed to the rear wheels.
"From negotiating icy driveways, enhancing all-weather confidence, or taking the roads less traveled, the all-new QX60 is designed with ease-of-use in mind," said Global Head of Product Strategy, Eric Rigaux, when commenting on the new AWD system.
Modern safety equipment is a prerequisite for many shoppers in this segment. That's why every QX60 comes with standard features like rear automatic braking, forward emergency braking, and predictive forward collision warning. In addition to these, traffic sign recognition, a smart rearview mirror, and ProPilot Assist with Navi Link are all available.
With its improved AWD system, swanky appearance, and enhanced technology, the new Infiniti QX60 looks like a superb family crossover. Pricing will be announced at a later date before the 2022 QX60 arrives in North America late in 2021.
"The all-new Infiniti QX60 exemplifies our new expression of modern Japanese luxury," said Infiniti Chairman Peyman Kargar. "It's powerful, intuitive, and serene - exactly what our customers want from our premium, three-row SUV."