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2007 Detroit Auto Show: QX56 Goes to Doctor 90210

My family is sort of schizophrenic when it comes to vehicles. Among others, our garage includes a MINI Cooper S and a Ford Expedition. As the primary driver of the Cooper, you can easily guess how I feel about the Expedition. While I sometimes appreciate it’s utility, vehicles this big should be used for hauling vegetables, not people. When I drive it, I often gaze in wonder at its expanse of empty seats, ready to reduce my passenger miles per gallon. Yet I understand that I am clearly (still) in the minority. The US has a lot of full size SUVs with happy drivers on the road.


…Of course I’m excited about the assignment of covering the 2008 refresh of the gargantuan QX56 for VehicleVoice.

Without making an SUV as big as the now-defunct Ford Excursion, Infiniti’s designers gave the original QX56 design cues that make it appear almost as huge. The front grille seems to boast about its lack of aerodynamics. In profile, the carryover roof still appears to be breaking at its mid-point. I can gladly tell the masses that the 2008 Infiniti QX56 has retained its character. More importantly, it has improved.
The exterior changes to the new QX include new front and rear fascias, new front fog lamps, new roof rack, and standard 20-inch chromed aluminum-alloy wheels. The overall effect is that of lightening the vehicle.
Infiniti is clearly spending more time (and money) on vehicle interiors. The QX’s interior contains by a new instrument panel cluster with electroluminescent instrumentation, and a wood grain interior trim. The 4WD model gets a heated steering wheel. Convenience is improved with a new 3rd-row power folding seat.


If capacity is your need, and comfort is your desire, the QX56 delivers.
The new QX goes on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide in April.
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