2017 Infiniti QX60

Kept its welcomed tradition

"Ticks nearly all the positive aspects to make it into your garage," said Issam.

"Dedicated to shoppers that are looking for a proper family hauler"

"The three-row crossover is tuned for full passenger comfort"

When your lifestyle changes from a single man/woman to a family man/woman it is probably the time you have to opt from a sports car, hatchback or even a small sedan to a SUV, SAV with 5-seater plus. 7-seater SUV in the automotive industry are not many when it comes to premium segment. For instance you have the Mercedes GLS, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, Land Rover Discovery and our test car the Infiniti QX60.

The current-generation model was launched as a 2013 and was called the JX, then renamed QX60 for 2014 as part of an Infiniti nomenclature renovation. Styling was freshened and suspension stiffened for model year 2016. Some changes were made on the 2017 model, so I decided to test it during a weekend in Beirut.

What's new on the 2017 QX60?
First of all, in terms of look not much has changed from the 2016 QX60. The refreshed exterior is highlighted by a new front end that looks more luxurious and bolder. Front end changes include a new updated double-arch grille, redesigned headlamps, and new fog lamps that feature LED lighting and chrome touches. The rear end has also been slightly updated with a new design to the taillights and new chrome finishers around the rear hatch.

The interior is basically the same as the 2016 model. The only two new additions are the optional Motion Activated Liftgate and the addition of Infiniti InTouch 8-inch touch screen.

The engine gets an upgraded VQ35DD 3.5 liter V6 engine naturally aspirated. This fresh unit shares less than half of its mechanical bits with the outgoing engine, and horsepower jumps by 30 to 295 hp. Torque added by 27 Nm to 366 Nm at 4,800 rpm. Power still goes to all four wheels via a continuously variable transmission. The Infiniti QX60 will go from 0-100 kph in 7.2 seconds with a top speed of 193 kph.

What I personally liked is the Drive Mode Selector which helps you to get a little more out of your driving preference, with four different driving modes including Standard, Sport, Snow or Eco.

It drives tremendously in a smooth way which is the right tool for the family. For long road trips, it is truly comfortable with less cabin noise and chassis vibrations are minimal especially on our Lebanese roads.

Check out the vehicle at RYMCO showrooms and ask for your test drive.

Here you go I have added to your shopping list a model which is affordable, lavish and drives exceptionally well!

Rivals: Volvo XC90, Land Rover Discovery, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Audi Q7, Lexus GX
Pros: Spacious, proper third row that fits adults, fuel economy, user-friendly infotainment system
Cons: No real feeling in the steering wheel, not an impressive interior for Infiniti
One word: Carrier
4 stars

3.5-liter, V6, 295 hp @ 6400 rpm, 366 Nm @ 4800 rpm
AWD, CVT with manual shifting mode
0-100 kph: 7.2 secs, top speed: 193 kph, fuel consumption: 11.7 L/ 100 km
Weight: 2,111 kg

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