A couple of years ago, the Infiniti JX was suddenly, unceremoniously renamed the QX60. And while then the vehicle itself didn’t change in an recognizable way from one badge to the other, Intiniti is now introducing a series of changes for the QX60 that bring it more in line with the fresh design brought in by the Q30 and QX30 hatchbacks and, soon, the new Q60 Coupe.
Most notably, the 2016 Infiniti QX60 gets a new version of the brand’s double-arch grille, with new standard bi-xenon headlamps and more LED lighting all around, including LED running lamps and new LED fog lamps. Side indicators get a red turn-signal lamp, while the hatch adds a chrome finisher and roof-mounted antenna.
For 2016, Infiniti has also introduces revised engine mounts and upgrades to cabin sound insulation. It’s also added acoustic side glass to help seal out higher-frequency tire noise. And despite the somewhat higher-looking grille, the QX60 keeps its drag coeffieicnt, with the new model adding a front underbody spoiler, integrated rear spoiler, and rear tire deflectors.
The suspension is essentially carried over, with a strut-based front suspension and rear multi-link configuration. Ride quality should be a bit better, thanks to new shock tuning aimed at a smoother ride with less body motion during cornering. The power steering has been retuned also, with a quicker effective ratio, and the the QX60 now includes standard 18-inch all-season tires.
Smoother powertrains, more soft to touch
Powertrains are carried over, too, although with a little more composure, perhaps. Standard QX60 models are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6, making 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque—also with some improvements this year for smoothness, and with the latest D-Step Logic for the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)—while the Hybrid gets a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and compact lithium-ion battery pack, making 250 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. Infiniti notes that this system uses new active, liquid-filled engine mounts to help cut vibration—although the automaker notes very little about improvements to overcome the sluggish drivability and lackluster fuel economy we’ve observed with this powertrain in the past.
It appears that not quite as much has changed design-wise on the inside, although Infiniti does point to the upper instrument panel, which is now wrapped in soft-touch material with contrast stitching, and to a new design and finish for the gearshift knob and surround. There’s also a new Graphite Weave leather trim for the interior, with quilted seat bases and maple accents in Deluxe Technology Package form.
Infiniti has added three more USB charging ports to the cabin, while the tri-zone climate control system has improved performance for the front two rows. The power moonroof is also now standard for all models in the lineup.
Some significant safety upgrades—like automatic braking
New safety items for the 2016 Infiniti QX60 include Forward Collision Warning, Backup Collision Intervention, and a new Forward Emergency Braking system that will automatically brake to either help mitigate or prevent a collision.
The new 2016 QX60 lineup will be offered in four models, including front- and all-wheel drive versions of both the standard model and the QX60 Hybrid.
Infiniti says that the 2016 QX60 goes on sale in late winter 2016. Look for more details and impressions, first as we see this revised model up close at the Detroit Auto Show next month, and later, from the driver’s seat.