Not too long ago Infiniti stated that they want to update their entire lineup of cars in the next few years, and they proved us just that when they released the new Q30, Q50, and Q70 models. Well, a few weeks ago at the Detroit Auto Show they showcased another new vehicle for their lineup, the 2017 Infiniti QX60 that now seems even more interesting.
This time around, though, unlike the other three cars which are all new, the QX60 is based on the JX35 crossover that was released back in 2012. Also, contrary to the other three which use very similar platforms sourced from Mercedes vehicles, the QX60 is based on the same platform as the Pathfinder. Perhaps you think that it is a problem since it builds on a rather dull-looking and not that appealing model but first take a look at images and think again.
To be successful, the Infiniti counterpart not only offers the usual Infiniti looks but it also has a well-appointed interior that offers plenty of room for up to seven people. Also, the price is quite good for what it has to offer, and the newest model makes no exception being available from as little as $43,000 which is quite high until you take a look at what it offers. This crossover showcased at the Detroit Auto Show boasts an updated exterior and running gear as well as a more pleasing interior.
One of the things that did not change dramatically with 2017 Infiniti QX60 is the engine lineup that is identical to that of the previous model that was labeled JX35. While this is usually a bad thing to happen, this time around it is quite pleasing to hear because Nissan announced that the hybrid powertrain was being discontinued from the Pathfinder which meant that the QX60 would also lose it. Luckily, they decided to keep its lineup unchanged which is great news for potential buyers, most of which were opting for the hybrid.
This uses a 2.5 liter supercharged inline-four petrol engine coupled to an electric motor for a total output of up to 250 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque, more than enough for a family crossover. Infiniti even worked on its engine mounts which are now filled with liquid in order to reduce the harshness of its supercharged engine and improve the ride quality of passengers.
The option is the large, and old; 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6, which will still offer 265 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque while providing slightly worse fuel efficiency than the hybrid. Standard version returns 21/27 mpg while the hybrid offers 26/28 mpg. Front-wheel drive will be standard on both while the all-wheel-drive system will be available as option only.
Inside the cabin, the new 2017 Infiniti QX60 is better equipped than before, and while the layout is the same, the ride quality has been improved considerably with the help of it’s all new shocks and springs which should reduce body roll and increase the confidence of the driver. This is done at no expense to the comfort, and it is even able to absorb the bumps a lot more effective than before. This time around, the car is compatible with the newest phone-pairing technologies so even the entry level trims equipped with the optional infotainment unit will benefit of satellite navigation and internet radio free of charge.
The exterior of the QX60, on the other hand, received a lot more attention than its interior or engine department, at least when we compare it to a previously available generation. In fact, the car has been brought up to date with their newest design scheme which debuted a couple of months ago on the Q60. The front end now boasts a new grille and slimmer headlights with Xenon low beams as standard as well as a new bumper. The back also received restyled tail lights with new LED clusters installed in them while the rear bumper and tailgate have been restyled in order to allow the car to depart from the Pathfinder design which was clear on the previous model. In fact, the design of the Pathfinder is still obvious in some places around the car, but the new car is a lot better at hiding it.
2017 Infiniti QX60 Release Date
Even the exact date for the introduction of this vehicle is not known we do not expect to see much fanfare about it. This is mainly because it was recently redesigned and we are sure that 2017 Infiniti QX60 will remain pretty much identical to the previous model year that started a new generation.