With an eye towards snaring an even larger slice of the premium full-size SUV market, the all-new 2011 Infiniti QX56 made its world debut in New York boasting a new look, new features and enhanced capabilities.
The Infiniti QX is a luxury SUV built by Nissan and originally sold in North America. The first generation received its naming inspiration from the recognized four wheel drive terminology “4×4” with Infiniti adding a “Q” at the beginning to suggest it was a luxurious “4×4”, borrowed from the Q45. The first generation also had a briefly available Japanese version called the Nissan Terrano Regulus.
In addition to smartly stepping up its real-world appeal, Infiniti announced that price points for both the rear- and four-wheel-drive variants of the 7/8-passenger QX56 will carry over at existing 2010 levels.
That means a rear-drive 2011 QX56 will start at $57,565, while the four-wheel-drive model will open at $60,665 when they go on sale this summer.
The QX’s interior design includes a number of the standard and optional amenities featured in the 2010 Infiniti M, such as semi-aniline leather seats, four-zone climate control, a Bose 2-channel, 13-speaker Premium Audio surround sound stereo system with hard drive memory storage, a hard-drive based navigation system, XM satellite radio with NavTraffic is standard, a power liftgate/tailgate, and Infiniti Intuitive Park Assist, a parking assist feature which uses the around view monitor.
Other features include climate controlled front and rear seats, streaming audio via Bluetooth wireless technology, a center console cooler for storage of cold drinks which can be accessed by both front and rear passengers, power sliding rear seats, power third row seats, and a 7-inch DVD rear-seat entertainment system. Curtain Vent, new for this generation, directs air flow from the air conditioning system from above each side window down towards the floor.
A new Around View Monitor system uses a camera mounted on the grill giving a 180 degree view in front and another camera mounted on the passenger side of the vehicle’s side mirror helps eliminate blind spots on the side at low speeds such as when in parking lots or on off-road adventures.