Goodbye, CVT: Redesigned 2022 Infiniti QX60 gets same powertrain as new Nissan Pathfinder
Slowly, details of the redesigned 2022 Infiniti QX60 are being revealed. Today, the company let it slip that the three-row SUV will be powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 that is in the current QX60 but its transmission will be different.
Instead of having a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the midsize 2022 QX60 will have its engine paired with a ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission. A spokesperson for Infiniti confirmed that this is the same powertrain setup that is in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, which debuted last week.
"The upcoming, all-new 2022 Infiniti QX60 embraces the tenets of what our brand stands for," said INFINITI Chairman Peyman Kargar. "Teams from Japan and the U.S. have worked tirelessly to bring the new QX60 to customers as our most refined and advanced three-row crossover yet. The QX60 is a foundation for Infiniti and will bring to life our core philosophies. We'll have more to talk about soon, so watch this space."
In the 2022 Pathfinder, the power plant yields 284-horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. Expect it to do about the same in the QX60, with about the same level of efficiency, if what Nissan said about the way the engine will perform in its new model is true. Both the Pathfinder and QX60 achieved and EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined with their 2020 body styles when equipped with front-, four-, or all-wheel drive. The two-wheel drive Pathfinder did one better getting 23 mpg combined.
The new QX60 has been in development for some time. The company's engineering team at Infiniti's Arizona Testing Center have logged thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of miles behind the wheel of test vehicles to fine-tune the next-gen QX60 including the crossover's response, capabilities, ride and handling, and overall behavior.
"The all-new QX60 has a direct and linear acceleration feel. It gives the driver confidence to not only increase their standing start but also passing on the freeway and in the city," said Dave Kiesel, manager of powertrain performance at Infiniti's Arizona Testing Center. "You just step on the pedal, it downshifts, and you go.
"The all-new nine-speed has a larger ratio spread — almost 10:1. This gives the customer the ability to have a standing start performance that is confident and responsive. The corollary of that is also that you maintain your fuel economy on the freeway," Kiesel added.
The new QX60 will feature shift-by-wire technology. Drivers will be able to choose from five selectable drive modes: Standard, ECO, Snow, Sport, and Personal.
AutomotiveMap has already seen exterior and interior of the QX60. Click here to learn more about it. Visteon has revealed what the driver's information display, a fully-digital gauge cluster, looks like in the SUV.
The Infiniti QX60 is expected to be revealed soon. It will go on sale this autumn.