- Refreshed exterior design adds to premium look and feel
- Chassis dynamics retuned for a more engaging, comfortable drive
- Interior revisions bring enhanced luxury for up to seven occupants
- Augmented suite of assistive and intuitive technologies
NASHVILLE – INFINITI has comprehensively enhanced its versatile QX60 premium crossover for 2016, introducing a wide range of changes that improve the seven-seater's exterior design and its driving dynamics, while showcasing new features and technologies that improve comfort, convenience and safety.
Reflecting an evolution of INFINITI's stand-out artistic design, the 2016 QX60's revised form accentuates its powerful elegance and craftsmanship. This is a premium crossover that continues to defy segment expectations by providing flexible and accessible seating for up to seven, while at the same time delivering superior standards of comfort and luxury.
The 2016 QX60's new suspension components and settings combine to deliver superior levels of both comfort and agility, while a revised steering system delivers greater feedback for a more rewarding drive. Available with standard Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, the QX60 is offered with a choice of powerful and efficient powertrains – 3.5-litre V6 gasoline or Hybrid.
Whichever engine is chosen, upgraded cabin sound insulation and revised engine mounts for the 2016 model reduce the ingress of noise, vibration and harshness, enabling occupants to better appreciate the uprated cabin materials and the feature-rich audio and connectivity systems.
Seven new equipment packages and a new range of exterior colours for 2016 allows customers to take a truly tailored approach in specifying the QX60 premium crossover to meet their individual needs and preferences.
Global sales of the QX60 during the first eleven months of 2015 reached 48,684, year-on-year, representing a growth of 24 per cent. In the Canadian market sales have increased nine per cent compared to the same period in 2014. INFINITI expects the new 2016 model to attract even more premium buyers to the brand.
"The new QX60 will become an important part of INFINITI's global growth strategy as the global premium crossover market continues to grow. The new model builds on the characteristics that have made QX60 an increasingly popular choice with premium buyers, offering enhanced design, driving dynamics and best-in-class levels of interior comfort and convenience."
Francois Bancon, INFINITI Vice President Product Strategy
Refreshed exterior conveys a premium look
The exterior of the QX60 reflects INFINITI's design-led approach to product development, and a desire to craft vehicle forms which combine power and confident artistry through taut, muscular shapes and flowing lines. The look is unmistakably INFINITI and the new QX60 features familiar signature brand design cues such as the dramatic double-arch front grille, double-wave hood and crescent-cut D-pillar.
At the front, the redesigned double-arch grille is flanked by standard-fit bi-xenon headlamps. There is greater use of LED lighting, including new LED daytime running lights. Complementing the revised headlamps are front fog lamps, which feature LED lighting and chrome finishers.
The lighting extends to the side and rear of the vehicle, with side indicators and taillights sitting flush to body and incorporating the turn signal in red. The rear hatch has also received attention, featuring a new chrome finisher, while retaining its power lift function. Above the rear hatch a new roof-mounted and body colour "shark fin" antenna has been added, working in-conjunction with the in-glass antenna.
Incorporated into both front and rear bumpers are new, flush-mounted sonar sensors. Except for two additions at the centre of the front bumper, these body-coloured sensors no longer have a surrounding bezel, adding to the premium appearance.
The 2016 QX60 is available in seven exterior colours: Platinum Ice, Black Obsidian, Hermosa Blue, Majestic White, Asgard Grey, plus new Hagane Blue and Jade Green.
The smooth and aerodynamic shape of the QX60 achieves an unchanged drag coefficient of 0.34. The new model manages airflow over, under and around the exterior to promote road holding and high-speed stability. A front underbody spoiler, integrated rear spoiler and rear tire deflectors contribute to achieving zero lift across both front and rear axles.
A significant enhancement for the 2016 QX60 is the addition of acoustic glass for better insulation from high frequency noise. Constructed of three layers, the acoustic side glass minimizes the intrusion of wind noise into the cabin, while also reducing the effects of tire noise. The result is class-leading noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels at a constant speed.
Retuned dynamics for a more engaging drive
The focus for INFINITI's QX60 engineers was to provide an even more assured and confidence-inspiring driving experience. This has been achieved through the introduction of new chassis technologies and revised settings for components carried over from the previous model.
The independent-strut front and multi-link rear suspension feature new shock absorbers and spring units, which result in smoother ride control with a reduction in body movement when cornering. New 235/65 R18 T-rated all-season tires are standard, selected to provide improvements in grip and balance. Completing the dynamic changes, a retuned vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering system, now requiring just 2.9 turns lock-to-lock, offers the driver increased response to steering inputs and enhanced feedback.
The INFINITI Drive Mode Selector (DMS) allows the driver to vary throttle response and gearshift patterns to optimize performance for the conditions and their own preferences. The driver can select from four drive modes – Standard, Sport, Eco and Snow – using a rotary dial mounted in the centre console.
To enhance stability and feel through the controls when cornering, the Active Trace Control system links with the QX60's standard Vehicle Dynamic Control system (upgraded for 2016), to automatically apply the brakes in a specific pattern and then smooth engine torque characteristics while accelerating.
The new QX60 is available two models, QX60 AWD and QX60 Hybrid AWD. Both variants provide the responsive performance and fuel efficiency increasingly demanded by premium crossover buyers.
The standard 3.5-litre V6 is mated to a sport-tuned, electronically controlled continuously variable transmission with D-Step Logic that provides high levels of response and a seamless, efficient shift feel. The transmission's logic mimics the shift pattern of a more traditional step transmission. Included is a manual shift mode, allowing the driver to manually select from the pre-set gear ratios, if preferred.
The 3.5-litre V6 engine produces 265 horsepower at 6,400 rpm with peak torque of 248 lb-ft (336 Nm) available at 4,400 rpm. The engine includes a variable induction control system to improve volumetric efficiency at low and middle speed ranges, while an efficient belt layout reduces maintenance requirements and aids fuel efficiency. Revised engine mounts reduce the vibration transmitted to the cabin and controls engine movement during cornering for enhanced stability and response.
The 2016 QX60 is also offered with a hybrid drivetrain, featuring a supercharged 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder engine and an electric motor powered by a compact Lithium-ion battery pack. The system produces a combined 250 horsepower and 243 lb-ft (329 Nm) of torque. For 2016, the engine is mounted using new electric-active controlled liquid-filled engine mounts for reduced vibration in the cabin and enhanced cornering.
Premium comfort and convenience for seven occupants
The QX60 utilizes a flat platform floor, which not only allows for a more dramatic design approach but also enhances interior space and flexibility. The second-row seating features almost six inches (150 mm) travel, adjustable either to the benefit of passenger leg room or rear cargo space, as required.
Traditionally a compromised area, the third-row seating is able to accommodate children or adults with practical head- and knee room. Access to the third row of seats is facilitated by wide door openings and the long forward travel of the second-row seating. The second-row seating's unique forward movement function also negates the need to remove any child seat fitted to the second row when accessing the third-row seating. In addition, both second- and third-row seating incorporate a split folding function, 60/40 for the second row and 50/50 for the third row, to further increase versatility and practicality. Both rows also recline for greater occupant comfort.
As well as being truly versatile, the interior of the QX60 offers elegance and fine craftsmanship. Key design features include INFINITI's signature driver-oriented cockpit, highlighted by thin chrome accents. Boosting the premium feel of the interior, for 2016 the upper instrument panel has been wrapped in soft-touch material with contrast stitching, while the gearshift knob and surround feature a new design and finish.
"Graphite Weave" is the standard interior leather trim, with a quilted seat base and maple accents available with the Deluxe Touring Package'. All models benefit from contrast stitching to the upper instrument and door panels available in three colours, ‘Graphite' ,‘Java' and ‘Wheat'. The seat piping can also be specified in these colours. As an additional convenience for front seat occupants, the memory seat button has been relocated to the upper door trim.
The tri-zone automatic temperature control system with microfilter has been revised for the 2016 QX60, offering improved performance for the first- and second-row occupants. A power sliding moonroof with tinted glass, one-touch open/close, tilt feature and sliding sunshade is standard on all models.
Available as part of the Deluxe Touring Package is an Advanced Climate Control System with Plasmacluster® air purifier, grape polyphenol filter and auto recirculation. Also included within the Deluxe Touring Package is a panoramic moonroof with power rear sunshade, which provides a light, airy environment for rear passengers.
Standard connectivity and entertainment features include Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, separately available), and USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices. For 3.5-litre models, three additional USB charging ports have been added to the cabin, one convenient for the second-row seating and two for the third-row seating.
High levels of connectivity, convenience and safety
For 2016, the QX60 continues to deliver a high level of assistive and intuitive technology features, aimed at enhancing the premium crossover experience for all occupants.
INFINITI Connection™ services include 24-hour automatic crash notification, emergency call, enhanced roadside assistance, stolen vehicle reporting, remote door lock/unlock, alarm notification, maintenance alert and scheduled maintenance notification. The "My Schedule" function can automatically synch a user's schedule through Google Calendar™ and provide navigation guidance to appointments.
Safeguarding occupants is a top priority for INFINITI, and several new safety technologies are available through 2016 QX60's revised options packages.
Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) utilizes advanced technology to calculate the distance between QX60 and the vehicle in front, as well as the speed of both vehicles, to detect the possibility of a collision and help mitigate or prevent it. The system operates in two stages, risk detection and collision detection. On detecting a risk, the system initially alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings and forcibly backs off the throttle. If the driver releases the accelerator, the system will apply partial braking. In the event that the system detects a collision may occur and there is no action taken by the driver, the system provides an additional set of warnings and applies harder braking to help avoid a collision, or mitigate the consequences should one occur. The Pedestrian Detection function within the FEB system applies this technology to avoid or mitigate collisions with pedestrians.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) alerts the driver of hazards in the road ahead – taking automatic action to help avoid or mitigate the effects of a collision.
Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) alerts the driver to crossing vehicles and other large stationary objects to the rear when the transmission is in reverse. If necessary, the system is able to automatically engage the brakes to help avoid or mitigate a collision.
Parking is made easy with the addition of a new Around View® Monitor (AVM), with Moving Object Detection (MOD), using four wide-angle lenses – one on each side of the vehicle – to create a "birds-eye" view on the centre console and give drivers a clear picture of nearby hazards during low-speed maneuvers.
In addition to the long list of standard equipment, seven option packages, newly introduced for 2016, provide a means of personalization that reflects INFINITI's versatile and passenger-minded approach to the new QX60.
The new INFINITI QX60 goes on sale in Canada in February 2016.
Please note: All product information contained in this press kit relates to global QX60 information, including technical specifications, powertrains and standard/optional equipment and features. Please contact your country's INFINITI PR office for product details relevant to your market.
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