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2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Infiniti QX56 Pricing Starts At $56,700

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The 2011 Infiniti QX56 in all its bulbousness has made its official world debut today at the 2010 New York Auto Show, and surprisingly pricing for the new ute has also been revealed. The 2011 Infiniti QX56 will start at $56,700 for the two-wheel drive model and $59,800 for the four-wheel drive model--barely a leap over the pricing for the outgoing 2010 model despite the extra horsepower, additional standard features and Japanese construction.

That’s right. The 2011 Infiniti QX56 will be built exclusively in Japan and goes on sale across the country this summer. Nissan ceased production of the outgoing QX56--and the Nissan Armada on which it was based--at its Canton plant in Mississippi last September.

The new luxury SUV is based on the rugged Nissan Patrol sold overseas and features the off-roader’s latest Hydraulic Body Motion Control system, which helps reduce body lean while turning for a more comfortable ride. The QX56’s suspension is an independent double-wishbone design front and rear, with twin tube shock absorbers, stabilizer bars and an automatic rear leveling system that seeks to maintain uniform ground clearance and departure angle, even when towing or carrying cargo, by automatically adjusting the air pressure in the system's air bladders.

All QX56 models also include Hill Start Assist. With Hill Start Assist, if a driver stops on a slope and steps off the brake pedal, the system will keep the vehicle stationary for a few seconds--with no roll back. This enables drivers to easily switch from the brake pedal to the accelerator on steep inclines.

Power comes from a 5.6-liter V-8--the same unit found in the 2011 Infiniti M56 Sedan--and tops out at 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The engine is matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission that features a pseudo manual control and downshift rev matching. Despite the added output and 8,500 pound towing capacity, the new 2011 Infiniti QX56 offers 10 percent better fuel economy than the previous generation QX.

Braking is provided by four-wheel disc brakes (13.8-inch vented discs front and rear) with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD). Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and two-wheel or four-wheel Active Brake Limited-Slip (ABLS) are standard on every QX56. Engine-speed-sensitive power steering is also standard.

The brakes reside within 20 inch wheels, which come as standard, although 22 inch forged aluminum wheels are also offered. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with four-corner pressure readout and Tire Inflation Indicator is also standard.

Inside, there’s a long list of luxury features including a hard disk-based navigation system, a 13 speaker stereo system, a 7 inch color display and DVD player and perforated semi-aniline leather trim.

[Infiniti]

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  1. That thing is still around? Wow
     
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  2. A v6/hybrid/diesel option may help but turning into a crossover & reducing its size would also probably help sales in today's market.
     
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  3. Yeah. No wonder. Looking at all of the other SUVs/CUVs in Infiniti’s lineup, the QX56 is definitely the black sheep of the family. An obese black sheep. I’d have a hard time finding an uglier set of twins than these.
     
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  4. I'm looking forward to the new QX56. I have a feeling that it will be far more curvy and expressive than the previous generation, likely the same length & width, but not as tall, and of course, the power will far trump the last version, with the V8 reported to top 400HP!
     
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  5. Anyone unfamiliar with the Nissan Patrol only needs to know that it is bad @$$ and definitely makes the next QX56 something to look forward to! Especially now that it is intended as a Range Rover competitor - I'm all for it!
     
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  6. Hopefully the quality of the new generation will be up to typical Infiniti standards this time. At least the V8 remains.
     
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  7. The Renault Diesel for the new patrol should go in the QX56 too 265bhp 4000405lbft 1750 and would do well in the new Qx 56
     
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  8. I still do not see the point to this thing over the Nissan.
     
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  9. Hideous...can't stand the 5ft mom's driving these in downtown Philly...
     
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  10. No doubt the performance, quality, fit and finish will be top-shelf... but IMHO Nissan's ONE requirement for being a car designer recently is to sculpt everything like Kirstie Alley's left love handle... show of hands: who wants to give that poor narwhal-inspired truck a Carrie Underwood-inspired baseball-bat nose job and put it out of its misery?
     
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  11. the headlamps are very similarly shaped and sculpted like the new M's...I will sell to soccer mom's that need that room for their 2 kids to tote around their stuff to and from practice...and they don't want a mini van...98% of these QX's will NEVER see any type of terrain besides smooth asphalt
     
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  12. Hi, This is simply amazing! This is a phenomenal vehicle at a phenomenal price point, especially given the enhanced styling inside and out and the impressive suite of new and improved standard features.
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  13. This is gorgeous!! Infiniti does a terrific job in keeping all their vehicles good looking and in tune with the company's overall design. I'd take this anyday over the boxy, low quality GM suvs hands down. The interior is top-notch and it seems like it packs power. I'd def take this for my family. Now Infiniti needs just bring back the Q already!!
     
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