2016 Infiniti QX60 Gets Attractive Refresh and Keeps Hybrid Engine

Ahead of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti has dropped a couple of new toys, fresh from Lapland. If you are looking for a practical 7-seat crossover with true luxury features, look no further than the 2016 Infiniti QX60, featuring a pleasant refresh and added tech.
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Infiniti started facelifting its older cars with the full-size QX80 SUV and the Q70 L sedan. Both models were met with criticism, but we think the company has gotten far better at refreshing older cars.

The QX60 was never an ugly machine to begin with, but thanks to a masculine new front end, you barely notice this is a 3-row family vehicle anymore. Designers sculpted all sorts of crazy lines around the large grille and installed new lights on all corners.

Around the back, they got rid of the dorky chrome inserts that framed the number plate, made the spoiler look bigger and pulled the fake diffuser out a little. The color is also new, as is the design for the alloy wheels with a multi-spoke design.

Customers can order their 2016 QX60 in one of seven exterior colors; Black Obsidian, Hermosa Blue, Liquid Platinum, Majestic White, Graphite Shadow, Jade Green, and Hagane Blue. A new shark fin antenna mounted at the back helps the crossover exude a sportier persona.

Infiniti is by no means a big company, but the QX60 is one of its most popular and profitable models. As such, it has made a rather controversial decision. While its sister car, the Nissan Pathfinder, will discontinue its hybrid powertrain, the luxury model gets to keep it. We are talking about a supercharged, 2.5-liter inline-four with an electric motor for a combined 250 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque.

Infiniti says it's made a few suspension tweaks here and there, but the big story here is that the engine sits on liquid-filled active mounts. Elsewhere in the range, the regular QX60 that most people buy continues to be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 265 horsepower for either the front (standard) or all four wheels to enjoy.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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