This bodes well for the crossover.
The Infiniti QX60 is another of the luxury brand's stunning offerings, or at least it will be if it follows the cues previewed by the Monograph concept. Based on what we've seen of the interior, as well as the teaser that previewed a new nine-speed gearbox, it should live up to the hype. But sexy styling alone, a good SUV does not make. To compete with the best that other brands have to offer, the new crossover has to be practical too, and it seems that Infiniti hasn't dropped the ball, announcing today that it will offer a towing capacity of up to 6,000 pounds.
As that earlier teaser revealed, the QX60 will feature a nine-speed automatic gearbox that will be mated to a 3.5-liter V6 generating 295 horsepower. Interestingly, that 6,000-lb tow rating is a big jump of up to 20 percent over what was previously possible. Infiniti says this rating makes it capable of towing a 22-foot Airstream trailer, small vehicles, or a boat. The Japanese automaker comments further, saying that in testing, drivers commented that "it was one of the best vehicles they've driven for towing." That's according to senior project engineer Heather Kniep. She continues: "We want the customer to feel confident that their vehicle is going to last a long time. We're testing the cars out to 20-plus years of mileage to what the customer would drive."
The company has even tested the QX60 over "Belgian blocks", which is the name given to a rough piece of road featuring intentionally protruding stones. It's also been tested in the extreme cold of Alaska, the brutal heat of Phoenix, and the steep streets of San Francisco. Kniep says that she "was really impressed with how it could accelerate up hills, even at the 6,000-pound towing capacity." Of course, she's biased and we'll wait to drive the crossover ourselves before we hail this as a brilliant luxury SUV, but so far, everything bodes well for the sleek new family car.