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Infiniti QX56 SUV Preview
By Steve Litscher

(Friday, December 26, 2003 8:15 PM PST)

Infiniti Sport Utility QX56

Infiniti QX56

Infiniti QX 56 SUV dash picture

Infiniti QX56 SUV fold flat rear seats

Infiniti SUV 3rd row of seats

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QX56 Photos from Detroit Auto Show

Scheduled to make its debut at the 2004 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, is the exciting new Infiniti QX56. The latest offering from Infiniti is designed to "target luxury SUV buyers who are looking for something new and different, (by) providing a combination of practical elegance and ergonomic thoughtfulness with a rewarding level of comfort and indulgence," according to the latest Infiniti press release.

Comfort and indulgence seem to be very appropriate terms for defining the overall scope of the QX56. Comfort comes via 4-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension, an advanced rear auto-leveling air suspension (all mated to a fully boxed, high strength steel frame), supple Sojourner leather-appointed seating surfaces, thick Tuscano carpeting, genuine Dark Macore or Blonde Apaya wood trim, dual-zone automatic climate controls, and a very thorough list of standard options.
Drivers can indulge themselves with amenities such as laser-controlled active cruise control, standard rear park distance controls, standard navigation (complete with a 7" high-contrast LCD monitor), xenon headlights (standard), four 12-volt power outlets, twelve (12) cup-holders, power folding (heated) mirrors, and a versatile interior layout that includes seats that fold completely flat for increased cargo capacity.

Gizmos and gadgets are nice, but what about power? The QX56 will be available with a standard, 315 horsepower, 390 lb-ft of torque, 5.6L DOHC all aluminum V8 that is mated to a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. 90% of the torque generated by the motor will be available below 2,500 rpm - perfect for hauling, towing (capacity is quoted at 8,900-lbs when properly equipped, which makes it a class leader) or off-road driving. That torque curve should provide a nice kick in the pants when mashing the go-pedal.

Infiniti wisely makes the buying process simple by taking the complexity out of the buying decision. The QX56 will be available in one model, with a choice of rear-wheel or fulltime 4-wheel drive. The list of standard equipment includes: 5.6L V8, 5-speed automatic transmission, leather, Bose audio system, navigation system, and more.

Buyers can choose to outfit their QX56 with options such as: Infiniti's DVD Mobile entertainment system, power sunroof, smart vision package (rearview camera/monitor system and intelligent cruise control system), and much more.

The Mississippi built QX56 will go on sale at Infiniti dealers nationwide in spring of 2004. We're very excited about Infiniti's latest offering and can hardly wait to see how the QX56 will breathe much-needed life into the otherwise boring luxury SUV market.

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