OHLALA SPENT A DAY DRIVING THE 2023 QX60, A PREMIUM SUV INSPIRED BY THE COMPANY’S PROUD JAPANESE HERITAGE.
INFINITI is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Nissan, which has been producing premium motor vehicles under this label since 1989, with the inception of the INFINITI Q45. Ever since then, the brand has been developing innovative, drivercentric vehicles that showcase exceptional design quality in all aspects of their creation.
OHLALA has been fortunate enough to test drive three of INFINITI’s more recent offerings over the last few years, including the INFINITI Q60 Sports Coupé, the INFINITI PR QX50 Compact SUV, along with the INFINITI QX55 crossover coupé. This month, thanks to the supreme team at INFINITI Bahrain, we got to experience the new INFINITI QX60, the latest mid-sized luxury crossover SUV from this proud Far Eastern car manufacturer.
As the morning of our test drive approached, we agreed the QX60 would have to be something special to live up to the label’s ever-growing reputation of consistently producing motor vehicles of superior quality. The moment the car came into view, however, we knew that INFINITI had gone all out yet again, as we were immediately taken with every element of the exterior design that we laid our eyes on.
The 2023 model of this luxury SUV has been reimagined from the ground up, with this latest generation QX60 having been crafted to display a modern and refined look with its upright stance and performance-inspired styling.
At the front end, the uniquely fashioned grille features an origami-inspired mesh pattern that widens at the edges and, along with the standard LED headlamps – containing Kimono-fold patterning, emphasises the vehicle’s Japanese essence. These front lights also feature a distinctive piano key design that creates an unmistakable signature shape.
From front to rear, the strong aerodynamic form of the all-new QX60 is obvious, with full-length, dramatic yet simple body lines gently softening the robust stance of this powerful SUV. A fastback roofline, combined with standard 20-inch, machine-finished alloy wheels – coupled with low-profile tyres, together hint at the on-road intentions of this highperformance vehicle.
Additionally, we loved the two-tone paintwork of the body, along with the black roof rails and the branded side door chrome strips present on our premium model.
“From front to rear, the strong aerodynamic form of the all-new QX60 is obvious, with full-length, dramatic yet simple body lines gently softening the robust stance of this powerful SUV.”
Lucky enough to be inspecting the top-of-the-range Autograph trim model, we were welcomed by an ultra-luxurious and functional interior design. This spacious three-rower is a family-friendly SUV with plenty of space to seat seven people comfortably. It features quilted, saddle brown, semi-aniline leather furnishings, complete with masterful, double-stitch contrast accents and piping.
The ergonomically designed ‘zero gravity’ front row seats are eight-way memory and power-adjustable, feature in-seat massages, offer plenty of both comfort and support and provide a commanding view of the road ahead. The second-row features captains’ chairs – standard with the Autograph trim level. The first two rows of seating have embossed seatbacks and rich open-pore wood accents.
To provide everyday convenience and practicality, the second row’s sliding and tilting seats allow easy access to the third row without having to remove already-installed child safety seats.
The spacious cargo area is accessed through a motion-activated liftgate and offers 749 litres of cargo space – an area easily made larger thanks to the flexible nature of the seating.
INFOTAINMENT & CONNECTIVITY
The all-new QX60 features INFINITI’s new InTouch 12.3-inch Interactive Display touchscreen that provides access to all infotainment features, including full smartphone connectivity with both wireless Apple CarPlay and USB-based Android Auto.
An INFINITI 12.3-inch dynamic Meter Display is paired with a crisp 10.8-inch head-up display that provides important information to the driver without eyes having to be taken off the road.
The wireless charging mat is large enough to support an iPhone Pro Max, ensuring all smartphones are easy to charge and stay connected.
We uncovered more noteworthy features in our interior time, including HD Radio, expanded SiriusXM functions and embedded navigation complete with street and satellite views.
POWER & PERFORMANCE
The 2023 INFINITI QX60 combines intuitive technology and impressive driveline dynamics with an award-winning 3.5-litre V6. This highperformance engine is coupled with an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission and produces 279hp and 350Nm of torque.
The all-new, direct coupling, intelligent all-wheel-drive system is another significant upgrade and almost instantly engages whenever it detects wheel slipping. INFINITI’s Active Brake Limited Slip functionality can brake individual wheels to redirect torque to the wheels that cannot secure grip instantly. The result is ultimate control in even the most challenging of driving conditions.
With all the power and performance features at our disposal, we spent a very satisfactory day cruising around Bahrain, receiving our share of admiring glances throughout.
SAFETY & ASSISTANCE
To ensure you and your loved ones are in the very best of hands, the master craftspeople at INFINITI made sure to include a substantial suite of safety and driver assistance technologies in the 2023 QX60.
These features include an anti-locking braking system with emergency braking distribution, forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Alert, Blind Spot Warning & Intervention, Intelligent Cruise Control with Distance Assist Control, along with front and rear parking sensors, multiple ISOFIX tethers and a series of airbags throughout the interior.
In the 2023 QX60, INFINITI have managed to further solidify their impressive reputation for producing high-performance, luxury vehicles that are not only practical and packed with features but easy on the eye and a whole lot of fun to drive.