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The QX60 is not so popular as the QX80 full-size luxury SUV, but it is yet another 7-seater worth of mention. The mid-size model had the biggest update in 2016 and now the company is considering the new generation, which will be more competitive on the market. The Monograph concept is available for both three-row SUVs and the 2021 Infiniti QX60 will adopt a lot of novelties.
After the redesign, the 2021 Infiniti QX60 can hope to become the best-selling mid-size luxury SUV in the US. At this moment, the #2 spot is not too far. The vehicle ended the 2018 season as the fourth best-selling unit in this segment. Acura MDX seems to be the biggest rival, with 52,000 sales, which is 5,000 more than QX60 achieved in the previous year. Cadillac XT5 is more popular, while the Lexus RX seems to be untouchable with six-digit sales in the last two years. So far this season the order is almost the same, with the new BMW X5 jumped in between QX60 and Acura MDX.
Next Generation 2021 QX60 Changes (Colors, Apple CarPlay)
The first series of the mid-size SUV is still out. After seven years, it will be the right time for the next generation of the Infiniti QX60. A huge redesign is going to happen and the changes will update the look of the vehicle.
Outside, the 2021 Infiniti QX60 will adopt the design language of the Monograph concept presented some while ago. This architecture was announced as the future of big SUVs by Infiniti. Shortly after its debut, we are getting the next-gen QX60 and QX80.
The redesign will start from the front fascia, which is about to be more rugged. The muscular look will increase the aggressive stance and the facelift will make the nose more aerodynamic. Changes will be both cosmetic and functional, and the QX60 will become more aesthetic.
Inside the cabin, we will get the latest features. Leatherette upholstery remains the base material, while the leather and Nappa leather are going to be available at higher trim levels, as well as the navigation, heating for second and ventilation for the front row. Apple CarPlay is standard, while the interior is getting more color options. Exterior paints are also bringing fresh shades.
2021 Infiniti QX60 Specs (AWD, Towing Capacity)
While the cosmetic changes are bringing the all-new look, the drivetrain system relies on the same engine. Well, the mid-size SUV gets enough power from a 3.5-liter V6 unit. Driver aid features are making the ride much easier, and the distance control assist and predictive forward collision warning are important factors when dealers persuade buyers to purchase the QX60. These features will be upgraded for the next generation of the SUV.
A V6 engine returns 295 hp, 270 lb-ft of torque, and 22 mpg combined. A CVT transmission with D-Step Logic system is a power router that sends power to either front or all wheels. Some buyers don’t like the fact the SUV is not offering a high-output version or a hybrid model. It seems to be the main advantage of both Lexus RX and Acura MDX.
2021 Infiniti QX60 vs Acura MDX
The battle between Nissan and Honda is carried over to the luxury segment. Premium editions of Pathfinder and Pilot are the major rivals in the mid-size luxury class. The QX60 will offer more room after the redesign. Currently, the SUV has 76 cubic feet of cargo space, while its main competitor falls 8 cu.ft. short. On the other hand, Acura MDX improves the fuel economy by adding a hybrid drivetrain based on a 3.0-liter V6 engine. The system bursts 320 hp as well, to beat rival’s horsepower rating.
Trim Levels (Pure, Luxe, Limited)
The latest update of the QX60 was not so impressive. Still, it will leave something for the next-gen SUV – the Limited Edition model. The 2021 Infiniti QX60 will offer three trim levels. The base version is Pure, the mid-range model is Luxe, and the Limited tops the offer. For the new generation, features will be revisited.
Some notable accessories the Pure model could carry over are leatherette-appointed seating with 8-way adjustable driver’s bucket, eight USB ports, and the base audio system with 6 speakers. Luxe is using Bose sound with 13 speakers and roof rails will be standard. Leather seats are still optional, while the front row is getting heating. It becomes available for the second row with the Limited model, which also adds ventilated front buckets.
Release Date and Price
New next-gen Infiniti QX60 is on the way. A seven-seater SUV will come with the new price, but the company has no room to push it too hard. The base model will cost closer to $50,000, but only the Limited model with FWD setup will exceed this mark. With additional upgrades, the 2021 QX60 will go over $60k. the edition for the 2020 season is out, which leaves room to designers and engineers to develop the all-new SUV, which will be the game-changer on the luxury market.