A fresh look for Infiniti’s people hauler

Infiniti has announced a mid-cycle refresh for the QX60 ahead of its formal debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The changes are relatively minor, but help improve passenger comfort, as well as adding levels of customization.

The QX60 has been around since 2013, but confusingly made its debut as the JX35 in 2012. The name change came courtesy of Infiniti’s rebranding efforts to streamline its model designations. The three-row, seven-passenger crossover shares its bones with the Nissan Pathfinder – something that hasn’t changed for the 2016 model year. The familiar 3.5-liter V-6, CVT transmission, and optional hybrid drivetrain carry over unchanged.

Infiniti says the 2016 updates will help push the QX60 as a global sales leader for the brand. The QX60 posted a respectable 24-percent growth in year-over-year sales between 2014 and 2015, and Infiniti expects that trend to continue.

“The new QX60 will become an important part of Infiniti’s global growth strategy as the global premium crossover market continues to grow,” says Francois Bancon, Infiniti’s Vice President Product Strategy. “The new model builds on the characteristics that have made QX60 an increasingly popular choice with premium buyers, offering enhanced design, driving dynamics and best-in-class levels of interior comfort and convenience.”

Infiniti will continue to offer the QX60 in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations, as well as V-6 and hybrid drivetrains. AWD continues as an option on hybrid models, as well. Follow along as we detail out the changes for the 2016 model year.

Updated 02/24/2016: Infiniti announced prices for the 2016 QX60 which will be put on sale later in the spring. For the 2016 model year, the QX60 will be offered in four models – QX60, QX60 AWD, QX60 Hybrid and QX60 Hybrid AWD, and will come with a price increase of only $200 over the 2015 model year.

Continue reading to learn more about the Infiniti QX60.

  • 2016 Infiniti QX60
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    CVT
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    265 @ 6400
  • MPG(Cty):
    21 (Est.)
  • MPG(Hwy):
    27 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    248 @ 4400
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.2 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; FWD, AWD
  • Price:
    43000 (Est.)
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  • body style:

Exterior

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The QX60’s overall design remains familiar, though its front grille, rear taillights, and other key areas receive welcome retouches. The grille has the most drastic change, with a larger, more pronounced opening and a new mesh-style insert. The mesh continues to the lower grille and redesigned fog lights are far more stylish than before. Updated headlights now sport bi-xenon bulbs with LED accents and daytime running lights. The fog lights are also LED. Flush-mounted sonar parking sensors front and rear help clean up the design.

The QX60 still carries other familiar shapes, including the “double-wave” hood, sloping roofline, and crescent-cut D-pillar. The curved beltline continues to run from the budging front fender and over the chrome door handles, ending over the taillights. The Nissan Pathfinder hidden behind the chrome trim and Infiniti grille is still easy to spot.

A total of seven colors are available. They include Liquid Platinum, Black Obsidian, Hermosa Blue, Majestic White, Graphite Shadow, plus the new Hagane Blue and Jade Green.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 114.2 Inches
Overall length 196.4 Inches
Overall width 77.2 Inches
Overall height 68.6 Inches
Front track width 65.7 Inches
Rear track width 65.7 Inches

Interior

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Updates to the QX60 continue inside, though like the exterior, the changes are hard to spot. Those familiar with the QX60 will see an updated gear shifter and soft-touch leather now wrapping the upper instrument panel. The tri-zone climate control system has been revised as well. It still incorporates the microfilter, but now has better airflow for first and second row occupants. The QX60 continues to offer its Advanced Climate Control System with Plasmacluster air purifier as an option.

Those familiar with the QX60 will see an updated gear shifter and soft-touch leather now wrapping the upper instrument panel.

Aside from those changes, the QX60’s interior carries over from the 2015 model year. The sculpted dashboard continues to offer a well-designed layout with vertically stacked controls. Up top is the touch screen infotainment system. Below that, the HVAC controls inhabit a horizontal strip easily visible by the driver. The secondary controls for the infotainment system reside below that, offering menu functions and shortcuts to often-used features like navigation and camera screens. Dedicated radio controls are down low, just ahead of the updated gear shift lever.

Second row passengers continue to enjoy a comfortable seating arrangement with the 60/40 folding bench seat. The seatback recline and the bench can move fore and aft up to six inches, adjusting for second and third row leg room. With the second row slid forward, the third row enjoys a decent amount of legroom. Headroom for all three rows is generous, the standard moonroof and optional panoramic moonroof helps open up the cabin.

Despite all the glass, the noise, vibration, and harshness levels inside the 2016 QX60 are improved over the previous model. Infiniti added a new acoustic windshield to cut down on wind noise, while new, liquid-filled engine mounts help cut vibrations from the powertrain.

Drivetrain

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The Infiniti QX60’s powertrain carries over almost unchanged, with the exception of those improved engine mounts and an updated suspension system. Non-hybrid QX60s come powered the familiar 3.5-liter V-6. The V-6 provides 265 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 248 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine has a variable induction control system, which Infiniti says improves volumetric efficiency at low and middle engine speeds. The engine is mated to a “sport-tuned” CVT with Infiniti’s D-Step logic that is said to provide higher levels of response while mimicking the shift patterns of a conventional automatic. Manual shift mode is included. Expect fuel economy to stay the same as the 2015 model, wich the EPA rates at 21/27/23 mpg for FWD models and 19/26/22 mpg on city, highway, and combined test loops.

The V-6 provides 265 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 248 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm.

For those looking for better fuel economy, the QX60 continues to offer a hybrid powertrain. The main power source is a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder. An electric motor powered by a Lithium-ion battery pack provides power in low-speed conditions and extra grunt during acceleration and higher speeds. The engine and electric motor provide a total of 250 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid drivetrain receives a similar upgrade in its mounting hardware, helping reduce NVH.

New shock absorbers and springs give the QX60 a more refined and smoother ride. We had no complaints about the 2015 QX60’s ride when we tested it last, but Infiniti says improvements were made nonetheless. Also improved is the steering system, which is said to give greater feedback while shortening the lock-to-lock turns, reduced down to 2.9 turns.

The crossover continues to utilize a Drive Mode Selector, allowing the driver to tailor the ride for specific situations. The modes include Standard, Sport, Eco, and Snow, and are selectable via the rotary dial mounted on the center console. These modes change throttle response and transmission “shifts” to account for the varying needs of the driver.

Cornering and stability have been improved as well, thanks to an upgraded Vehicle Dynamic Control system that links with the QX60’s Active Trace Control system. Working together, the system automatically applies the brakes in a specific pattern during a turn, and then helps smoothly apply engine torque during acceleration. The QX60 rides on 235/65R18 all-season rubber.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type VQ35DE
Orientation Transverse-mounted
Cylinders / configuration 60-degree V6
Block / head composition Aluminum / aluminum
Displacement (L / cc) 3.5 liters / 3,498cc
Horsepower 265 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Torque 248 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM
Bore x stroke (mm) 95.5 x 81.4
Compression ratio (:1) 10.3
Maximum engine speed 6,600 rpm
Induction system Sequential multi-point fuel injection

Safety

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Safety is not lost on the QX60. The crossover comes packed to the brim with the latest active and passive safety gadgets on the market today. On the active side, the Infiniti has Forward Emergency Braking, which automatically brakes the vehicle should the driver fail to do so, helping to avoid hitting an object ahead. Forward Collision Warning acts in conjunction with FEB, warning the driver of an obstacle. Backup Collision Intervention works like the FEB system, but only when in reverse. The BCI automatically stops the vehicle should something move into its rearward trajectory.

Of course, the QX60 comes with Nissan’s 360-degree, Around View Monitor camera system. Now upgraded with Moving Object Detection, the system warns if moving objects approach the vehicle during low-speed maneuvers.

The QX60 also includes a bevy of passive safety systems that include front, side, and side curtain airbags should a crash occur. The 2015 QX60 received a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, scoring “Good” in every crash category. This rating should not change for the 2016 model year.

Prices

Infiniti has kept roughly the same pricing for the 2016 model year as it had for 2015. The base MSRP rises by $200 for the entry-level V-6 and FWD model. Opting for AWD increases the price by $1,800. Those wanting the go green with shell out more green, to the tune of $52,050 for the FWD version of the QX60 Hybrid. Choosing AWD on the Hybrid bumps the price to $53,450. These prices don’t include the destination and handling fee of $995. Of course, taxes and other fees are tacked on as well, at the time of purchase.

Model Description Price
QX60 3.5-liter V6 / FWD $42,600 USD
QX60 AWD 3.5-liter V6 / AWD $44,400 USD
QX60 Hybrid 2.5-liter supercharged I4 / FWD $52,050 USD
QX60 Hybrid AWD 2.5-liter supercharged I4 / AWD $53,450 USD

Competition

Acura MDX

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The MDX is pretty evenly stacked against the QX60. It features three rows with room for seven, it comes powered by a 3.5-liter V-6, is offered as a FWD or AWD, is loaded with technology, and has a similar price range. The MDX saw its last refresh in 2015, so it’s still fresh. Improved ergonomics for the driver and an easier-entry third row top the list of changes.

The MSX starts at $42,000 and increases to $56,500 with higher-level trim levels and options.

Read our full review on the Acura MDX here.

Audi Q7

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The Q7 is currently in a transmission period. The current 2015 and even the 2016 model carries over unchanged since its last refresh. The 2017 model, however, is completely redesigned with new looks inside and out. If you like the high-tech minimalist take on your vehicles, you’ll love the new Q7. Opt for the current model, and you’ll live with a decent three-row SUV that suffers from chintzy interior trim and a somewhat dated exterior appearance. The current 2016 Audi Q7 is available with the 3.0-liter TDI V-6 turbodiesel, though its availability is extremely limited thanks to the whole Dieselgate debacle. Finding a pre-owned example is more likely. The Q7 can also be had with the supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline engine.

Prices start around $50,000 and expand into the $60,000 range.

Read our full review on the Audi Q7 here.

Conclusion

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The changes to the QX60 should help keep this mid-sized crossover competitive against its list of strong, three-row contenders. Thanks to the upgraded suspension parts, improved driving dynamics are expected, while the straight-line ride should be more comfortable. Lessened NVH levels will surely help with passenger comfort as well.

The QX60, along with its Pathfinder cousin, are solid, family-friendly crossovers that don’t sacrifice much in the quest to straddle the line between minivan and sports car. That might be an odd statement to make, but it’s exactly what Nissan is trying to do; mix good driving performance with the ability to haul seven people.

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    • * A more expensive Pathfinder

Press Release

Infiniti has comprehensively enhanced its versatile QX60 premium crossover for 2016, introducing a wide range of changes that improve the seven-seater’s exterior design and its driving dynamics, while showcasing new features and technologies that improve comfort, convenience and safety.

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Reflecting an evolution of Infiniti’s stand-out artistic design, the 2016 QX60’s revised form accentuates its powerful elegance and craftsmanship. This is a premium crossover that continues to defy segment expectations by providing flexible and accessible seating for up to seven, while at the same time delivering superior standards of comfort and luxury.

The 2016 QX60’s new suspension components and settings combine to deliver superior levels of both comfort and agility, while a revised steering system delivers greater feedback for a more rewarding drive. Available in both front-wheel drive and optional Intelligent All-Wheel Drive versions, the QX60 is offered with a choice of powerful and efficient powertrains – 3.5-liter V6 gasoline or Hybrid.

Whichever engine is chosen, upgraded cabin sound insulation and revised engine mounts for the 2016 model reduce the ingress of noise, vibration and harshness, enabling occupants to better appreciate the uprated cabin materials and the feature-rich audio and connectivity systems.

Seven new equipment packages and a new range of exterior colors for 2016 allows customers to take a truly tailored approach in specifying the QX60 premium crossover to meet their individual needs and preferences. The personal touch is reinforced with thoughtful new assistive and intuitive technology features, such as the Infiniti Personal Assistant™, a 24-hour personal concierge service.

Global sales of the QX60 during the first eleven months of 2015 reached 48,684, year-on-year, representing a growth of 24 percent. The U.S. market alone posted a 32 percent increase compared to the same period in 2014. Infiniti expects the new 2016 model to attract even more premium buyers to the brand.

“The new QX60 will become an important part of Infiniti’s global growth strategy as the global premium crossover market continues to grow. The new model builds on the characteristics that have made QX60 an increasingly popular choice with premium buyers, offering enhanced design, driving dynamics and best-in-class levels of interior comfort and convenience.”
Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President Product Strategy

Refreshed exterior conveys a premium look
The exterior of the QX60 reflects Infiniti’s design-led approach to product development, and a desire to craft vehicle forms which combine power and confident artistry through taut, muscular shapes and flowing lines. The look is unmistakably Infiniti and the new QX60 features familiar signature brand design cues such as the dramatic double-arch front grille, double-wave hood and crescent-cut D-pillar.

At the front, the redesigned double-arch grille is flanked by standard-fit bi-xenon headlamps. There is greater use of LED lighting, including new LED daytime running lights. Complementing the revised headlamps are front fog lamps, which feature LED lighting and chrome finishers.

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The lighting extends to the side and rear of the vehicle, with side indicators and taillights sitting flush to body and incorporating the turn signal in red. The rear hatch has also received attention, featuring a new chrome finisher, while retaining its power lift function. Above the rear hatch a new roof-mounted and body color “shark fin” antenna has been added, working in-conjunction with the in-glass antenna.

Incorporated into both front and rear bumpers are new, flush-mounted sonar sensors. Except for two additions at the center of the front bumper, these body-colored sensors no longer have a surrounding bezel, adding to the premium appearance.

The 2016 QX60 is available in seven exterior colors: Liquid Platinum, Black Obsidian, Hermosa Blue, Majestic White, Graphite Shadow, plus new Hagane Blue and Jade Green.

The smooth and aerodynamic shape of the QX60 achieves an unchanged drag coefficient of 0.34. The new model manages airflow over, under and around the exterior to promote road holding and high-speed stability. A front underbody spoiler, integrated rear spoiler and rear tire deflectors contribute to achieving zero lift across both front and rear axles.

A significant enhancement for the 2016 QX60 is the addition of acoustic glass for better insulation from high frequency noise. Constructed of three layers, the acoustic side glass minimizes the intrusion of wind noise into the cabin, while also reducing the effects of tire noise. The result is class-leading noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels at a constant speed.

Retuned dynamics for a more engaging drive
The focus for Infiniti’s QX60 engineers was to provide an even more assured and confidence-inspiring driving experience. This has been achieved through the introduction of new chassis technologies and revised settings for components carried over from the previous model.

The independent-strut front and multi-link rear suspension feature new shock absorbers and spring units, which result in smoother ride control with a reduction in body movement when cornering. New 235/65 R18 T-rated all-season tires are standard, selected to provide improvements in grip and balance. Completing the dynamic changes, a retuned vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering system, now requiring just 2.9 turns lock-to-lock, offers the driver increased response to steering inputs and enhanced feedback.

The Infiniti Drive Mode Selector (DMS) allows the driver to vary throttle response and gearshift patterns to optimize performance for the conditions and their own preferences. The driver can select from four drive modes – Standard, Sport, Eco and Snow – using a rotary dial mounted in the center console.

To enhance stability and feel through the controls when cornering, the Active Trace Control system links with the QX60’s standard Vehicle Dynamic Control system (upgraded for 2016), to automatically apply the brakes in a specific pattern and then smooth engine torque characteristics while accelerating.

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The new QX60 is available in four models, QX60, QX60 AWD, QX60 Hybrid and QX60 Hybrid AWD. All variants provide the responsive performance and fuel efficiency increasingly demanded by premium crossover buyers.

The standard 3.5-liter V6 is mated to a sport-tuned, electronically controlled continuously variable transmission with D-Step Logic that provides high levels of response and a seamless, efficient shift feel. The transmission’s logic mimics the shift pattern of a more traditional step transmission. Included is a manual shift mode, allowing the driver to manually select from the pre-set gear ratios, if preferred.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 265 horsepower at 6,400 rpm with peak torque of 248 lb-ft (336 Nm) available at 4,400 rpm. The engine includes a variable induction control system to improve volumetric efficiency at low and middle speed ranges, while an efficient belt layout reduces maintenance requirements and aids fuel efficiency. Revised engine mounts reduce the vibration transmitted to the cabin and controls engine movement during cornering for enhanced stability and response.

The 2016 QX60 is also offered with a hybrid drivetrain, featuring a supercharged 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine and an electric motor powered by a compact Lithium-ion battery pack. The system produces a combined 250 horsepower and 243 lb-ft (329 Nm) of torque. For 2016, the engine is mounted using new electric-active controlled liquid-filled engine mounts for reduced vibration in the cabin and enhanced cornering.

Premium comfort and convenience for seven occupants
The QX60 utilizes a flat platform floor, which not only allows for a more dramatic design approach but also enhances interior space and flexibility. The second-row seating features almost six inches (150 mm) travel, adjustable either to the benefit of passenger leg room or rear cargo space, as required.

Traditionally a compromised area, the third-row seating is able to accommodate children or adults with practical head- and knee room. Access to the third row of seats is facilitated by wide door openings and the long forward travel of the second-row seating. The second-row seating’s unique forward movement function also negates the need to remove any child seat fitted to the second row when accessing the third-row seating. In addition, both second- and third-row seating incorporate a split folding function, 60/40 for the second row and 50/50 for the third row, to further increase versatility and practicality. Both rows also recline for greater occupant comfort.

As well as being truly versatile, the interior of the QX60 offers elegance and fine craftsmanship. Key design features include Infiniti’s signature driver-oriented cockpit, highlighted by thin chrome accents. Boosting the premium feel of the interior, for 2016 the upper instrument panel has been wrapped in soft-touch material with contrast stitching, while the gearshift knob and surround feature a new design and finish.

“Graphite Weave” is the standard interior leather trim, with a quilted seat base and maple accents available with the Deluxe Technology Package. All models benefit from contrast stitching to the upper instrument and door panels available in three colors, Graphite, Java and Wheat. As an additional convenience for front seat occupants, the memory seat button has been relocated to the upper door trim.

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The tri-zone automatic temperature control system with microfilter has been revised for the 2016 QX60, offering improved performance for the first- and second-row occupants. A power sliding moonroof with tinted glass, one-touch open/close, tilt feature and sliding sunshade is standard on all models.

Available as part of the Deluxe Technology Package is an Advanced Climate Control System with Plasmacluster® air purifier, grape polyphenol filter and auto recirculation. Also included within the Deluxe Technology Package is a panoramic moonroof with power rear sunshade, which provides a light, airy environment for rear passengers.

Standard connectivity and entertainment features include Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, separately available), and USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices. For 3.5-liter models, three additional USB charging ports have been added to the cabin, one convenient for the second-row seating and two for the third-row seating.

High levels of connectivity, convenience and safety
For 2016, the QX60 continues to deliver a high level of assistive and intuitive technology features, aimed at enhancing the premium crossover experience for all occupants.

Infiniti Connection™ services include 24-hour automatic crash notification, emergency call, enhanced roadside assistance, stolen vehicle reporting, remote door lock/unlock, alarm notification, maintenance alert and scheduled maintenance notification. The “My Schedule” function can automatically synch a user’s schedule through Google Calendar™ and provide navigation guidance to appointments.

The 2016 QX60 features Infiniti Personal Assistant™, Infiniti’s personal concierge service with 24 hour access to a live team of professional assistants. The service allows owners to make reservations, get directions, find points of interest, make dinner reservations, access gift services and receive a wide variety of other services at the touch of a button from inside the vehicle or through the owner’s mobile or home phone. In vehicles equipped with Infiniti Connection™, owners can have their Infiniti Personal Assistant™ find a restaurant, make the reservation, and have directions sent directly to their QX60’s Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System.

Safeguarding occupants is a top priority for Infiniti, and several new safety technologies are available through 2016 QX60’s revised options packages.

Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) utilizes advanced technology to calculate the distance between QX60 and the vehicle in front, as well as the speed of both vehicles, to detect the possibility of a collision and help mitigate or prevent it. The system operates in two stages, risk detection and collision detection. On detecting a risk, the system initially alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings and forcibly backs off the throttle. If the driver releases the accelerator, the system will apply partial braking. In the event that the system detects a collision may occur and there is no action taken by the driver, the system provides an additional set of warnings and applies harder braking to help avoid a collision, or mitigate the consequences should one occur. The Pedestrian Detection function within the FEB system applies this technology to avoid or mitigate collisions with pedestrians.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW) alerts the driver of hazards in the road ahead – taking automatic action to help avoid or mitigate the effects of a collision.

Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) alerts the driver to crossing vehicles and other large stationary objects to the rear when the transmission is in reverse. If necessary, the system is able to automatically to engage the brakes to help avoid or mitigate a collision.

Parking is made easy with the addition of a new Around View® Monitor (AVM), with Moving Object Detection (MOD), using four wide-angle lenses – one on each side of the vehicle – to create a “birds-eye” view on the center console and give drivers a clear picture of nearby hazards during low-speed maneuvers.

In addition to the long list of standard equipment, seven option packages, newly introduced for 2016, provide a means of personalization that reflects Infiniti’s versatile and passenger-minded approach to the new QX60.

The new Infiniti QX60 goes on sale in selected markets later in 2016.

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