Infiniti’s 2022 QX60 has merged a 9-speed automatic transmission with the company’s 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 in the latest SUV in the QX stable.
A question we posed to an Infiniti spokesperson was, how can the 2022 QX60 be considered all-new if it includes the same 3.5-liter V6 engine that powered previous Infinitis, long enough to be an award-winner? How about that new, 9-speed transmission, our source replied.
Calm, quiet, and confident are adjectives I’d associate with a bank or brokerage firm, or perhaps a mattress. Then again, I like vehicles that behave in ways that inspire criminality, so maybe being refined and advanced as the QX60 claims to be is a good thing.
“The upcoming, all-new 2022 INFINITI QX60 embraces the tenets of what our brand stands for,” said Infiniti chairman Peyman Kargar. “Teams from Japan and the U.S. have worked tirelessly to bring to customers the new QX60, our most refined and advanced three-row crossover yet.”
The new 9-speed automatic transmission, developed with supplier ZF, “has a direct and linear acceleration feel. The 9-speed has a larger ratio spread — almost 10:1. It gives the driver confidence to increase their standing start, passing on the freeway, and in the city,” said Dave Kiesel, manager of powertrain performance at Infiniti’s Arizona Testing Center. “You just step on the pedal, it downshifts, and you go.“
In Death Valley, California, engineers subjected the QX60 to temperatures above 122 degrees Fahrenheit. The desert is conducive to testing the QX60’s cooling capabilities and its interior environment. They fine-tuned the QX60 to be tranquil and relaxing, despite the oppressive heat and punishing landscape outside the cabin.
Like Buzz Lightyear, who famously said, ‘To infinity, and beyond!’, Infiniti, the car company, is cueing up the QX60, their latest three-row luxury crossover cruiser, as a family wagon for families who dislike wagons. More details about the 2022 Infiniti QX60 are to be divulged soon.[Images: Infiniti]