Infiniti’s mid-size three-row QX60 is all new for the 2021 model year and aims to move significantly up-market to win the hearts of premium-SUV buyers. Previewed by the QX60 Monograph concept, the 2021 QX60’s fresh styling marks a subtle departure from Infiniti’s current design language. We’re also expecting a significant interior upgrade when the new model hits the market sometime in 2021, but so far we’ve been denied a sneak peek inside. What’s under the hood could also see a makeover for 2021, and might include the company’s variable-compression turbocharged four-cylinder powering the new model; the 400-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 from the Q50 Red Sport sedan is also a possibility. The mid-size SUV market is hot and the QX60 will face stiff competition, so we’re hopeful that Infiniti will bring lots that’s new and fresh to this crucial member of their SUV lineup. Expect to see the new QX60 in showrooms in the first half of 2021.
What’s New for 2021?
The 2021 QX60 will be a ground-up redesign of the brand’s three-row SUV complete with more dramatic styling, new powertrains, and a more premium cabin.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Infiniti hasn’t released pricing information yet, nor has it disclosed the 2021 QX60’s available trim levels, standard features, or option packages. Judging by the smaller QX50 and larger QX80’s trim levels, the mid-range Essential model will likely offer the best balance of features and value, but we’ll update this story with more details once the production model is unveiled.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Although the current QX60 is powered by a 295-hp V-6 engine that’s paired exclusively to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), we’re expecting the 2021 model to adopt a more traditional seven- or eight-speed automatic transmission as well as both a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with variable compression and a more powerful V-6 engine. All-wheel drive is likely to remain optional but the new QX60 could switch from a front-wheel drive-based platform to a rear-drive architecture in order to better align with rival SUVs like the BMW X5, the Lincoln Aviator, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-class. Of course, at this time we’re just speculating—or perhaps hoping—as Infiniti hasn’t released any information about the QX60’s powertrains or platform.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn’t posted any fuel economy estimates for the 2021 QX60 yet, but the current model does well in this metric. A front-wheel drive model we tested in 2019 delivered a decent 26 mpg over our 75-mph highway fuel economy test route. When we get the chance to test the new QX60 we will update this story with results.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Aside from a dramatic new exterior redesign, the 2021 QX60 is expected to retain its three-row interior layout, which means space for up to seven passengers. Infiniti hasn’t yet given us a peek at the QX60’s cabin design yet, but if the smaller QX50 SUV is anything to go by, we’re expecting a huge improvement in both material quality and design over the 2020 model. Second row captain’s chairs are a likely feature here, something that family buyers are fond of for the ease of access to the standard third row. We’re expecting leather upholstery, suede accents, and wood trims. We should receive more information and images of the 2021 QX60’s cabin closer to the SUV’s on-sale date.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Current Infiniti models sport a dual-screen infotainment setup which we’ve found adequate but not particularly impressive. The 2021 QX60 is an opportunity for the brand to debut an all-new and more modern system with larger 10- or 12-inch displays, a digital gauge cluster, or augmented reality features that would rival those found in comparable Audi, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz models. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, onboard Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa integration, and SiriusXM satellite radio are all expected to be offered on the new QX60, but we’ll have to wait for the launch of the production model to be sure.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Since the 2021 QX60 is still merely a concept, crash test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not been released. A host of driver-assistance features is expected to be offered as standard with more high-tech items to be offered as optional extras. Key safety features are likely to include:
- Standard forward collision warning with automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
One thing that is expected to remain the same for the new QX60 is its standard warranty offerings. All Infiniti models offer longer powertrain coverage than most rivals at six years or 70,000 miles, but the brand doesn’t offer complimentary scheduled maintenance like the BMW does for the X5 or the Volvo for the XC90.
- Limited warranty covers 4 years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance