The Infiniti QX stands out in the luxury performance SUV class with its unique combination of inspired design and performance. Now in the third year of the current generation design, the 2013 Infiniti QX continues to offer an unparalleled combination of power, strength and luxury style – capable of transporting up to eight adults and their belongings with spacious elegance. Its drivetrain is rugged, while being equally at home transporting friends and family for a night on the town.
For 2013, the advanced Moving Object Detection (MOD) system has been added to the standard Around View Monitor.
As in previous years, all 2013 Infiniti QXs include a high-stiffness frame structure that enhances ride comfort while reducing noise, vibration and harshness. The proven 5.6-liter V8 engine combines the responsive acceleration of Infiniti's VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) technology with the efficiency of Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) to produce 400 horsepower and 560 Nm of torque. A smooth 7-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models.
The QX interior is long on luxury and comfort, including standard Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, Around View Monitor, Bose® 13-speaker Premium Sound System and available Bose® Cabin Surround® Sound System.
The Infiniti QX is designed to attract and hold viewers' attention, conveying its underlying sense of power and strength. The bold front chrome grille is flanked by automatic on/off bi-functional xenon headlights with windshield wiper interlock and integrated front fog lights. Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) with auto-leveling headlights are also available. Other exterior features include LED taillights, power-folding sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals, courtesy lights and reverse tilt-down feature, body color running boards, body color integrated front and rear splashguards built into the wheel arches, roof rails, power sliding tinted glass moonroof and a power rear liftgate.
The QX's strong presence is accented by the powerful wheel and tire combination 9-spoke, 22 x 8.0-inch forged aluminium-alloy and a palette of six distinctive exterior colors and two interior colors.
All Infiniti QXs feature a high-stiffness frame structure with large side rail section width, connecting structures between each cross member and side rails, an integrated rear hitch member, and a special rear body ring structure around the tailgate – all designed to help provide a quieter, more comfortable ride.
The advanced engine and transmission designs deliver a combination of power, efficiency and refinement worthy of the Infiniti name. The 5.6-liter 32-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V8 features Infiniti's advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) technology and Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) system. The VVEL system combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake side to help improve performance and response. Throttle response is enhanced by directly controlling the intake valve, rather than using the traditional method of controlling intake with the throttle valve. The VVEL system also offers improved emissions and fuel efficiency (over non-VVEL designs) by reducing the intake resistance that occurs when the engine's throttle valve opening is narrowed and output is low.
The DIG system provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance (versus a non direct-injection system) by reducing engine knock, improving combustion stability and offering more precise injection control. The engine is rated at 400 horsepower and 560 Nm of torque.
All 2013 QXs come equipped with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM). The QX is offered in four-wheel drive, featuring Infiniti's proven All-Mode 4WD® system with Auto, 4H and 4L modes. The system is designed to distribute torque to all four wheels when road conditions warrant, helping to enhance traction.
The QX's suspension is an independent double-wishbone design front and rear and an automatic rear leveling system that seeks to maintain uniform ground clearance and departure angle, even when towing or carrying cargo, by automatically adjusting the air pressure in the system's air bladders.
In addition, an advanced Hydraulic Body Motion Control system is available. The system helps to reduce body lean in turns, resulting in improved ride comfort for passengers in all three rows. Suspension travel is automatically controlled by hydraulic chambers integrated into each shock absorber. The chambers are cross-linked with piping, allowing for the transfer of hydraulic fluid, managed seamlessly by nitrogen-charged accumulators, from one side of the vehicle to the other. This enables the system to vary suspension travel independently on either side of the vehicle, thereby counteracting body lean and creating a luxurious, flat ride.
The QX's world-class inner sanctum offers a comfortable space and personal controls for every occupant. Leather-appointed seating is standard for all three rows.
The QX features a standard dual occupant memory system for the driver's seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors. Heated front seat are standard, with available climate-controlled (heating and cooling functions) front seats.
Also available is a remote release for the 2nd row seats to activate the tip-up function through a switch on the center stack. The 3rd row seat is a 60/40-split power folding design. The 2nd row center console includes two cup holders and two storage bins.
Also standard is a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A 470.1L of cargo space for luggage is provided with the 3rd row seat up. When the 3rd row seat is folded, the flat load floor offers a wide, versatile space for carrying cargo such as home furnishings or recreational gear.
Two interior colors are available along with two interior finisher colors.
The QX's long list of additional comfort and convenience features includes four cup holders and eight bottle holders, Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges and Infiniti signature analog clock.
Among the QX's available premium entertainment and technology features are an 8-inch WVGA color touch-screen display, Infiniti Controller for use with vehicle information systems and comfort and convenience features, and the Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System. Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System is also standard.
For 2013, the convenience of the standard Around View Monitor with Front and Rear Sonar System is enhanced with the addition of the Moving Object Detection (MOD). Around View Monitor utilizes four small superwide-angle cameras – mounted on the front, side and rear of the QX – to provide a virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle, helping to maneuver it in tight spots. The system uses advanced image processing to combine the images from the four cameras and provide a unique "Birds-Eye View" of the vehicle's surroundings. The new MOD function helps enhance the driver's situational awareness by providing visual and audible warnings (front or back range object detection) if the system detects moving objects (such as another vehicle) within the displayed image in situations such as when pulling out of a parking space. The system detects moving objects within the "top view" (when the vehicle is in Park). When starting off or backing up, it detects moving objects, such as another vehicle, crossing within the front or rear views.
Two advanced audio systems are again available in 2013. The Bose® 13-speaker Premium Sound System includes two subwoofers. Rear headliner-mounted 3rd row speakers ensure that sound quality is not compromised by obstructions such as luggage or cargo. Also available is the Bose® Cabin Surround® sound system with 15 speakers. Other standard equipment includes a single in-dash CD/DVD player with MP3 playback, USB connection port for use with iPod® Interface or other compatible devices and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®.
The Infiniti QX once again offers a range of advanced technology systems. The QX includes both available Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems. The LDW and LDP systems use a small camera installed behind the windshield to detect lane markers in front of the vehicle, calculate its position relative to those lane markers and help warn the driver of a potential unintended lane departure with a visual indicator and audible buzzer. If the driver does not return the vehicle back toward the center of the travel lane, the LDP system assists the driver with a gentle application of the brakes on the opposite side of the drift.
Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot Intervention systems are also available. BSW illuminates an indicator light if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area. If the driver then activates the turn signal, the indicator flashes and an audible warning sounds. Blind Spot Intervention®, a world's first system, provides selective braking if the vehicle approaches an adjacent lane while another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area to help the driver return the vehicle back toward the center of the lane of travel.
Also offered as part of the QX Technology Package is Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), which, using a combination of laser sensors, throttle and brake actuators and the QX56's braking system, measures the distance to the vehicle ahead and automatically adjusts the QX56's speed to help maintain a pre-selected following distance.
The Technology Package also includes Distance Control Assist (DCA), which intuitively prompts the driver to release the throttle and applies the brakes in slowing traffic; Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW); and front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.
The 2013 QX56's extensive list of standard safety features includes an Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors; roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for outboard occupant head protection for all three rows; front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; 3-point front seat belts with pretensioners, load limiters and seat belt reminder; 3-point seat belts for all rear seat occupants (including center position); front seat Active Head Restraints; Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones and steel side-door guard beams.