Powertrain

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

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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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The QX60 is all-new for 2022.

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Infiniti has released detailed specs and features for its all-new QX60 SUV. The upscale family hauler will land later this year with a reasonable starting price, updated tech, a nicely appointed cabin, and plenty more. The automaker offers its new SUV in four trims, each of which is available with all-wheel drive: Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and Autograph.

The QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available, and all models get a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Infiniti says that the gearbox has a low first gear that helps deliver better acceleration and power off the line, and taller upper gears for smoother cruising on the highway. The revised all-wheel drive system is more responsive and engages more quickly than the system in the previous model.


2022 Infiniti QX60 The QX60 gets leather and several luxury features as standard kit. Infiniti


An upgraded interior is in the cards for the new QX60, as all models now get leather, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel as standard equipment. Front passengers' backsides are treated to Infiniti's excellent zero-gravity seats and a stiffer second-row seat frame reduces vibration and noise in the cabin. Infiniti says that the cabin itself has more sound-deadening materials and thicker glass in the second row, which together yield a 7 percent improvement in noise on the highway.


2022 Infiniti QX60 A digital gauge cluster comes on all but the base model.Infiniti


A 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Six USB ports, nine speakers, HD Radio Bluetooth, voice commands, and SiriusXM radio are also standard. All but the base Pure trim level come with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and the top Autograph model gets a 10.8-inch full-color head-up display and a smart rearview mirror.

The new QX60 goes on sale this fall in the U.S. and Canada. Pricing starts at $47,875 for the base Pure model and tops out at $64,275 for the top Autograph AWD trim.

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Toyota has sold over 50 million Corollas

Toyota has sold tens of millions of Corollas over the last 55 years.

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The Toyota Corolla entered its 12th generation in 2019, after more than 50 years on sale. Now, in 2021, the automaker says the car has reached another benchmark, this time with an almost unbelievable number attached to it. In Today, Toyota says that in July 2021, it sold the 50-millionth Corolla. That's almost one Corolla sold for every six Americans alive today, though the sales total includes international vehicles as well.


1969 Toyota Corolla The Corolla's frugal powertrain helped it grow quickly in the United States.Toyota


The Corolla debuted in 1966 but didn't make its way to our shores until spring 1968. Sold as a 1969 model, the car had a starting price of around $1,700 at a time when the median household income was $7,700. The first cars had a short-stroke 1,077-cc four-cylinder engine, 12-inch wheels, and a four-speed manual transmission. That powertrain produced only 60 horsepower, which was good for the car to (eventually) reach 60 mph in about 17 seconds.

Though the car's quality and design helped, it was the oil crisis in the early 1970s that really pushed it to the top of buyers' lists. Big American cars powered by V8 engines fell out of favor as fuel rationing and higher prices took hold. The early Corolla's fuel economy of over 35 mpg helped it earn a place in many Americans' driveways as a result.


2021 Toyota Corolla Cross 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation


Toyota notes that it was building Corollas in the United States by the mid-1980s and says that the current generation car is built at its manufacturing facility in Mississippi. The automaker's new joint plant with Mazda, which is located in Huntsville, Alabama, will start building the new Corolla Cross this summer.

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