2011 Infiniti QX56 debuts at NY auto show

Infiniti today revealed its all-new 2011 Infiniti QX full-size SUV at a press conference at the 2010 New York International Auto Show. The new second-generation QX, which is designed to offer a true five-star travel experience, is scheduled to go on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide this summer – with no increase in pricing over the 2010 QX. The 2011 QX is offered in two models – Infiniti QX56 2WD and Infiniti QX56 4WD.

The QX will be on display, along with the full lineup of inspired Infiniti vehicles – including the redesigned Infiniti G and all-new Infiniti M, which went on sale March 18th – at Jacob Javits Center from April 2nd through April 11th.

“We’re excited to be here in New York for the global debut of the Infiniti QX, a world-class vehicle that spotlights Infiniti’s inspired design, performance, technology and craftsmanship,” said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Business Unit. “The new QX gives us an incredible presence in full-size performance luxury SUVs – perfect for buyers seeking style, comfort, roominess and driving exhilaration.”

The 2011 Infiniti QX is conceived to attract and hold viewers’ attention, conveying its underlying sense of power and strength. The design is dynamic, its size capable of transporting eight adults and their belongings with spacious elegance. Inside the distinctive QX body is an interior long on luxury and convenience, including standard Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, Around View Monitor, Bose 2-channel, 13-speaker Premium Audio System, available perforated semi-aniline leather seating, and available DVD entertainment system with dual 7-inch color monitors which allows different sources to be played at the same time. The 2011 QX also offers ample 1st and 2nd row roominess and generous luggage space.

The 2011 QX combines a 400-horsepower 5.6L V8 engine with Infiniti’s VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) and Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) system with a refined 7-speed automatic transmission – providing a 25% increase in horsepower and more than a 10% increase in fuel economy versus the 2010 QX. The new QX’s towing capacity is rated at 8,500 pounds for both 2WD and 4WD models.

For the first time ever on an Infiniti vehicle, a new Hydraulic Body Motion Control system is offered (available on both 2WD and 4WD models as part of the Deluxe Touring Package, which also includes 22-inch wheels and tires and a number of other features). The system helps reduce body lean while turning for a more comfortable ride.

Included among the new QX’s standard premium entertainment and technology features are an 8-inch WVGA color touch-screen display, Infiniti Controller for use with the vehicle information systems and comfort and convenience features, and the Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with XM NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information, XM NavWeather(TM) with Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast (XM subscription required, sold separately) and Zagat Survey Restaurant Guide. Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System is standard, as is XM Satellite Radio, USB connection for use with iPod Interface or other compatible devices, and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth.

The new Infiniti QX also offers a range of advanced technology systems, including Infiniti’s Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems. A new Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system is also available. It illuminates an indicator light if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area. If the driver then activates the turn signal, the indicator flashes and an audible warning sounds. Optional on the new QX is Infiniti’s advanced Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

Pricing for the 2011 Infiniti QX is set at an Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) of $56,700 for the QX56 2WD and $59,800 for the QX56 4WD.

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  • Remaine
    September 24, 2010 | Permalink |

    I can usually see the beauty in all vehicles but the new QX56 is just plain aweful.

    The previous generation was cool cause it looked like a classy MACK truck.

    The new one just doesn’t translate the cool sculptural design that they are trying to share throughout the lineup. The overall shapr lends intself better to a more boxy design. This just does not work. How unfortunate, I used to like them. http://www.carsfind.net

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