The 2022 Infiniti QX60 gets a bold refresh and more space


The current generation Infiniti QX60 has been on sale since 2012. In other words, it’s old. It didn’t really affect its popularity, however. The three-row midsize crossover was Infiniti’s best-selling model last year and has consistently won against tough competition like the Acura MDX and Volvo XC90. Still, Infiniti needed to bring this Stone Age SUV out, and it looks to be the case with the introduction of the redesigned 2022 model.

It only takes a quick glance to see that this new QX60 is a radical design change from the 2020 version currently on sale at dealerships. (You read that right: there was no QX60 from model year 2021.) The QX60, in general, has remained good looking over its nearly ten-year lifespan, at least in my eyes. The ’22 model, however, is an absolute marvel with its bold face, sculpted body, and creative visual touches like headlights and taillights inspired by piano keys.

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The return of the Infiniti QX60 for the 2022 model year. - Credit: Photo by Manuel Carrillo III.

The return of the Infiniti QX60 for the 2022 model year. – Credit: Photo by Manuel Carrillo III.

Photo by Manuel Carrillo III.

The same goes for the interior, especially with those elegant triangular speaker grooves in the door panels. The technology of the new interior is as much a leap forward as its design. Considering that the interior of the 2020 model dates back to a time when people worried about what the Mayan calendar foretold, it’s no surprise that it lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Not version 22, however. Both varieties of smartphone mirrors are standard, with the Apple version being able to project wirelessly. And all new QX60s have a 12.3-inch touchscreen atop the center console, and Wi-Fi is mandatory as well. Optional technology includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.8-inch head-up display, wireless phone charging, and a 17-speaker Bose Performance Series audio system.

Standard advanced driver assistance features include forward automatic braking with pedestrian detection and reverse automatic braking. Traffic sign recognition is optional, as is ProPilot Assist, Infiniti’s version of adaptive lane-centering cruise control. Now coupled with the navigation system, the vehicle can slow down when cornering and exiting. In addition, ProPilot Assist with Navi Link can also remain activated for up to 30 seconds in traffic jams when the vehicle is stationary.

The QX60 has a 12.3-inch touchscreen and Wi-Fi capabilities as standard, while a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.8-inch head-up display are part of the package. list of options.  - Credit: Photo by Manuel Carrillo III.

The QX60 has a 12.3-inch touchscreen and Wi-Fi capabilities as standard, while a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.8-inch head-up display are part of the package. list of options. – Credit: Photo by Manuel Carrillo III.

Photo by Manuel Carrillo III.

With the latest QX60 being 1 inch taller and wider than its predecessor, interior comfort is better than ever for up to seven occupants sitting under the standard panoramic sunroof. The “zero gravity” front seats are absolutely cozy and can now be fitted with a nifty massage feature. And there is plenty of space to stretch out in the second row, which can be available in a variety of bench or captain’s chair. Although the captain’s seats reduce the overall occupancy to six, with this arrangement you get a smart center console that can be easily removed for easier movement around the cabin.

The second row configured with Captain & # x002019; s chairs.  - Credit: Photo: Courtesy of Infiniti.

The second row configured with captain chairs. – Credit: Photo: Courtesy of Infiniti.

Photo: Courtesy of Infiniti.

With the push of a button, the second row tilt and slide forward to access the third row, all without having to remove the child seats. Once you’re fully in the back, this Infiniti feels noticeably more accommodating. At a height of 5ft 10in, I found my head lightly brushing against the headliner of the last row from the previous iteration. I now have full authorization.

The new design of the crossover headlights is inspired by the piano keys.  - Credit: Photo: Courtesy of Infiniti.

The new design of the crossover headlights is inspired by the piano keys. – Credit: Photo: Courtesy of Infiniti.

Photo: Courtesy of Infiniti.

Behind the third row is 14.5 cubic feet of cargo space, expandable to 41.6 cubic feet and 75.4 cubic feet with the third and second rows folded down, respectively. These measurements are roughly equivalent to what existed before and are average for the segment. If you need to haul more, the QX60 can now tow up to 6,000 pounds when properly equipped; 1,000 extra pounds over last year’s offer.

There is 41.6 cubic feet of cargo space with just the third row folded down.  - Credit: Photo by Manuel Carrillo III.

There is 41.6 cubic feet of cargo space with just the third row folded down. – Credit: Photo by Manuel Carrillo III.

Photo by Manuel Carrillo III.

Based on the same base architecture as the 2020 QX60, the ’22 retains the 3.5-liter V6 from the current model. The powertrain sends 295 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque to the standard front wheels, or all four, as an option. However, the upcoming QX60 is ditching the continuously variable transmission in favor of a nine-speed automatic, which plays a big role in this towing rate increase.

The QX60's 3.5-liter V6 produces 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.  - Credit: Photo: Courtesy of Infiniti.

The QX60’s 3.5-liter V6 produces 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. – Credit: Photo: Courtesy of Infiniti.

Photo: Courtesy of Infiniti.

With all of these changes for 2022, will the QX60 deliver a drastically different driving experience from the previous examples? That remains to be seen until we get a chance to get behind the wheel later this year. As for pricing, expect to see this information by mid-July and sales should start in the fall.

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