Think luxury midsize crossovers, and normally the Lexus RX, BMW X5, and the Audi Q7 quickly come to mind. While all of the vehicles are luxurious in their own right, Infiniti wants to challenge the midsize nameplates with their own.
Say hello to the 2022 Infiniti QX60. Serving as one of the brand's best-selling vehicles, the 2022 QX60 gets a sharp new design, updated features, and more high-tech toys that occupants can play with.
While the 2022 QX60 is based on the all-new Nissan Pathfinder that was launched earlier this year, Infiniti did not just tweak the design and called it a day. Using Japanese 'origami' as an inspiration, the QX60 gets a stylish front grille that is accompanied by sleek LED headlights, and massive side air intakes on the front bumper. Providing a bit of ruggedness is a faux skid plate below the bumper.
Another striking feature of the new QX60 is its wing-shaped LED taillights and massive 20-inch alloy wheels. Like the front, the rear bumper also features a faux skid plate, giving the midsize crossover a more rugged appearance. To top it all off, key touches of chrome and black accents add a touch of sophistication.
Open the doors, and acres of leather invite you inside the QX60. Any trace of the Nissan Pathfinder's design has been completely removed. From the supple leather found throughout the cabin, as well as the high-tech center stack, Infiniti made sure the QX60 is both comfortable and packed with features. Did we mention this Infiniti comes with seven seats as standard?
When it comes to tech, it has the following: 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple Carplay/Android Auto, satellite navigation, seven USB ports (mix of USB-A and USB-C), automatic climate control, heated/ventilated front seats, and an optional digital instrument display that also measures 12.3-inches.
But the most high-tech system present on the QX60 is Navi-Link. It works similarly to Nissan's ProPilot, which combines centering, lane departure intervention, and adaptive cruise control all into one. When activated, it can provide a semi-autonomous driving function that can allow the driver to relax while driving on the freeway.
Under the hood, the all-new QX60 continues to be powered by a 3.5-liter, naturally-aspirated V6. It makes a respectable 299 PS and 366 Nm of torque. New for 2022, however, is a nine-speed automatic transmission that replaces the CVT.
Infiniti claims that the new nine-speed auto will deliver a smoother driving experience compared to the CVT. Front-wheel-drive will come as standard, while all-wheel-drive will be available as an option.
The new QX60 will be built at the company's Smyrna, Tennesse plant and will be sold to both North American and global buyers alike. Beginning next year, however, Infiniti will also start producing the QX60 in China exclusively for buyers in the region.
Should Infiniti plan on setting up a presence in the Philippines, the all-new QX60 could be one of their pioneer models to attract buyers. It might even give the Lexus RX new competition.