One more crossover by Infiniti, this time here’s the latest 2016 Infiniti QX60. The QX60 has been released a couple of years ago and since then it managed to become one of the better selling mid-size luxury crossovers thanks to its great interior and good starting price. In order to remain relevant, a new model is going to be released with the 2016 Infiniti QX60 which will bring quite a few updates to the range. Firstly, the design of the car will change quite a bit in order to differentiate it from its close sibling even more.
This is because Infiniti charges nearly $13,000 more than what the Pathfinder costs so they have to show where that price difference is going.
What’s new for 2016?
The biggest updates did to the car where in the noise, vibrations and harshness department where the car has been improved greatly. In order to do this, Infiniti added acoustic side glass as well as different engine mounts which will reduce engine vibrations greatly. Also, the car’s suspension system has been revised with new shocks and springs that will offer a slightly better ride quality as well as give the driver a much better driving experience.
These will also reduce body roll and together with the quicker response of the steering column, the car should now be a blast to drive and a lot more fun than the aging Pathfinder.
Redesign – Inside and Outside look
The exterior of the 2016 Infiniti QX60 has also been revised quite a bit in order to look a bit better than just a stylish version of the Pathfinder. The car now gets an all new front fascia which is actually quite similar to what the upcoming QX30 is going to receive. As standard it will come with bixenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, a new grille as well as a new front bumper with a slightly more aggressive design to it. The housings for the fog-lights are new as well while the back received a new set of tail lights.
|Overall length||196.4 Inches|
|Overall width||77.2 Inches|
|Overall height||68.6 Inches|
Inside the cabin, the new QX60 is identical to the older model which is a bit of a shame because the design is getting dated. The good part is that it only comes in a single trim level which means that the equipment level is far superior than that of its competitors. Also, this time around Infiniti will throw into the mix seven different upgrade packages which will allow buyers to further customize their experience.
The Engine range & Specs
Engine wise, the 2016 Infiniti QX60 is boasting the same two engines as before which are not the most powerful or the most efficient in its class. However, both of them are offering more than enough grunt for this seven seats crossover and both of them are quite nice to use. The base is a 3.5 liter V6 which is mated to a CVT gearbox, so its 265 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque feel like a lot less than that. However, the fuel consumption is good and thanks to the front wheel drive system, the car is quite easy to control in any situation.
Further up the range there is also a 2.5 liter supercharged inline 4 hybrid which offers 250 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque. While it still uses a CVT gearbox, this feels a bit faster and thanks to the fact that it is a hybrid, it is also quite a bit more fuel efficient.
|Under the Hood|
|Horsepower||265 HP @ 6.400 RPM|
|Torque||248 LB-FT @ 4.400 RPM|
|Displacement||3.5 liters / 3.498cc|
|Maximum engine speed||6.600 rpm|
2016 Infiniti QX60 Price & Release date
The new model has already been released at the Los Angeles Auto Show but it will only be available for sale starting with the first half of 2016. The prices have been kept similar to the ongoing model which means that the base model will start around $43,000 while a premium version will go for up to $55,000 which is still a great price for a seven seats luxury crossover.
The major competitors are Audi Q7 and Acura MDX.