The Infiniti QX was redesigned completely for 2011, so there are few changes in the 2012 model, and it continues as a spacious luxury SUV that comfortably seats eight adults while hauling a boat or trailer of up to 8,500 pounds.
However, there are a few new wrinkles for 2012, including the addition of Blind Spot Intervention to the Technology Package, a Bose Cabin Surround sound system with 15 speakers to the Deluxe Touring Package, heated second row seats and remote tip-up second row seats to the Theater Package and new headlight washers to the 2WD Deluxe Touring Package.
The 2012 QX56 is available in 2WD and 4WD models and both have a stiff frame structure that enhances the ride and reduces noise, vibration and harshness. Under the hood, there’s a powerful 5.6- liter, 400 hp engine with 413 pounds-feet of torque.
The big V-8 gives the SUV responsive acceleration thanks to the VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) and Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) technology and a sevenspeed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is not bad for a big SUV at 14/20 mpg for both the 2WD and 4WD models.
On the inside, the QX interior continues to have an abundance of luxury and comfort. Standard equipment includes the Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System and an Around View Monitor. Perforated semianiline leather-appointed seats and a Theater Package with dual seven-inch color monitors are available options.
The QX is strikingly designed, with a bold front chrome grille flanked by automatic on/off bi-functional xenon headlights with windshield wiper interlock and integrated front fog lights. Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) with auto-leveling headlights and headlight washers also are available. To the rear are LED taillights, heated power-folding sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals, courtesy lights and a reverse tilt-down feature, body color running boards, body color integrated front and rear splashguards built into the wheel arches, roof rails, a power sliding tinted glass moonroof and a power rear liftgate.
A front underbody spoiler, functional rear liftgate spoiler and redesigned side mirrors provide added aerodynamics and zero lift for the big SUV.
The QX design is accented by standard 20-inch and available 22-inch wheel and tire combinations and six distinctive exterior colors: Mountain Sage, Liquid Platinum, Platinum Graphite, Black Obsidian, Dark Currant and Moonlight White.
Pricing on the 2012 Infiniti QX56 2WD starts at $58,700 and $61,800 for the 4WD model.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.