Infiniti redesigns QX60 crossover for 2022, adds 9-speed automatic

Infiniti’s three-row crossover, the QX60, gets a facelift for 2022, with a host of standard and luxury features that make it one of the most family-friendly crossovers on the market.

Available with standard seating for up to seven or six with middle row captain seats, this is a refined luxury vehicle packed with comfort and convenience features designed for family cruises.

As with the previous generation, front-wheel drive is standard mode, but all-wheel drive is available across the board for $ 2,000 more, except on the top-of-the-line model, where it’s $ 2,900.

While last year’s QX60 (2020 model; there was no 2021) was only available in two trim levels, the new second-generation version comes in four trims: Pure (priced from base $ 46,850, front-wheel drive; $ 48,850, all-wheel drive); Luxury ($ 52,900; $ 54,900); Sensory ($ 56,350; $ 58,350); and Autograph ($ 60,350; $ 63,250).

While the 2022 QX60 is largely new, it carries over the previous model’s normally aspirated 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 gasoline engine, still rated at 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.

But there is no transfer with the transmission. Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti introduced a nine-speed automatic to replace the previous generation’s continuously variable transmission, just as Nissan did with the new 2022 Pathfinder, which the QX60 is based on.

On our Autograph AWD tester, this new transmission moved almost imperceptibly through its range in the same way as a CVT, and still seemingly at the right point. There are steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for those who want to choose when to change gears, which makes for an even sportier ride.

We got plenty of power from the V-6 engine, with enough pickup for routine overtaking and smooth climbs. We didn’t try any steep mountain roads and didn’t try to tow a trailer.

Intelligent all-wheel drive features direct coupling that automatically transfers up to 50% of the available power to the rear wheels when the wheels begin to spin. No driver intervention is required.

The overall appearance of the new QX60 is sportier and more elegant than before, albeit a little more boxy. Inside, the QX60 has a more premium appearance, but is surprisingly similar to its first cousin Pathfinder.

Nissan also designed this new Infiniti model to provide a sportier driving experience, with the trade-off being a little stiffer ride. Those of us who appreciate handling and a tough suspension will appreciate this, but those who want a more comfortable ride might not. I’ll go for sportier handling over a smoother ride any day, up to a point, of course.

Fuel economy improved slightly, with EPA ratings of 21 mpg city / 26 highway / 23 combined for front-wheel drive models and 20/25/22 for all-wheel drive.

All 2022 QX60 models come with the new 12.3-inch Infiniti InTouch interactive display, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless compatibility via USB.

Leather first and second row seats, a panoramic sunroof, power tailgate and rear parking sensors are standard. The Autograph model comes with a soft quilted semi-aniline leather upholstery.

All models are also equipped with eight-way power zero gravity heated front seats with power lumbar support adjustment. The driver’s seat has memory for two occupants which includes the exterior mirrors.

The second row bench has a 60/40 split fold feature, as well as a one-touch trigger to access the third row of two-passenger seats, even with child safety seats in place in the middle row.

Base Pure models feature 18-inch alloy rims, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic rear braking, blind spot warning, six USB ports including charging points on all three rows, LED headlights and taillights and a three-zone automatic climate control with headliner – air vents mounted above the second and third rows.

On the Luxe model there are 20-inch wheels, slim roof racks, a 12.3-inch Infiniti dynamic meter display, an upgraded ProPilot assistance system with Navi-link, navigation, a Surrounding view with moving object detection, lane departure prevention, traffic sign recognition, remote engine start and air-conditioned front seats.

With the Sensory model, extras include massaging driver and front passenger seats, heated second row seats (outboard positions), power return for the third row seats, advanced air conditioning with Plasmacluster air purifier and polyphenol filter Grape, wireless smartphone charger, motion-activated power tailgate, open-pore black ash wood trim, upgraded interior ambient lighting, illuminated apron and Bose Performance Series audio system with 17 speakers.

There is an additional USB port in the third row, for a total of seven throughout the interior.

Our Autograph model has it all, with additional features such as upgraded leather seats with contrasting stitching; two second row captain’s seats in place of the three-seater bench; a removable second row console; a 10.8 inch head-up display with two free-form mirrors, a smart rearview mirror; Adaptive front lighting; and black roof and roof rails in contrasting color.

With all-wheel drive, the Autograph model can tow trailers weighing up to 6,000 pounds. It comes with improved transmission cooling and a hitch receiver. Otherwise, the standard towing capacity is 3,500 pounds.

Available on the Luxe model, an upgrade from the standard nine-speaker sound system to the Bose Performance Series 17-speaker sound system ($ 900).

The Vision Pack ($ 1,500) is available on Luxe and Sensory models, including adaptive front lighting, 10.8-inch head-up display and smart rearview mirror.

On all-wheel-drive Sensory models, the towing package ($ 900) adds a hitch receiver, wiring, and upgraded transmission oil cooler, increasing the Autograph model’s towing capacity to 6,000 pounds. AWD.

Three of the available exterior colors are available at no additional cost: Liquid Platinum, Graphite Shadow and Glacier White. For an additional $ 695, there’s Moka Almond, Mineral Black, Warm Titanium, Moonbow Blue, and Grand Blue. And for $ 900, there’s the “super premium” Deep Bordeaux color.

Autograph models have an exclusive standard two-tone exterior paint, combining Graphite Shadow, Warm Titanium, Moonbow Blue, Deep Bordeaux, Majestic White or Grand Blue with a high contrast black roof. Our tester had the Moonbow Blue, which cost an additional $ 695, and was the only option on our vehicle.

Interior colors include graphite and sandstone leather; Saddle Brown is available on the Sensory and Autograph versions, and was included on our test vehicle.

Originally called the JX, the QX60 – introduced for 2014 – is Infiniti’s only three-row crossover, although the brand also offers the QX80, a traditional large, truck-based SUV with three rows of seats.

The QX60 is based on the architecture of the Pathfinder crossover, and both vehicles are produced at the Nissan assembly plant near Nashville, Tenn. The engine comes from the Nissan powertrain plant about 80 miles southeast of Nashville.

There is 14.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third seat, about the same as in a midsize sedan. With the third seat folded down, that space opens up to 41.6 cubic feet, and with both rear seats folded down, it expands to 75.4 cubic feet.

The total sticker price for our 2022 Infiniti QX60 Autograph AWD model was $ 64,970 including freight and premium paint.

G. Chambers Williams III’s automotive columns have appeared regularly in the Express-News since 2000. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @ gchambers3.

Infiniti QX60 2021

The packet: Large premium crossover utility vehicle with five doors, six or seven passengers, V6 engine, front wheel drive or all wheel drive.
Strong points: Completely redesigned for 2022, this is Infiniti’s three-row crossover, and it is among the best in its class. It has a lot of power, luxury, safety, and high tech gadgets.
Negative points : Sportier handling makes driving a bit rougher than before; the interior is not as quiet as it used to be at highway speeds.
Engines: 3.5-liter V6, normally aspirated, gasoline.
Transmission: 9-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
Power / torque: 295 HP / 270 foot-pounds.
Length: 198.2 inches (198.7 with front license plate holder).
Curb weight range: 4,393 to 4,655 pounds.
Brakes, front / rear: Disc / disc, anti-lock.
Loading volume: 14.5 cubic feet (behind the third seat); 41.6 cubic feet (third row seat folded down); 75.4 cubic feet (both rows of rear seats folded).
Towing capacity: Up to 6,000 pounds.
Side airbags: Roof side curtains fitted to the front seats for both rows, as standard.
Electronic stability control: Standard.
Fuel capacity / type: 18.5 gallons / unleaded (premium recommended but not required).
EPA Fuel Economy: 21 city / 26 highway / 23 combined (front wheel drive); 20/25/22 (TI).
Main competitors : Acura MDX, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Lincoln Aviator, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90.
Basic price range: $ 46,850 to $ 60,350 (front wheel drive), $ 48,850 to $ 63,250 (all wheel drive), plus $ 1,025 in freight.
Price tested: $ 64,970 including freight and premium paint (Autograph AWD).
Note on the road: 9.3 (out of 10 possible).

Prices shown are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices; actual selling price may vary.

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