Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti, has dropped the curtain to show off its all-new 2022 QX60 3-row mid-size SUV. The mid-size luxury SUV market is crowded with impressive vehicles that make it hard for a new entrant to stand out. But the restyled Infiniti has handsome bodywork and one of the best-looking new interiors we’ve seen this year.
"The all-new 2022 Infiniti QX60 was designed with busy lives—friends, family, community— in mind," said Infiniti Global Head of Product Strategy Eric Rigaux. "We focused on creating a serene environment inside that's beautiful and practical, packed with new Infiniti IQ technology. In so many ways, the all-new QX60 is not just spacious, but stunning, and smart."
Sharing a platform with the also-new-for-2022 Nissan Pathfinder, right away, you notice how much of the new Infiniti QX60’s exterior bodywork has been upgraded. Sharply angled LED headlights give the big SUV a grimace and sit above massive vertical air intakes. They surround a prominent chain-link grille. Heavily sculpted rear doors take what could be a boring wagon profile and make it muscular. Glossy black pillars make the roof appear to float. The new, top-line Autograph trim has the option of a contrast-colour roof.
But it’s inside where the QX60 shines. The dashboard has been sculpted to emphasize the driving position. A new 12.3-inch infotainment display sits above touch-sensitive buttons with haptic feedback. In a touch that parents will celebrate, the 2nd-row seats slide all the way forward and tilt at the touch of a button to give access to the 3rd-row but do it without disturbing a child-safety seat.
Most QX60s will ship with a second-row bench seat, but the new top-line Autograph trim is available with captain’s chairs and a removable centre console. Quilted semi-aniline leather covers the seats, the door panels, and even the dash.
From the safety department, forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and rear automated emergency braking are standard. Parent Nissan’s ProPilot adaptive cruise control tech is an option. It can recognize traffic signs and adjust speed accordingly.
What’s the same?
Though the 2022 QX60 is a new design, it uses the same engine as the outgoing model. That’s not a bad thing— the 3.5-litre 6-cylinder has always been smooth and responsive. The V6 still puts out 295 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque—enough to easily close holes in traffic and tow up to 6,000 pounds (2,722 kilograms).
In the prior generation, Infiniti paired the V6 with a continuously variable transmission. That’s something we rarely see in the luxury classes, and Infiniti has done away with it. The new QX60 uses a 9-speed automatic, more in line with what class leaders like the Audi Q7 and Acura MDX have to offer. An advanced Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system that features a new direct-coupling all-wheel-drive engagement for seamless power transfer is standard on all QX60 trim levels.
So far, Infiniti has not announced any gas-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all-electric versions of the new QX60.
When will it go on sale?
The new 2022 QX60 arrives in Canada in late 2021.
How much will it cost?
Infiniti hasn’t announced pricing, but we expect it to be close to the 2021 model’s $48,995 starting point in Canadian dollars.