In 2014, Infiniti decided to rename all their vehicles starting with the letter “Q”. So, the former JX35 3-row, 7-passenger crossover is now known as QX60. For 2016, the Infiniti QX60 receives minor upgrades which include a revised exterior and interior, along with a re-tuned suspension and steering system.
The overall headlight shape of the QX60 remains unchanged, but the content inside the housings now include bi-Xenon lamps with LED daytime running lights.
Up front, the double-arch grille and fog light surrounds have also been redesigned. At back, the taillights have been updated with a sharper design and the rear bumper now includes flush-mounted, sonar parking sensors.
The interior of the 2016 QX60 remains mostly unchanged, however the upper instrument panel is now wrapped in soft touch materials with contrasting stitching. In the lower center console, the gear selector, and its surround have been mildly restyled for 2016.
The drivetrain and powertrain of the 2016 Infiniti QX60 are carried over, unchanged from 2015. The lone engine propelling the QX60 is a naturally aspirated 3.5 L V6, which produces 265 horsepower and 248 lb.ft. torque. The engine is backed by an electronically controlled, continuously variable transmission (CVT) with manual shift points.
Power can be sent to either the front wheels or to all four wheels.
For 2016, the front suspension of the QX60 gets new shocks and springs, which are designed to reduce body roll and offer a smoother ride. The Infiniti QX60 is now fitted with wider 235/65 R18 all season tires for improved grip and stability. The speed-sensitive power steering system has also been re-tuned for better response and now only requires 2.9 turns from lock to lock.
Infiniti engineers have also redesigned the engine mounts, which now transmit less vibration from the engine bay to the cabin. For a quieter ride, the cabin of the Infiniti QX60 is fitted with additional noise cancelling insulation and the side windows are now made of 3-layered, acoustic glass.
The mildly updated 2016 Infiniti QX60 will debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. Expect the new QX60 to arrive at Infiniti dealerships nationwide in the first quarter of 2016.
*Rahul Raman is the Founder of CARS 360 Mke, an automotive news outlet. He is a regular contributor to Automoblog.net and the author of our First Look series.