All-new for 2022. After a one-year hiatus, the INFINITI QX60 is back, launching this model’s second generation. The latest QX60 is more elegant and luxurious than before, marked by a mesh grille and balanced chrome framing. Sweeping character lines, tasteful profile sculpting, and an available contrasting black roof are features of note. The deeply tinted rear windows flow back to the integrated roof spoiler for a dramatic touch.

Inside, the QX60 finds the right balance between practicality and flamboyance with black open-pore wood bending from door to door across the dashboard. While the standard trim is pretty, it is the top trims that showcase INFINITI’s design acumen. Here, quilted and patterned semi-aniline seats with accent stitching suggest ripples in a pond. The oversized display doesn’t consume the center console and resides above a haptic control panel for managing HVAC controls.

The cabin is very comfortable, seats up to seven, with captains’ chairs available only with the range-topping Autograph line. The middle-row seats slide and move forward with a touch of a button, supplying ease of access and egress for the third row.

One powertrain available. References to the Nissan Pathfinder are justified, as the two models share a common architecture, powertrain, and other key components. The two models are built side by side in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Both models continue to share a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. That’s up from the 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque previously when the engine was mated to a continuously variable transmission. This year, INFINITI turned to ZF to supply a 9-speed automatic transmission that shifts fast and cleanly. It also improves overall efficiency slightly. Five available drive modes adjust steering effort and throttle response accordingly.

The QX60 is not a performance model. Instead, it goes to great lengths to cosset passengers with its quiet interior and cushy ride. Credit a retuned suspension for delivering a mostly stellar riding experience. The powertrain combination is a towing champ too, pulling up to 6,000 pounds with the available all-wheel drive.

Well-equipped with driver-assist technologies. INFINITI offers a full roster of safety equipment, with some features standard and the rest available. All models come with high-beam assist, automatic emergency braking front and rear, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring. Also available is a navigation-based adaptive cruise control system, a surround-view monitor, and adaptive headlights.

Elements of semi-autonomous driving come forth with the available ProPilot Assist system. This system supplies hands-free driving under certain conditions and for short intervals, helping to relieve driver fatigue. It gives us a glimpse into what full autonomous systems will do once they come online.

Modern technologies. INFINITI elevates the 2022 QX60 with a host of tech features that are also common to the luxury sphere. The 12.3-inch touchscreen display is the centerpiece of the tech offerings, supplying a crisper representation for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the latter is wireless. A 9-speaker audio system, six USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are standard.

Among the upgrades available through select packages are wireless phone charging a seventh USB port, and an exquisite 17-speaker Bose audio system. Only the Autograph trim makes available a smart rearview mirror and a 10.8-inch head-up display. Both are available through a Vision Package that’s exclusive to the trim.

Final thoughts. The INFINITI QX60 is no longer the bargain that it once was, reflecting an elevated style and additional comfort and tech features. Choose the Sensory trim for acquiring the best QX60 features for the money. Consider all-wheel drive for improved handling and towing capabilities.

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