2016 Infiniti QX60

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Competition

The QX60 will compete with new models of the Buick Enclave,
Acura
MDX, Lincoln MKT and Audi Q7.