2011 Infiniti QX56: Marching to its own Drummer

8 Jun 2010 | 4,081 views | No Comment
2011 infiniti qx56 The new 2011 Infiniti QX56 is a stroke of boldness as distinctive as the brush strokes that the company uses to set its products apart from the crow din brand advertising. It’s been totally transformed from a product that clearly resembled Nissan’s Armada, whose platform it used, to a luxury sport utility vehicle that won’t likely be confused with anything else on the road. From its unusual roof design to the interior that would be right at home in a luxury yacht or private jet, the new QX56 finally is its own unique product. The first thing you’ll notice of course, is the new look. The new QX56 looks more muscular, compact, and contemporary than its predecessor, and it feels that way, too, when you get behind the wheel. Though it is based on a body and frame combination, it has absolutely none of the truckiness that marked the 2010 model. “Infiniti has started to find its own voice,” said Sean McNamara, senior manager, Infinitii product planning. Until the brand’s rebirth began with the thenb-all new G series, Infiniti hadn’t quite gotten its design voice,” he said. 2011 infiniti qx56 Much has already been said about the new Q design, particularly by journalists attending the New York International Show where it first broke cover. Some found the styling controversial, and were particularly critical of the vents along the top front fenders of the car. But Infiniti officials say this was no mere flight of fancy,---the vent on the driver’s side actually is functional. To our eyes, the new Q is much better looking in person, particularly in a medium to dark shade. It has more personality as a result of the changes, and isn’t simply a gussied up Armada. IN fact, the QX doesn’t even share platforms anymore with that product, it shares now with Nissan’s Patrol SUV which isn’t sold in America. As a result, Infiniti now has a lineup of products in this country that are its own, with no links to Nissan. The new QX is far more responsive, too, with a new 5.6 liter V-8 that produces 400 horsepower and 413 pounds-feet of torque. That’s about 25 percent power for the new model. Fuel economy is up, too, with a rating of 14 city, up by two miles per gallon, and 20- miles per gallon on the highway.  The combined rating is 16 miles per gallon. Because the new model is wider and three inches shorter than the old version, and because the instrument panel has a nice cockpit effect rather than an expanse of dashboard, you get the feeling you’re driving a lavish passenger car rather than a truck. It feels more driver-friendly and more maneuverable in city traffic as a result. 2011 infiniti qx56 Speaking of the interior, the new model has upped its game considerably.  It is now arguably the best appointed model in its class, with rich chrome and aluminum accents, a swoopier, brighter and classier looking instrument panel, and more comfortable, richer looking seats. All the controls gleam as you operate them, smoothly and silently. And wait till you see how flexible and easy to use the second and third row seats are. The power second row seats fold and flip forward at the touch of buttons on the lower part of the dash, and voila! The kids climb aboard easily and quickly.  Meanwhile, the third row seats power fold and recline too, making a handy spot for passenger napping if they wish. The second row seats are heated, and the rear center console has several huge compartments large enough for storing those Wii and other consoles, headphones and paraphernalia so you won’t have all this stuff under foot or tossed on seats for somebody to sit on.  If you’re into aesthetics, you can get lighting under the seats too, and heated second row seats are available, too. 2011 infiniti qx56 You can also order a climate control system that can pick up odors inside the car and coming in from the outside, and the system will automatically recirculate air. That could be a boon to allergy sufferers. If you’ve ever felt uncomfortable in back rows of SUVs and crossovers, you’ll cheer at another feature: The air vents have all been moved overhead and outboard, which Infiniti says will make for a more airy feel inside the car. As we suggested earlier, this new model is more driver friendly than its predecessor, with better handling, and brakes that are much stronger, too. We didn’t feel a need for a lot of correction for the steering system. There’s also something that Infiniti calls “Dual Flow Path” twin tube shock absorbers which helps soften any sense of trickiness and improves the ride for passengers, and there’s an automatic rear self-leveling system, too. If you wish, you can order a hydraulic body motion control system, which reduces body lean when you make turns nor go around corners, and it cuts down on the amount of bounce you experience on less than perfect roads. The new QX56 comes in a two wheel drive model that starts at $56,700, and as a four wheel drive version that starts at $59,800.

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