The next season is bringing a lot of changes to the Infiniti family. The carmaker is taking a year off to prepare everything for 2021. Well, chiefs are not unveiling too much, but we can expect exclusive stuff. Discontinuation of the subcompact QX30 will leave more space for other, larger units to grow. The 2021 Infiniti QX60 is still the flagship model and the vehicle we will see with the most advanced changes.
The redesign time is now. A mid-size SUV segment is one of the fastest-growing classes in the automotive industry. The premium offer is probably the widest. The competition is tough and the company must pay attention to all areas – comfort, convenience, safety, reliability, performance, efficiency… So, it is not easy to make a breakthrough here. So, the new QX60 will have a tough task, but the redesign should help.
While the cosmetic changes are confirmed, we don’t have new details about the hybrid drivetrain for the 2021 Infiniti QX60. The company is late behind the competition, so the next season might be the last chance to catch up with Acura MDX, Lexus RX, and Lincoln Aviator.
2021 Infiniti QX60 Specs
While the styling expects an update, the engine room will still rely on the 3.5-liter V6 engine. This is one of the best units in the market and the reason of the success of Nissan and Infiniti models. This one is able to crunch 295 horsepower, which is more than most rivals. It also adds 270 lb-ft of torque for 5,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity. The premium SUV will be lighter and more agile. The diet will allow the QX60 to sprit 0-60 mph in less than 7.5 seconds. The top speed remains 120 mph. A CVT gearbox is standard in combination with the front-wheel drive. We can hear that Infiniti could switch to the RWD setup. Either way, an all-wheel drive remains optional.
It is becoming boring to read rumors about the hybrid drivetrain for the mid-size luxury SUV. The competition is out there, setting standards in this segment and developing new systems. If the QX60 wants to stay competitive, it must get electric support. For example, Lexus RX 450h can produce 310 hp, while Acura MDX Sport Hybrid and Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring are adding 10 hp more. Their base V6 units create less power than Nissan’s 3.5-liter powerplant. Well, the company already had a shot in this segment, but the previous hybrid configuration was discontinued after 2017 MY.
2021 Infiniti QX60 Redesign Details
The QX60 is still an attractive SUV. It draws attention with its size and styling, but it is becoming old. The current generation was launched in 2013. After eight years, the complete overhaul is going to refresh the 2021 Infiniti QX60. The D Platform will underpin the changes, while the redesign will find some inspiration in Monograph and Ariya concepts. Well, these architectures are there for full-size and compact SUVs, but the mid-size unit will take advantage of its position between two classes.
These two concepts offer different approaches. While the Monograph is mostly bold and rigid, the Ariya is more aesthetic and aggressive. Any kind of update will draw attention to the 2021 Infiniti QX60, and that is the priority. Still, if the company wants to remain competitive, they must look at the long-term situation. Lighter and cheaper materials will save money for buyers.
The current version of the QX60 offers only two trim levels. Well, this is another area where fans will see improvements. More options increase the chances of sales. So, the 2021 Infiniti QX60 will definitely add at least one trim level. Going across the rest of Infiniti’s lineup, we can find Essence and Sport versions on the outgoing QX30, while the QX50 also has Autograph and Sensory models. The largest QX80 also offers only two versions – Luxe and Limited edition.
Besides the styling, designers will update the color palette for the new QX60. The next-gen SUV is going to replace some paintjobs. After the refresh, we believe there will be still eight possible schemes. Currently, there are four base and four premium colors. This upgrade will cost you $600 again.
2021 Infiniti QX60 Prices, Release Date
The redesign will take some time. The new 2021 Infiniti QX60 is not coming out in the next few months and we can expect the unveiling late in 2020. Still, the company could give us some hints earlier, with the first official teaser expected to be presented in NY or Chicago.
The price will get a bump, but the QX60 has a room for the cost increase since it is one of the cheapest luxury mid-size models in the market. Currently, the MSRP starts at $45,000 and the Luxe version is still under $50k. The new lineup is going to reshuffle the features and options for all trims that appear in the future.