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2011 Infiniti QX56 – Click above for high-res image gallery

After a quite entertaining piece of both gravity and physiology-defying strangeness from some smiley Cirque de Soleil performers (Infiniti is the official sponsor of Cirque de Soleil), Infiniti's product boss Carlos Tavares took the wraps off the all-new QX56. Based not on the Nissan Armada chassis (like the previous QX56) but instead on the heavy-duty Patrol, the new QX56 is a large, eight passenger "5-Star Luxury" body on frame SUV. That said, Infiniti managed to shed over 100 pound of flab compared to the 2010 QX56.

Speaking of the 2010 iteration, the previous QX56 is roundly regarded as one of the most awkward and ungainly looking luxo-barges, well, ever. In fact, if we were to put together a museum exhibit about the uncontrolled and obnoxious wild excesses of the just-ended SUV craze, the old QX would get top billing right next to a Hummer H2 and the Cadillac Escalade EXT. The new QX56 changes all that. It's world's better looking. We'd even go so far as to state that it has a certain Middle Eastern chic to it. Put it like this: if you had to cruise around your kingdom checking oil wells what would you rather be driving?

Infiniti is billing the QX56 as an eight-passenger private jet. Mr. Tavares must have said the word "luxury" a dozen times in his ten-minute presentation. Judging by our time with the all-new 2011 M37 and M56, we can declare then when they want to, Infiniti is fully capable of building a world-class interior. In the 2011 QX56, even the third-row reclines. Oh, they've also seen fit to stuff seven-inch color displays into the backs of the front head rests.

Hardware-wise, the QX56 is a body-on-frame full-size SUV sporting the same 5.6-liter variable-timing, direct-injection V8 as the M56, although in QX-trim it "only" makes 400 horsepower. However, while Infiniti had no official word on torque, they did explain the new QX56 can tow 8,500 pounds. And the big boy's seven-speed automatic allows it to get an almost, kinda respectable 20 mpg on the highway.

Most noteworthy is the inclusion of a Hydraulic Body Motion Control system that Infiniti claims reduces body roll by 40%. It uses an X-corner fluid distribution system (similar to how the Audi RS4 is suspended) that moves suspension fluid from the left front damper to the right rear, and vice-versa. Infiniti also claims the system is so effective that new QX56 has less body roll than the BMW 5 Series. Either way, the QX56 goes on this sale this summer, starting at the exact same price as the old one, $56,700. Make the jump to read the press release.

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2011 Infiniti QX Makes World Debut at New York International Auto Show

-- All-new Infiniti luxury SUV offers dramatic styling, 5-star travel experience -- Delivers 25% more horsepower, more than 10% better fuel economy -- Pricing remains the same as 2010 QX, starts at $56,700 USD

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Infiniti today revealed its all-new 2011 Infiniti QX full-size SUV at a press conference at the 2010 New York International Auto Show. The new second-generation QX, which is designed to offer a true five-star travel experience, is scheduled to go on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide this summer - with no increase in pricing over the 2010 QX. The 2011 QX is offered in two models - Infiniti QX56 2WD and Infiniti QX56 4WD.

The QX will be on display, along with the full lineup of inspired Infiniti vehicles - including the redesigned Infiniti G and all-new Infiniti M, which went on sale March 18th - at Jacob Javits Center from April 2nd through April 11th.

"We're excited to be here in New York for the global debut of the Infiniti QX, a world-class vehicle that spotlights Infiniti's inspired design, performance, technology and craftsmanship," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Business Unit. "The new QX gives us an incredible presence in full-size performance luxury SUVs - perfect for buyers seeking style, comfort, roominess and driving exhilaration."

The 2011 Infiniti QX is conceived to attract and hold viewers' attention, conveying its underlying sense of power and strength. The design is dynamic, its size capable of transporting eight adults and their belongings with spacious elegance. Inside the distinctive QX body is an interior long on luxury and convenience, including standard Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, Around View(TM) Monitor, Bose® 2-channel, 13-speaker Premium Audio System, available perforated semi-aniline leather seating, and available DVD entertainment system with dual 7-inch color monitors which allows different sources to be played at the same time. The 2011 QX also offers ample 1st and 2nd row roominess and generous luggage space.

The 2011 QX combines a 400-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 engine with Infiniti's VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) and Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG(TM)) system with a refined 7-speed automatic transmission - providing a 25% increase in horsepower and more than a 10% increase in fuel economy versus the 2010 QX. The new QX's towing capacity is rated at 8,500 pounds for both 2WD and 4WD models.

For the first time ever on an Infiniti vehicle, a new Hydraulic Body Motion Control system is offered (available on both 2WD and 4WD models as part of the Deluxe Touring Package, which also includes 22-inch wheels and tires and a number of other features). The system helps reduce body lean while turning for a more comfortable ride.

Included among the new QX's standard premium entertainment and technology features are an 8-inch WVGA color touch-screen display, Infiniti Controller for use with the vehicle information systems and comfort and convenience features, and the Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information, XM NavWeather(TM) with Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and Zagat Survey® Restaurant Guide. Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System is standard, as is XM® Satellite Radio, USB connection for use with iPod® Interface or other compatible devices, and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®.

The new Infiniti QX also offers a range of advanced technology systems, including Infiniti's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems. A new Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system is also available. It illuminates an indicator light if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area. If the driver then activates the turn signal, the indicator flashes and an audible warning sounds. Optional on the new QX is Infiniti's advanced Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

Pricing for the 2011 Infiniti QX is set at an Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP)* of $56,700 USD for the QX56 2WD and $59,800 USD for the QX56 4WD.

"We're especially pleased to be able to keep pricing at 2010 levels, despite the new generation QX's significant enhancements in luxury content, performance, fuel economy, and available advanced technology features," said Poore. "It's a smart investment in a vehicle unlike any other in the market today."

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      I can get past the exterior; color me impressed!
      But the exterior...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Death to all fender vents!

      This one is particularly egregious, and it should have four port holes instead of three in the Buick tradition.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone would drive this ??!!

      Is this classified as a car or LMO (Large Moving Object)
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      The styling looks very Infiniti, like an FX only larger. The Interior is going to be best in class, adding ventilated seats, active body control , blind spot warning, blind spot intervention and the upgraded Navigation this will be the high tech SUV in the market. While some may not like the styling the people that can afford it will love it.
      • 5 Years Ago
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        I'm 6'4", and would rather drive the 95% of any other SUV, car, moped (save for the Juke) that fits us "tall" guys...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Tre

        What a ridiculous comment.

        I am your height as well, and I fit perfectly fine in about 90% of vehicles on sale today. In the grand scheme for things, 6'2" really isn't THAT tall.

        @ Ligor

        I'd take a GL any day of the week over this hideous beast. At least the GL will maintain its value better and not be seen as a Nissan rebadge with a really bad nose job.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i love it too
        i think it's bar none the best large SUV out there

        and to those complaining

        put sime side comparison with the M-B GL or R-class or Lincoln Navogator and then see
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lexus LX570

        Merc GL

        Audi Q7

        Range Rover

      • 5 Years Ago
      I love body on frame suv's, but this thing sure is ugly. I'll take a Land Cruiser or Range Rover over this any day. The extra cost to get either of those is well justified over the QX for the simple fact that I would have to look away every day when walking up to get in just so I wouldn't upset my stomach.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "It's world's better looking. We'd even go so far as to state that it has a certain Middle Eastern chic to it."

      Worlds better looking? I think not. It is that exact Middle Eastern chic to it that I hate.

      This thing is positively hideous, and outright bulbous. Just like the overwrought new M, this thing is just as bad and maybe even worse.

      Infiniti (and Nissan for that matter) are simply trying too hard, and it is showing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seeing as how looks are completely subjective, I'll respectfully agree to disagree.

        Those fender vents are atrociously tacky, and look like something that you could pick up for about $5 at your local Autozone and stick on anything. The front end is bulbous and disproportionate and the same goes for the rear end.

        I seriously doubt this is on-par off-road with a LX or Landcruiser, let alone a Range Rover or LR3/4. BOF SUVs are dead, and that is why Nissan would never do this with the Pathfinder which they already did with the QX4. The public knows better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i think you're wrong
        personally I find this one of the best large SUV's ever created
        not only does it have the bset interior in any large SUV ever, but the off-road capabilities are unmatched this side of a Wrangler or H1

        and the exterior looks positively awesome, with the only exception being the rear end

        but them I find the current QX56 good looking and have always though it was one of the best in it's segment

        now I would never buy an SUV/CUV but this might just be the first one that I actually want to own

        I wish Nissan would give infiniti a simialr vehicle based on it's Pathfinder and make it this luxurious and also this off-road capable
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would like to see it in person. I would consider it if I had that type of money to spend and was looking for a full size SUV.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh I am sorry I thought that was the new Mitsubishi Montero....
      • 5 Years Ago
      The question about oil wells? A Range Rover... period.
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