Infiniti is releasing an all new version of its QX56 SUV for 2011. This full-size luxurious SUV is manufactured in Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi plant. The 2011 model is based on a new version of the Nissan Patrol, which is an SUV sold outside of the U.S. market.
For 2011, the QX56 has revised styling. It still sports a large front chrome grill but the headlights wrap around to the sides. The QX56 is big, sporting 20-inch wheels, with third row seating and room for 8 passengers. It is offered in both a rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive form.
The new QX56 receives a big jump in horsepower. While its 5.6 liter displacement remains unchanged, the V-8 now produces 400 horsepower, 80 more than the 2010 model. This has been achieved with direct injection and variable valve timing. A seven speed automatic with overdrive is the only transmission offered. Despite the significant increase in power, fuel economy is actually improved. The vehicle is rated at 14 miles per gallon in city and 20 miles per gallon highway
Inside, the new QX56 is luxurious. It offers such interior appointments as three-dimensional gauges, four-spoke steering wheel, navigation, Bluetooth, and XM Satellite radio. Optional features include reclining seven inch video screens for second row passengers and wireless headphones. The QX56 also has a multitude of available safety features including land departure warning and blind spot warning.
The 2011 Infiniti QX56 arrives in showrooms this summer. Its starting price is $56,700. All-wheel drive adds an additional $3,100 to the price. Prices are unchanged from the 2010 model.