What is it? Infiniti showed a redesigned, slightly longer and wider QX56 large SUV at the New York International Auto Show. Available with either rear or all-wheel drive, the new QX Gets a new 400-horsepower, 5.6-liter direct-injection V8 matched with seven-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is said to be improved by 10 percent. The luxuriously appointed interior offers seating for up to eight passengers in three rows of seats, with an available dual screen video system that allows passengers to watch different entertainment. Electronic safety aids include lane departure and blind spot warning systems, and a panoramic rear view camera. Base price remains the same as the outgoing model at $56,700.
What's new or notable? A new body motion control system uses hydraulic cylinders mounted at the shock absorbers and connected by piping that allows fluid to be moved from one side to the other to reduce body lean.
CR's take: Infiniti promises a 10 percent gain in fuel economy over the outgoing model. Sounds good, but when we tested the similar Nissan Armada with the same powertrain, we got just 13 mpg overall. That means a ten percent gain would take it up to about 14 mpg.
When will it be available? Summer 2010.
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