New QX60 builds on Infiniti success

Autos Apr 09, 2016 by Jim Robinson Ajax News Advertiser

SAN ANTONIO, TX: You don't mess with success, which surely applies to the QX60, Infiniti Canada’s top-selling nameplate.

It joins with the compact luxury QX30 expected later this year, the mid-size QX50, the QX70 “performance crossover” and the full-size QX80 luxury SUV.

It’s tough to put a size on the QX60 because it fits as an intermediate CUV, but has best-in-class interior volume for up to seven passengers more like a full-size crossover.

More than 12,800 QX60s have been sold to date, with more than 90 per cent of buyers being new to the brand.

So with those kinds of numbers, the 2016 version of the QX60 gets a major refresh but the core values are not played around with.

From the outside the full suite of now signature design cues are applied such as the signature grille, headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, integrated LED turn signals in the side rearview mirrors and new 18-inch and 20-inch wheel designs.

Always well appointed, the 2016 interior adds new graphite weave interior accents, stitched upper dash and a new shift lever (shared with the new Q60 coupe).

The list of standard or optional technology on the QX60 is almost endless, a partial list includes: Infiniti Connection telematics system with Google Calendar; Drive Zone/Speed Alerts; remote services plus emergency services; a Bose Cabin Surround 15-speaker sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and Acoustic Waveguide subwoofer.

An interesting feature is the Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), which uses four wide-angle lens-equipped cameras to create a “birds-eye” view on the centre console of the area surrounding the QX60 during parking and other slow-speed maneuvers.

On the safety side, it offers features such as: Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP); Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) system; Blind Spot Intervention (BSI) system; Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range); Distance Control Assist (DCA); Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW); Active Trace Control; and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

New for 2016 are the advanced Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) system, which warns the driver of risks beyond the driver’s field of view, and Forward Emergency Braking with a new pedestrian detection feature.

I could go on, but I only have so much space for this story, but suffice it to say, the QX60 is content rich including no less that eight cupholders, six bottle holders, four 12-volt power point and an available 120-volt outlet in the rear in front of the centre console.

All QX60s in Canada will have standard all-wheel-drive with a 3.5-litre quad cam V6 producing 265 hp and 248 lb/ft of torque and CVT transmission with fuel consumption rated at 12.2/8.9L/10.7L/100 km city/highway/combined.

There is also a Hybrid version of the QX60 with a supercharged 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder and an electric motor powered by a compact lithium-ion battery pack and rated at 250 net system horsepower.

The front strut suspension has been returned with a thicker stabilizer bar while the rear multi-link system gets a pre-compressed shock mount that increases damping force without increases road noise in the cabin.

Seating for seven is made easy with a 40:60 split second row seat with 5.5 inches of slide to facilitate third row access and the second row has heated seats optional.

Cargo volume behind the third row is 15.8 cu ft, 40.8 cu ft behind the second row and 76.5 cu ft behind the first row.

The ride and drive of the new QX60 was held in and around San Antonio which, while always pleasant, does not offer the most challenging terrain, being mostly flat/straight two-lane highways surrounded on all side by endless acres of scrub.

My driving partner and I were in a Deluxe Touring and Technology model ($61,400) that had just about every option or feature in the parts bin and boasted a warming “wheat” coloured interior.

On the interstate, the QX60 rolled along calmly with the lane departure alert making itself known as very strong side gusts pushed us around a bit.

Off the main roads, the QX60 with its new power steering rack and improved chassis tuning continued to provide a supple ride when we finally found some slightly twisty roads.

I am sure all the safety and ride systems were working away, but I never felt a thing — such is the level technology these days.

It would be the almost perfect vehicle to take on cottage trails or drive across the country.

Infiniti, long near the bottom 10 of luxury vehicle makers, is now growing swiftly with sales in Canada up 10 per cent last year and 16 per cent last year. It sold 215,250 units in 2015; marking the first time in its history it exceeded the 200,000 mark globally.

Infiniti Canada is on a roll with the QX60 leading the way.


INFINITI QX60 2016 SEDAN AT A GLANCE

BODY STYLE: Mid-size luxury crossover

DRIVE METHOD: front-engine with multi-step CVT, all-wheel-drive,

ENGINE: 3.5-litre quad cam V6 (265 hp and 248 lb/ft of torque)

FUEL ECONOMY: (Regular), Estimated 12.2/8.9L/10.7L/100 km city/highway/combined

CARGO VOLUME: 15.8 cu ft behind the third row, 40.8 cu ft behind the second row, 76.5 cu ft behind the first row

TOW RATING: 2,268 kg (5,000 lb)

PRICING: Base, $47,400; Premium, $52,400; Premium Driver Assistance, $54,600; Premium Deluxe Touring, $56,900; Premium Driver Assistance, Deluxe Touring and Technology, $61,400; Hybrid Premium, $57,900; Hybrid Premium, Theatre and Driver Assistance, Deluxe Touring and Technology, $66,900

WEBSITE: www.infiniti.ca

WHAT’S BEST: Sharp exterior look matched by sumptuously appointed interior and all at a very competitive price.

WHAT’S WORST: Being in the middle of a five-vehicle CUV/SUV lineup makes choosing one over the other difficult.

WHAT’S INTERESTING: Talk about storage! How about eight cupholders, six bottle holders, four 12-volt power points and an available 120-volt outlet, not to mention bins and cubbies?

Jim Robinson is an automotive journalist for Metroland Media

New QX60 builds on Infiniti success

Autos Apr 09, 2016 by Jim Robinson Ajax News Advertiser

SAN ANTONIO, TX: You don't mess with success, which surely applies to the QX60, Infiniti Canada’s top-selling nameplate.

It joins with the compact luxury QX30 expected later this year, the mid-size QX50, the QX70 “performance crossover” and the full-size QX80 luxury SUV.

It’s tough to put a size on the QX60 because it fits as an intermediate CUV, but has best-in-class interior volume for up to seven passengers more like a full-size crossover.

More than 12,800 QX60s have been sold to date, with more than 90 per cent of buyers being new to the brand.

So with those kinds of numbers, the 2016 version of the QX60 gets a major refresh but the core values are not played around with.

From the outside the full suite of now signature design cues are applied such as the signature grille, headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, integrated LED turn signals in the side rearview mirrors and new 18-inch and 20-inch wheel designs.

Always well appointed, the 2016 interior adds new graphite weave interior accents, stitched upper dash and a new shift lever (shared with the new Q60 coupe).

The list of standard or optional technology on the QX60 is almost endless, a partial list includes: Infiniti Connection telematics system with Google Calendar; Drive Zone/Speed Alerts; remote services plus emergency services; a Bose Cabin Surround 15-speaker sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and Acoustic Waveguide subwoofer.

An interesting feature is the Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), which uses four wide-angle lens-equipped cameras to create a “birds-eye” view on the centre console of the area surrounding the QX60 during parking and other slow-speed maneuvers.

On the safety side, it offers features such as: Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP); Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) system; Blind Spot Intervention (BSI) system; Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range); Distance Control Assist (DCA); Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW); Active Trace Control; and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

New for 2016 are the advanced Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) system, which warns the driver of risks beyond the driver’s field of view, and Forward Emergency Braking with a new pedestrian detection feature.

I could go on, but I only have so much space for this story, but suffice it to say, the QX60 is content rich including no less that eight cupholders, six bottle holders, four 12-volt power point and an available 120-volt outlet in the rear in front of the centre console.

All QX60s in Canada will have standard all-wheel-drive with a 3.5-litre quad cam V6 producing 265 hp and 248 lb/ft of torque and CVT transmission with fuel consumption rated at 12.2/8.9L/10.7L/100 km city/highway/combined.

There is also a Hybrid version of the QX60 with a supercharged 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder and an electric motor powered by a compact lithium-ion battery pack and rated at 250 net system horsepower.

The front strut suspension has been returned with a thicker stabilizer bar while the rear multi-link system gets a pre-compressed shock mount that increases damping force without increases road noise in the cabin.

Seating for seven is made easy with a 40:60 split second row seat with 5.5 inches of slide to facilitate third row access and the second row has heated seats optional.

Cargo volume behind the third row is 15.8 cu ft, 40.8 cu ft behind the second row and 76.5 cu ft behind the first row.

The ride and drive of the new QX60 was held in and around San Antonio which, while always pleasant, does not offer the most challenging terrain, being mostly flat/straight two-lane highways surrounded on all side by endless acres of scrub.

My driving partner and I were in a Deluxe Touring and Technology model ($61,400) that had just about every option or feature in the parts bin and boasted a warming “wheat” coloured interior.

On the interstate, the QX60 rolled along calmly with the lane departure alert making itself known as very strong side gusts pushed us around a bit.

Off the main roads, the QX60 with its new power steering rack and improved chassis tuning continued to provide a supple ride when we finally found some slightly twisty roads.

I am sure all the safety and ride systems were working away, but I never felt a thing — such is the level technology these days.

It would be the almost perfect vehicle to take on cottage trails or drive across the country.

Infiniti, long near the bottom 10 of luxury vehicle makers, is now growing swiftly with sales in Canada up 10 per cent last year and 16 per cent last year. It sold 215,250 units in 2015; marking the first time in its history it exceeded the 200,000 mark globally.

Infiniti Canada is on a roll with the QX60 leading the way.


INFINITI QX60 2016 SEDAN AT A GLANCE

BODY STYLE: Mid-size luxury crossover

DRIVE METHOD: front-engine with multi-step CVT, all-wheel-drive,

ENGINE: 3.5-litre quad cam V6 (265 hp and 248 lb/ft of torque)

FUEL ECONOMY: (Regular), Estimated 12.2/8.9L/10.7L/100 km city/highway/combined

CARGO VOLUME: 15.8 cu ft behind the third row, 40.8 cu ft behind the second row, 76.5 cu ft behind the first row

TOW RATING: 2,268 kg (5,000 lb)

PRICING: Base, $47,400; Premium, $52,400; Premium Driver Assistance, $54,600; Premium Deluxe Touring, $56,900; Premium Driver Assistance, Deluxe Touring and Technology, $61,400; Hybrid Premium, $57,900; Hybrid Premium, Theatre and Driver Assistance, Deluxe Touring and Technology, $66,900

WEBSITE: www.infiniti.ca

WHAT’S BEST: Sharp exterior look matched by sumptuously appointed interior and all at a very competitive price.

WHAT’S WORST: Being in the middle of a five-vehicle CUV/SUV lineup makes choosing one over the other difficult.

WHAT’S INTERESTING: Talk about storage! How about eight cupholders, six bottle holders, four 12-volt power points and an available 120-volt outlet, not to mention bins and cubbies?

Jim Robinson is an automotive journalist for Metroland Media

New QX60 builds on Infiniti success

Autos Apr 09, 2016 by Jim Robinson Ajax News Advertiser

SAN ANTONIO, TX: You don't mess with success, which surely applies to the QX60, Infiniti Canada’s top-selling nameplate.

It joins with the compact luxury QX30 expected later this year, the mid-size QX50, the QX70 “performance crossover” and the full-size QX80 luxury SUV.

It’s tough to put a size on the QX60 because it fits as an intermediate CUV, but has best-in-class interior volume for up to seven passengers more like a full-size crossover.

More than 12,800 QX60s have been sold to date, with more than 90 per cent of buyers being new to the brand.

So with those kinds of numbers, the 2016 version of the QX60 gets a major refresh but the core values are not played around with.

From the outside the full suite of now signature design cues are applied such as the signature grille, headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, integrated LED turn signals in the side rearview mirrors and new 18-inch and 20-inch wheel designs.

Always well appointed, the 2016 interior adds new graphite weave interior accents, stitched upper dash and a new shift lever (shared with the new Q60 coupe).

The list of standard or optional technology on the QX60 is almost endless, a partial list includes: Infiniti Connection telematics system with Google Calendar; Drive Zone/Speed Alerts; remote services plus emergency services; a Bose Cabin Surround 15-speaker sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and Acoustic Waveguide subwoofer.

An interesting feature is the Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), which uses four wide-angle lens-equipped cameras to create a “birds-eye” view on the centre console of the area surrounding the QX60 during parking and other slow-speed maneuvers.

On the safety side, it offers features such as: Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP); Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) system; Blind Spot Intervention (BSI) system; Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range); Distance Control Assist (DCA); Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW); Active Trace Control; and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

New for 2016 are the advanced Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) system, which warns the driver of risks beyond the driver’s field of view, and Forward Emergency Braking with a new pedestrian detection feature.

I could go on, but I only have so much space for this story, but suffice it to say, the QX60 is content rich including no less that eight cupholders, six bottle holders, four 12-volt power point and an available 120-volt outlet in the rear in front of the centre console.

All QX60s in Canada will have standard all-wheel-drive with a 3.5-litre quad cam V6 producing 265 hp and 248 lb/ft of torque and CVT transmission with fuel consumption rated at 12.2/8.9L/10.7L/100 km city/highway/combined.

There is also a Hybrid version of the QX60 with a supercharged 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder and an electric motor powered by a compact lithium-ion battery pack and rated at 250 net system horsepower.

The front strut suspension has been returned with a thicker stabilizer bar while the rear multi-link system gets a pre-compressed shock mount that increases damping force without increases road noise in the cabin.

Seating for seven is made easy with a 40:60 split second row seat with 5.5 inches of slide to facilitate third row access and the second row has heated seats optional.

Cargo volume behind the third row is 15.8 cu ft, 40.8 cu ft behind the second row and 76.5 cu ft behind the first row.

The ride and drive of the new QX60 was held in and around San Antonio which, while always pleasant, does not offer the most challenging terrain, being mostly flat/straight two-lane highways surrounded on all side by endless acres of scrub.

My driving partner and I were in a Deluxe Touring and Technology model ($61,400) that had just about every option or feature in the parts bin and boasted a warming “wheat” coloured interior.

On the interstate, the QX60 rolled along calmly with the lane departure alert making itself known as very strong side gusts pushed us around a bit.

Off the main roads, the QX60 with its new power steering rack and improved chassis tuning continued to provide a supple ride when we finally found some slightly twisty roads.

I am sure all the safety and ride systems were working away, but I never felt a thing — such is the level technology these days.

It would be the almost perfect vehicle to take on cottage trails or drive across the country.

Infiniti, long near the bottom 10 of luxury vehicle makers, is now growing swiftly with sales in Canada up 10 per cent last year and 16 per cent last year. It sold 215,250 units in 2015; marking the first time in its history it exceeded the 200,000 mark globally.

Infiniti Canada is on a roll with the QX60 leading the way.


INFINITI QX60 2016 SEDAN AT A GLANCE

BODY STYLE: Mid-size luxury crossover

DRIVE METHOD: front-engine with multi-step CVT, all-wheel-drive,

ENGINE: 3.5-litre quad cam V6 (265 hp and 248 lb/ft of torque)

FUEL ECONOMY: (Regular), Estimated 12.2/8.9L/10.7L/100 km city/highway/combined

CARGO VOLUME: 15.8 cu ft behind the third row, 40.8 cu ft behind the second row, 76.5 cu ft behind the first row

TOW RATING: 2,268 kg (5,000 lb)

PRICING: Base, $47,400; Premium, $52,400; Premium Driver Assistance, $54,600; Premium Deluxe Touring, $56,900; Premium Driver Assistance, Deluxe Touring and Technology, $61,400; Hybrid Premium, $57,900; Hybrid Premium, Theatre and Driver Assistance, Deluxe Touring and Technology, $66,900

WEBSITE: www.infiniti.ca

WHAT’S BEST: Sharp exterior look matched by sumptuously appointed interior and all at a very competitive price.

WHAT’S WORST: Being in the middle of a five-vehicle CUV/SUV lineup makes choosing one over the other difficult.

WHAT’S INTERESTING: Talk about storage! How about eight cupholders, six bottle holders, four 12-volt power points and an available 120-volt outlet, not to mention bins and cubbies?

Jim Robinson is an automotive journalist for Metroland Media