• Mar 28th 2010 at 4:58PM
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2011 Infiniti QX56 - Click above for image gallery

When Nissan unveiled the all-new Patrol SUV in the Middle East last month, we already knew that we'd be seeing the rebranded Infiniti version as the 2011 QX56 at the New York Auto Show. Furthermore, spy photos left little to the imagination. Today, leaked official images leave exactly zero to the imagination.

Despite what appears to be an effort to infuse a dollop of FX style to the front end, the 2011 Infiniti QX56 manages to retain an awkward-looking "forehead" (much like its predecessor) that's reminiscent of Frankenstein's monster, thanks to the not-insubstantial amount of bodywork that rises above the headlamps. There's also a garish fender vent the approximate size of Martha's Vineyard. While the QX56's front and rear end treatments are unique to the Infiniti, the basic profile and daylight opening are identical to the new Patrol, as is the lavishly-appointed interior, which appears to just swap steering wheel logos.

Given that we already know the vehicle nomenclature - QX56 - look for the same 5.6-liter, 400-horsepower, 405 pound-foot direct-injected V8 that's available in the Nissan. Likewise, we expect to see most, if not all, of the same technological features the new Patrol offers, such as its seven-speed automatic transmission, electronic four-wheel-drive with driver-selectable modes, and hydraulic anti-roll system.

Check out the low-res leaked images in the gallery below, which you can compare to our high-res Nissan Patrol set. We'll have full details in the new 2011 Infiniti QX56 later this week once the festivities get underway in New York.

[Source: 4WheelsNews]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Just as ugly as before, except this one looks like a sperm whale from the front.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do not like.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a huge improvement over the outgoing model. What were they thinking with those side vents though? Not even Buick would use those.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Blech. Hideous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Infiniti was doing so well.

      Their designs are declining.

      FX, M, G-facelift, and now this...

      It all started going pear-shaped and fish-faced with that crazy Essence concept.

      The G35 Coupe may end up being their greatest exterior design... The G37 that followed softened the exterior lines, but got the nicer interior...

      I don't even want to know what their next G-coupe is going to look like, at this rate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That means the Nissan Patrol should be the next Armada..

      The Patrol ---> http://www.autoblog.com/2010/02/13/all-new-nissan-patrol-unveiled-in-the-uae/

      I still believe the Nissan is MUCH more attractive than this thing is, as I feel the current Armada looks better then its more expensive current Infiniti brother.

      The headlights of this QX56... how the kinda wrap around just doesn't do it for me. I'm not all to sure about the Highlander light rear quarter panels either. Maybe those things will grow on me, but the chrome side vent things can go. BUT in all kindness, to end on a good note, I think that its butt looks alrite...
        • 5 Years Ago
        AND im happy those "humps" on the roof line are done away with!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like something dripped onto it. Or that it dripped out of the rear end of something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like a model car made out of a bunch of pillows.
        • 5 Years Ago
        hahahaha...good one
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's like they have a different designer for each section of the car, then a new team puts it all together. Just too many shapes, too many opposing lines/curves and then that fender vent. Wow.
      • 5 Years Ago
      really?? that's the best looking idea they could come up with? I mean, really?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        FX = Cheetah

        QX = Cheetos
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new QX...So ugly, it just might work...
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