The 2007 Infiniti QX56-a very large sport utility vehicle (SUV)-is virtually unchanged from the 2006 model because Infiniti plans an early launch of an updated and upgraded 2008 model. The 2008 model will feature a new look, new colors inside and out, a third-row power-folding seat, and updated audio and entertainment systems.
Infiniti launched its QX56 in 2004. It is a very large and powerful full-size SUV with 3 rows of seats, rear-wheel or full-time four-wheel drive, and 9,000 pounds of towing capacity. Power comes from a 5.6-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 320 hp and a whopping 393 lb.-ft. of trailer-towing torque.
While capable of doing serious work, this is no workhorse. The QX is a luxury liner loaded full of leather, wood trim, and with a long list of standard or optional equipment that includes a navigation system, a rearview-monitor camera system, a hands-free telephone, and a load-leveling rear suspension.
The early arrival of the 2008 model marks the first major revision to the QX since its introduction. The changes include a power folding mechanism for the third-row seat, new interior trim with real wood, a Burr-Brown audio system with a 9.5-gigabyte Music Box hard drive, and an 8-inch screen for the DVD entertainment system.
The Infiniti QX56 competes in the Large Premium Utility segment, which consists of 13 models. Buyers in this segment look for exterior styling, performance, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Cadillac Escalade (39,017 units sold), Lincoln Navigator (23,947), and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (18,776) in its first year on the market. The Infiniti QX56 sold 11,694 units in 2006, a decrease of 20.5 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Premium Utility segment include the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Cadillac Escalade ESV, HUMMER H2, Land Rover Range Rover, and Lexus LX-Series. Joining the segment in 2007 are the Lincoln Navigator L and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and GL-Class.