2012 INFINITI QX56 Overview
Redesigned last year, Infiniti's enormous QX56 adopted the brand's styling to look a bit more like its smaller cohorts. The standard 5.6-liter V-8 has direct fuel injection and makes 400 horsepower. The QX can have rear- or four-wheel drive. The QX, which can seat eight in three rows, counts the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator among its competitors.
New for 2012, the Technology Package adds Blind Spot Intervention and a lane departure mitigation system designed to help the driver bring the SUV back to the middle of its lane. The Deluxe Touring Package now includes a Bose Cabin Surround stereo with 15 speakers. Heated second-row seats and remote tip-up for the second row are now included in the Theater Package.
A massive grille adorns the hood, dwarfing the headlights and fog lights. Above the front fenders sit three chrome portals — a styling feature Buick made plenty of hay with awhile back. Alloy wheels measure 20 inches in diameter. Standard exterior features include xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and power-folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators. Optional are adaptive headlights with power washers, power liftgate, 22-inch wheels, and Hydraulic Body Motion Control.
The QX56's interior sports three-dimensional gauges, a four-spoke steering wheel and gathered leather inserts along the doors. An available rear entertainment system can play two video sources on separate screens.
With captain's chairs in the second row, the QX seats up to seven; a three-seat bench in the second row increases capacity to eight. The captain's chairs tip up to facilitate third-row entry. The third row can power-fold into the floor, and it also has a power-reclining function. Interior features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, and CD stereo with a USB input and Bluetooth streaming audio. A Bose stereo, cooled front seats, and heated rear seats are optional.
Mechanical features include a 5.6-liter V-8; 400 hp and 413 pounds-feet of torque mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The available four-wheel-drive system has an on-demand automatic mode and electronic transfer case with high and low ranges Safety features include front-seat side-impact airbags and three-row side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, antilock brakes, and electronic stability system. An optional Around View Monitor, blind spot warning system, and lane departure mitigation make the QX easier to drive around.