From off-road capability, what SUV carmakers really brag about now is these cars' towing capacity. In 1990, all companies that were represented in this segment boast of having off-road capability.
The luxurious features and the price of the car mostly weren't considered at all. But as the SUV market is now on its way to a full recovery, the focus is now on these cars' towing capacity. The response to this trend is Infiniti's new-generation 2011 QX56.
Despite being regarded as a luxury vehicle with its stitched leather seats, woodwork laced with powdered silver and a buttery-smooth ride, the QX56 is still a terrific work partner as it is capable of towing 8,500 pounds in two-wheel or all-wheel drive. This represents a reduction from the 2010 model, which offers 9,000 pounds of towing.
For 2011, Infiniti has redesigned the QX56 to have high-end styling but still have a balnce of family-friendly back seats and cargo room, vacation towing and high-end styling.
While rivals have switched to more fuel-efficient, carlike, crossovers, Infiniti has remained loyal to the truck. Production of the Mississippi-built, body-on-frame SUV was transferred to Japan, where it has been re-engineered off the body-on-frame Nissan Patrol platform for export.
The QX56 is being marketed by Infiniti as a vehicle for upper-end customers who travel with their children. Notably, only 38% of the luxury SUV segment has children.
Ben Poore, vice president of the Infiniti business unit, said that for QX56 buyers, the number is 70%. The model has a new center console that provides compartments for stowing games and DVDs.
On longer rides, the seats can recline and a third row of seats was intended to provide more comfort during the longer rides. Second- and third-row seats are linked to its climate control. The impact of the sun is reduced to air currents moving along back windows to decrease the effects of the sun's heat. [via autonews - sub. required]