Infiniti announced this week that the next-generation QX60 SUV will get a nine-speed automatic transmission rather than the outgoing model’s continuously variable automatic. The brand, a luxury division of Nissan, previewed the SUV in September with the QX60 Monograph concept, which spokesman Infiniti Kyle Bazemore told us at the time was “pretty dang close” to what would be a fully redesigned 2022 QX60.
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The outgoing QX60 shared roots with the Nissan Pathfinder; both models are three-row SUVs. A redesigned Nissan Pathfinder debuted Feb. 4, dropping its CVT for a nine-speed auto. The QX60’s move to a nine-speed, paired with a 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 (the Pathfinder’s V-6, also 3.5 liters, makes 284 hp), signals the two may retain common underpinnings.
The 2022 QX60 hits U.S. dealerships “later this year,” Infiniti says. In a press release, the brand cited improvements to ride comfort in part through an Active Torque Mount system that isolates vibration to quiet the cabin. An electronic shift-by-wire system, meanwhile, allows for more space around the center console. Drivers will be able to choose from five driving modes: Standard, Eco, Snow, Sport and Personal.
We’ll know more as Infiniti shares additional details on the production 2022 QX60, which the brand says “will be revealed soon.”
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