The all-new 2011 Infiniti QX56 full-size SUV has been unveiled today at the New York International Auto Show. The second-generation Infiniti QX is based on the already revealed 2011 Nissan Patrol. Infiniti’s SUV features a unique front and end treatment, but the rest of the body has remained unchanged.
The new QX features revised dimensions versus the previous model as it is 1.4-inches longer, 1.1-inches wider and 3.8-inches lower in overall height.
“If you could take the interior of a private jet and transform it into a full-size SUV, this wouldn’t be far off,” said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Business Unit. “From its available sofa-like semi-aniline leather seating to its premium audio and three-source entertainment systems, the QX interior is world-class. It’s a highly adaptive environment, with a quality and quietness that adds to the stress-free driving and riding experience.”
The new QX features standard 7-passenger seating capacity, with 8-passenger capacity available with the 2nd row 60/40-split folding bench seat. Also available is a remote release for the 2nd row seats to activate the tip-up function through a switch on the center stack. The 3rd row seat is a 60/40-split power folding design with reclining capability.
The 2011 2011 QX56 is powered by a new 5.6-liter V8 engine with direct-injection technology that’s rated at 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. Despite the 25% increase in horsepower over the previous QX, Infiniti claims that the new model is more than 10% more fuel efficient.
The V8 unit is hooked up to a standard 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev Match.
The QX is offered in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, with the 4WD model featuring Infiniti’s All-Mode 4WD system with Auto, 4H, and 4L modes. The system can transfer up to 50 per cent of torque to the front wheels on demand.
The 2011 QX will go on sale at Infiniti retailers in early summer with price at $56,700 USD for the 2WD and $59,800 USD for the 4WD model.