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2017 INFINITI QX60 Overview
With its 2017 QX60, Japanese automaker Infiniti offers a 7-passenger crossover that can handle a commute, a day at the shopping mall, and better than half the soccer team, all in style and comfort and without a serious strain on the budget. Furthermore, a few tweaks to the steering and suspension system for the 2016 model year added to this plush people-hauler's driving capabilities. All in all, the 2017 QX60 is again a solid choice as a high-end family hauler.
Expect the 2017 QX60 to return in a single Base trim offering standard front-wheel drive (FWD), with optional full-time all-wheel drive (AWD) on the Base AWD sub-trim. The QX60 Hybrid will also return for the upcoming model year, and will be covered in a separate preview. Aside from upgraded steering and suspension systems, the current QX70 features newly restyled headlights and taillights, enhanced soundproofing, and an available Personal Assistant service featuring 24/7 concierge availability, all of which will carry over to the 2017 model.
With its midsize dimensions and a higher roofline than its QX50 and QX70 cousins, the QX60 boasts 76.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seatbacks folded.
Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 engine that mates with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for 265 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Though lacking the pep of the QX50 or QX70, the 2017 QX60 will doubtless mirror its current model’s 21 mpg city/27 highway/23 combined with FWD and 19/26/22 with AWD.
This premium-grade mini-ute is slated to return with exterior features like 18-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, a rear spoiler, and a power liftgate, while the cabin will again boast leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats, reclining rear seats, and full power accessories. Cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering are also anticipated to remain standard for 2017, along with a remote garage door opener, a rear-view camera, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
Entertainment, meanwhile, is slated to include a single CD/MP3 player with 6 speakers, satellite radio, a USB port, and an auxiliary audio input.
The QX60 typically offers a lineup of options packages. The Premium package boasts remote engine start, memory for driver settings, a heated steering wheel, enhanced keyless entry and ignition, and a 13-speaker Bose premium sound system. The Premium Plus package adds front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, GPS navigation with an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth audio streaming, and Infiniti Connection infotainment and telematics.
The available Theatre package, meanwhile, offers available rear-seat DVD entertainment, while the Deluxe Technology package brings 20-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, heated second-row seats, power-folding third-row seatbacks, and a 15-speaker Bose stereo setup. It should be noted that Infiniti is considering a few minor tweaks to the 2017 QX lineup’s options packages, though whether these minor shuffles will affect the QX60 is unclear.
Standard safety equipment for the upcoming year’s QX60 will include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, 3-row head curtain airbags, front fog/driving lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, and high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights. A post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm are also expected to come standard for 2017.
The QX60 is eligible for a Driver Assistance package that includes adaptive cruise control, forward and reverse collision warnings and automatic braking, and blind-spot alerts. This package also includes Active Trace Control, which automatically coordinates throttle and braking functions in tight corners, and an Eco Pedal that pushes back on your foot when it senses fuel-wasting acceleration procedures.
Look for the 2017 QX60 to go on sale in the late summer of 2016, when it will again be challenged by Acura’s MDX, Volvo’s XC90, and BMW’s X5.
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