On February 11, Nissan Motor’s overseas luxury car brand Infiniti released a photo of the prototype of the new “QX60” (Infiniti QX60).
In December 2012, Infiniti introduced a new naming method and decided to add “Q” to the car name for all cars. In line with this, Infiniti “JX”, a 7-seater luxury crossover car, changed its name to QX60.
The current QX60 was world premiered at the New York Motor Show 2013 in the United States in the spring of 2013. In January 2016, at the Detroit Motor Show 2016, the current QX60 received its first major improvement about three years after its debut, and an improved new model was announced.
The photo of the prototype of the new QX60 was announced this time. The commercial model will be released in North America in the latter half of 2021.
Pursuing a powerful silhouette with high aerodynamic performance
The current QX60 is popular with families and is known for its spacious packaging and unique comfortable three-row seats. It is said that the new proportions reflect Infiniti’s desire to transform the model with a powerful silhouette with higher aerodynamic performance while retaining these strengths.
At the front, a “double arch” grill, which is synonymous with Infiniti, is used. Seen from the side, it features a powerful horizontal bonnet, powerful fenders and a long wheelbase. The gently sloping A-pillars and the gradually thinning teardrop-shaped glasshouse create a sleek, flowing contour. The high shoulder line is said to have the effect of raising the center of gravity.
3.5 liter V6 has a maximum output of 295hp
The powertrain will be equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine. The maximum output draws 295hp. The transmission is combined with the newly developed ZF 9-speed AT. This aims to achieve the ideal balance of power, fuel economy, response and sophistication.
With a new powertrain, the new QX60 will provide drivers with a powerful yet relaxed ride through extensive testing and tuning of a 3.5-liter V6 engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The North American development team holds the steering wheel of the prototype of the new QX60 and travels thousands of hours, hundreds of thousands of miles, tuning response, functionality, ride and handling. Engineers at Infiniti’s Arizona Test Center are testing the new QX60 in high temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius, such as in Death Valley.
The newly developed 9-speed AT has a larger gear ratio. As a result, users can confidently achieve a highly responsive standing start performance. The 9-speed AT also has the effect of improving fuel efficiency on highways.
By widening the gear ratio, Infiniti engineers will also improve performance and ride comfort.The gear change of the new 9-speed AT is smooth, and Infiniti’s active torque mount blocks engine vibration outside the cabin, increasing quietness.
Expand the space around the center console with shift-by-wire
In the interior, the space around the center console will be expanded by adopting a shift-by-wire system. In this part, a drive mode selector that switches between five selectable modes (standard, ECO, snow, sports, and personal) is placed.
Infiniti aims to achieve the gentle driving demanded by QX60 customers by combining a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine with a sophisticated 9-speed automatic transmission.