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Goodbye, CVT: Redesigned 2022 Infiniti QX60 gets same powertrain as new Nissan Pathfinder

More details about the 2022 Infiniti QX60 continue to emerge.

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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."

2022 Infiniti QX60

2022 Infiniti QX60 camouflage

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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.

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2022 Nissan Altima: Three things to know

The Nissan Altima is a good value and a comfortable car.

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The Nissan Altima may not get the attention or the praise that the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord get, but it's a solid entry in an ultra-competitive segment. It's also one of few options in its class with available all-wheel drive. We spent a week with the 2022 Nissan Altima SR Midnight Edition with AWD and came away from the experience impressed. Here are three things to know about the car.

The 2022 Nissan Altima is a Good Value

With a starting price in the mid-$20,000 range and available all-wheel drive, it's hard to complain about value here. The Altima is still reasonably priced at the top end, where it maxes out at around $35,000 before options and fees. That's a great value for a spacious, comfortable car like the Altima, and with all-wheel drive it's a great all-weather commuter.

2022 Nissan AltimaNissan offers the Altima in several configurations.Nissan

2022 Altima Interior Space and Comfort are Generous

It's easy to ignore Nissan's Zero Gravity seats as another marketing buzzword, but they are legitimately comfortable and supportive in a way that not many others are. Available leather upholstery and contrast stitching give the interior an upscale feel, but even lower trims' cloth upholstery feels nice and works well from a visual standpoint. Up front, there's room for both passengers to stretch out, and the driver won't feel cramped on leg or headroom. Back-seat passengers get a similar treatment, as there's plenty of space for adults and kids. Parents will find an easy time loading and unloading car seats as well.

2023 Nissan AltimaThe Altima gets an update for 2023 with fresh styling and more tech.Nissan

The 2023 Nissan Altima Gets an Update

Nissan is refreshing the Altima for 2023 with a facelift, new tech, and better safety features. The new car will go on sale in the fall of 2022 and will come in several trims, including one with Nissan's truck VC-Turbo engine. The Altima's most noticeable update will be its front fascia, which is all-new for 2023. Nissan gives the car a fresh grille design that varies depending on the trim, and LED headlights will be standard. Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard, and the Altima is available with all-wheel drive, ProPilot Assist, and more.

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The new Z starts at under $40,000.

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The new Nissan Z is finally here, and the 400-horsepower sports car is hitting the market with a reasonable price. The car starts at just $39,990 before a $1,025 destination charge. That's significantly cheaper than the least expensive Toyota Supra for a car with impressive specs and great style.

2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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