2022 Infiniti QX60 Will Battle MDX and XC90 With\u2026 Standard Features!
How will the coming Infiniti QX60 do battle with established mid-sized luxury juggernauts like the Acura MDX, Volvo XC90, Lincoln Aviator and the all-conquering Lexus RX? Features.
At least that’s the takeaway from Infiniti’s latest release on the all-new QX60 crossover. QX60 will arrive this fall in four trim levels: Pure, Luxe, Sensory and Autograph. All are available in front- or all-wheel drive, with awd being a $2,000 option on any trim you choose. But even the entry level Pure is well equipped, says Infiniti.
Starting at the beginning, because that’s a good place to start, all 2022 QX60s come with: a 12.3-inch “InTouch™ Interactive Display” that includes wireless Apple CarPlay® and USB-based Android Auto™, leather-wrapped seats in the first and second rows, a ginormous panoramic moonroof, power liftgate, and rear parking sensors. Standard seats on all trims are heated, 8-way power-adjustable “zero gravity” in front with power lumbar adjustment. The driver’s seat features dual-occupant memory functionality linked with the outside mirrors. The second-row bench seat features 60/40-split fold and one-touch release for effortless third-row access, even when child safety seats occupy the second row. The latter is an Infiniti specialty.
The new Q shares mechanicals with the new Pathfinder but the QX60 gets more horsepower and torque, 295 hp vs. the Pathfinder’s 284 and 270 lb ft vs. 259 in torque. The two trucks share their rated 6,000-pound towing capacities.
And that’s all in the base-model Pure.
“Pure is definitely a great entry point for us,” said Infiniti’s Trish Jung. “And with the mechanical performance elements we have 295 horsepower and our award-winning 3.5-liter V6 engine. We have a nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, 18-inch alloy wheels, and 255-millimeter all season tires and five drive modes. So giving you all the driving experience you could possibly need right at the start of the upgrade.”
Pure is priced at $47,875 including destination charge. That’s within a few hundred bucks of entry level versions of the Acura MDX and Volvo XC90, which Infiniti lists as its closest competitors.
The Luxe level one step up from Pure will be the QX60’s top-selling trim. It is priced at $53,925. That will get you: 20-inch wheels, roof rails, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, “enhanced” ProPILOT Assist with Navi-Link, NAV, Around View Monitoring that detects moving objects, and lane-departure warning. You also get blind spot intervention and traffic sign recognition.
The Sensory trim lands you seat massagers, heated second-row seats, a better air filter, wireless smartphone charging, open-pore wood ash trim and a BOSE Performance Series audio with 17 speakers for $57,375.
Top-of-the-line loaded is the Autograph, promising “executive-level comfort for all passengers.” That means quilted leather, second-row captain’s chairs, removable second-row console, 10.8-inch HUD, smart rearview mirror, and a few other nicities for $61,375 in fwd layout or $64,275 for all-conquering awd.
How will Infiniti get the word out about all this luxury? It started last month with a film by Kate Hudson, who is supposed to represent the active, successful buyer of this vehicle (thank you, Kate). But it will continue in a slightly more affordable celebrity endorsement when some C and D-level stars will provide personalized video responses to buyers’ questions. Which celebrities? None other than Erin Andrews, Clinton Kelly, Gabby Douglas, Misha Collins and Dule Hill! No, I’d never heard of them, either. But some people have.
“Teaming with Cameo, the leading marketplace connecting fans directly with pop culture icons, Infiniti will become the first automaker to provide consumers with an enhanced shopping experience complete with personalized discovery and FAQ,” Infiniti explained. “Using an innovative Q&A experience, consumers’ questions can be answered via personalized Cameo videos from celebrities.”
Yes, celebrities. Here is where google helps: Erin Andrews is a sportscaster, Clinton Kelly starred in The Chewe and What Not To Wear (I should call him), Gabby Douglas is a gold medal-winning gymnast (!), Misha Collins is an actor, and Dule Hill is another actor who appeared in The West Wing and Psych. Beginning July 13, 2021 until the QX60 officially goes on sale in early fall, you can request a personalized video reply on QX60-related info from your choice of the above. That’s pretty clever.
Starting right now you can also access Infiniti’s Reservation Program to be one of the first to receive your 2022 QX60 later this year.
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