- The 2022 Infiniti QX60 will go on sale in Canada and the United States in late 2021.
- A 3.5L V6 is once again found in the crossover, now matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
- The QX60 benefits from a more luxurious cabin and upgraded tech.
The 2022 Infiniti QX60 made its world debut, and it benefits from an extensive makeover. On sale since 2012 as a 2013 model, initially launched as the JX35, then renamed QX60, the luxury brand’s midsize three-row crossover boasts a new design, more luxurious interior appointments and something familiar under the hood.
It starts with more elegant and better-proportioned bodywork, highlighted by an evolution of Infiniti’s trademark grille, with a chrome surround incorporating the brand’s name in capital letters in addition to its logo. A new signature paint colour called Moonbow Blue is introduced, described as “the silence in the full-moon light on a humid summer evening.” Its pigments offer various hues depending on light and shade, shifting from purple through green, something we’re anxious to see in person. A black-painted roof is available as an option, giving the crossover a contemporary appearance, and most trim levels come equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels.
The 2022 Infiniti QX60’s cabin gets new materials with soft-touch surfaces, the priciest variants – such as the new AUTOGRAPH – even adorning quilted leather padding and open-pore wood on the dashboard. Leather upholstery is standard, while Saddle Brown semi-aniline cowhide is available as well, with double-stitch accenting and seat piping. A panoramic roof is once again standard across the board.
As before, the QX60 includes three rows of seats for a capacity of up to seven passengers, while the AUTOGRAPH trim gets second-row captain’s chairs to accommodate up to six people, a first for the nameplate. The brand claims the QX60 offers a theatre-style seating layout, with the rear seat cushions positioned slightly higher than the front ones, along with more legroom, or what it calls “hip to heel” space. The first row serves up standard seat heaters as well as available cooling and massaging, and heated second-row seats are optional, too. There are now up to four LATCH points in the vehicle, two in the second row and two in the third one. Cargo space is slightly more generous than before, which is always welcome.
All trim levels of the 2022 Infiniti QX60 receive a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto integration, while wireless phone charging, an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot as well as Infiniti MyTouch Services are available, as is a 17-speaker Bose Performances sound system. Other techno goodies include 10.8-inch head-up display, a 12.3-inch digital driver instrument panel, a Smart Rear View Mirror (which uses a rear-facing camera) and ProPILOT Assist semi-autonomous driving.
The naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 engine is back, producing 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. However, the previous-generation’s continuously variable transmission has been ditched in favour of a conventional nine-speed automatic, which is said to help both efficiency and responsiveness. Fuel economy numbers aren’t available yet, but if the QX60’s corporate cousin that shares the same powertrain, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, is any indication, the Infiniti should present improved efficiency in city driving. Towing capacity rises from 5,000 to 6,000 pounds, matching the Pathfinder’s rating.
Standard in Canada and optional in the United States, the 2022 Infiniti QX60’s AWD system has been reworked, but as before, it favours the front wheels under normal driving conditions, and can send up to 50% of the engine’s power to the rear wheels when slippage occurs.
The 2022 Infiniti QX60 will hit Canadian and U.S. markets near the end of 2021, although pricing has yet to be announced. It will compete once again with the Buick Enclave, the Acura MDX, the Cadillac XT6, the Lincoln Aviator, the Land Rover Discovery and several other luxury midsize three-row crossovers.