By Mauricio Lezcano / carsntravel.com / Photos Infiniti USA
The Infiniti QX60 luxury crossover, consistently among Infiniti’s top two selling models, continues into the 2019 model year as one of the most versatile 3-row/7passenger vehicles on the market today, offering a combination of family features with a welcoming, crafted design inside and out.
A luxury exterior design
The 2019 QX60 exterior fully embodies Infiniti’s dramatic design language, emphasizing the QX60’s taut, muscular shapes and flowing lines. The double-arch grille is flanked by LED headlights and daytime running lights. LED fog lights are standard, as are LED turn signals that are incorporated into the side rearview mirrors.
In the rear, a chrome finisher surrounds the standard power lift-function hatch. A Motion Activated Liftgate is available with the Sensory Package. A power sliding tinted glass moonroof with one-touch open/close, tilt feature and sliding sunshade is standard. Also available is a panoramic moonroof with power rear sunshade, which provides a light, airy environment for rear passengers. The front and rear fascia include optional flush-mounted sonar sensors, adding to the QX60’s premium appearance.
Other exterior features include the double-wave hood, crescent-cut D-pillar and greenhouse design, automatic on/off headlights, and large LED taillights. High Beam Assist is included with the ProASSIST Package. In addition, the QX60 offers flat blade variable intermittent front windshield wipers, available rain-sensing front windshield wipers, rear window intermittent wiper and defroster with timer, power folding heated outside mirrors with available reverse tilt-down feature, front door handle courtesy lights, UV-reducing solar glass and rear privacy glass.
Superior 7-passenger comfort with 2nd row flexibility
The 2019 QX60 utilizes a flat platform floor, which not only allows for a more dramatic design approach but also enhances interior space and flexibility. The 2nd row seating features a total adjustment of 5.5-inches fore and aft for versatile roominess and cargo carrying capacity, allowing legroom and cargo space to be conveniently adjusted between the 2nd and 3rd rows as needed.
There are two other unexpected aspects of QX60’s 2nd and 3rd row design, access to the 3rd row is surprisingly easy due to the wide door openings and long forward slide of the 2nd row seat. The multi-mode 2nd row seat’s unique forward movement function overcomes the typical problem of having to remove a 2nd row child seat for entry or exit. The installed child seat moves forward with the 2nd row seat without limiting 3rd row access.
Beyond the practical solutions, the interior combines elegance and fine craftsmanship. The interior design features standard leatherette seating with a quilted seat base and graphite weave interior accents. Exclusive maple accents and an hour-glass style quilting pattern are included with the Sensory Package. The upper instrument panel and door panels feature contrasting stitching. Also offered is a dual occupant memory system for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors. An Enhanced Intelligent Key that stores an occupant memory position and last-used audio, climate control and navigation settings is also available.
Standard connectivity and entertainment features include the Infiniti InTouchTM system with Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, Streaming audio via Bluetooth, six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and USB connection port for iPod interface and other compatible devices. Six additional USB charging ports are found in the cabin, two convenient for first-row seating, two for the second row and two for the third row.
Also offered is the Bose 13-speaker Premium Audio system, including AM/FM/CD/DVD with MP3 playback capability, Radio Data System and speed-sensitive volume control. A Bose Cabin Surround 15-speaker sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding is also available.
A responsive 295-horsepower direct injection V6
The 2019 INFINITI QX60’s standard 3.5-liter V6 engine is rated at 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The engine’s Direct Injection Gasoline system which is also utilized on the exciting Q60 Sports Coupe’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, as well as the powerful QX80 full-size SUV’s 5.6-liter V8.
Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg highway, 20 mpg city and 22 mpg combined for the FWD model and 26 mpg highway, 19 mpg city and 22 mpg combined for the AWD model while still offering the power to carry a full load or passengers and cargo.
The engine is matched with an efficient, sport-tuned, electronically controlled continuously variable transmission with D-Step Logic that provides high responsiveness and seamless, efficient shifting feel. The transmission can mimic a step transmission, and it features a wide gear ratio and low friction design.
After test driving the car for a week, the 2019 Infiniti QX60 strong first impression is created by its combination of stylish, purposeful proportions and aggressive stance which provides a powerful statement; The cabin has been created with human artistry in mind, enabling occupants to travel in style and comfort.
The 2019 INFINITI QX60 is offered in four models – PURE, PURE AWD, LUXE and LUXE AWD and with seven available equipment packages, allowing customers to custom-equip their vehicles to precisely meet their family driving and budget needs.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $45,800.00 for the 2019 Infiniti QX60 Luxe, the one I drove included the Proactive Package $3,400.00, Limited Package $5,000.00, Sensory Package $3,500.00, Theater Package $2,150.00, Essential Package $2,900.00, Premium Paint $500.00, Infiniti Wifi $465.00, Running Boards $775.00, Welcome Lighting $445.00, and it came in at $65,930.00 including destination charges $995.00.