After a visual upgrade in 2016 and a mechanical update, we expect INFINITI to take the 2018 model year off and leave the QX60 as-is.
As a carryover model, we anticipate no clear changes to the look of the QX60. This shouldn’t com as a shock, given its significant refresh just a few years back. We expect the same to ring true for its roomy and comfortable cabin.
With no changes on the horizon, we also expect the QX60’s standard features to remain the same too. If this proves true, look for this crossover to come standard with leather upholstery, heated seats, keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, three-zone climate control, a moonroof, a rearview camera, a six-speaker audio system, and more.
The power behind the QX60 shouldn’t see any changes. We expect the standard powertrain to include the same 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
There should also continue to be a hybrid version that uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor to crank out 250 hp. Both powertrains will come standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive will be available as an option. Both powertrains will also come with a continuously variable transmission.
Safety is not an issue for the current QX60, as it received a Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS. The only thing keeping it from the Top Safety Pick Plus category is its poor headlight test results. With no changes in this area, we expect these ratings to remain the same in 2018. Remember, though, to get the superior rating the QX60 received in the front crash prevention test, you’ll have to opt for the pricey Deluxe Technology Package ($7,300 in 2017).
Expect a full review closer to launch.