2005 Infiniti QX56 Full-Size SUV Combines Power With Interior Roominess and Innovation
The Infiniti QX56 provides the ultimate sport utility vehicle (SUV) experience, combining the luxury appointments of an Infiniti, seating for up to eight, generous cargo and
towing capacity, plus rugged off-road capability.
As an all-new model for 2004, the QX56 receives only minor enhancements for the 2005 model year. Designated QX56 for its powerful 5.6-liter, 315-horsepower V8 engine, the
QX56 adds the RearView monitor as standard equipment on all models for 2005 and active head restraints for the front passenger position.
In the short amount of time that the QX56 has been on sale, it's made a tremendous impact on the full-size luxury SUV segment,' said Mark Igo, vice president and
general manager, Infiniti Division. 'With new levels of luxury, style, sophistication and SUV power, the QX56 will be a dominant force in its class for years to come.'
True Luxury in Look and Feel
The 2005 Infiniti QX56 is designed for luxury SUV buyers who are looking for something new and different, providing a combination of practical elegance and ergonomic
thoughtfulness with a rewarding level of comfort and indulgence.
'The biggest unmet need in the luxury SUV category is for refined dynamics, the sense that even though these are full-size, fully capable vehicles they shouldn't ride and
look like trucks,' said Igo. 'The QX56 addresses those concerns admirably from a hardware standpoint with its independent rear suspension, smooth 5-speed automatic
transmission and extremely quiet cabin. But the QX56 also asserts itself with tremendous luxury and style, more than with just its physical scale and capabilities.'
The exterior styling of the QX56 projects a very powerful presence, beginning with its large hood, Infiniti-style chrome "waterfall" grille and taut, barrel-shaped sides. The
jewel-like xenon headlights are located low in the fenders, which, combined with the integrated halogen fog lamps, help give the QX56 a strong resemblance to the elegant front end
design established by the original Infiniti QX4. The large 18-inch tires are placed close to the edge of the wheelwells, enhancing the taut, athletic stance, while the
standard 7-spoke chromed aluminum-alloy wheels and chrome wheel lip moldings ' connected visually by the standard body side cladding and running boards ' complement the QX56's
sophisticated luxury imagery.
In the rear, Infiniti-style LED tail and brake lights provide additional visual distinction. A distinctive power-operated liftgate with opening rear glass and a large
bumper with integrated towing hardware complete the rear exterior appearance.
The exterior design also offers a long list of additional features, including chrome front door handles, dual power-adjustable heated chrome side mirrors with puddle
lamps, privacy glass for the 2nd and 3rd rows and power-operated flip-out rear quarter windows. Also offered as standard equipment is a Rear Proximity Sensor (back-up
obstacle warning system) in the rear bumper.
Standard for 2005, the Infiniti RearView monitor system, like that offered with the flagship Q45 sedan, utilizes a small CCD camera discretely located in the rear license
plate finisher to provide a picture of what is behind the vehicle (projected on the QX56's standard navigation system LCD monitor).
Seven exterior colors are offered for the QX56: Tuscan Pearl (white), Liquid Onyx (black), Silver Indulgence (silver), Silver Graphite (dark silver), Cobalt Blue (blue),
Kashmir (gold) and Jade (light green).
An Interior That's All Infiniti
The QX56's opulent interior parallels Infiniti cars. Taking advantage of its long 123.2-inch wheelbase and manageable 206.9-inch overall length, the QX56's designers
filled the SUV's spacious interior with a high level of roominess, comfort and convenience features ' and one other thing, a distinctively luxurious atmosphere.
The interior starts with modern styling of the instrument panel, seats and storage areas and the use of first quality materials such as Sojourner' leather-appointed seating
surfaces and thick (16-oz.) Tuscano carpeting. Genuine Dark Macore or Blonde Apaya wood trim is used on the center console cover and steering wheel, with aluminum accents on
the steering wheel trim and instrument panel finisher.
The standard seating configuration includes fold-flat 2nd row captain's chairs with integrated armrests, removable 2nd row center console and fold-flat 3rd row bench seat. A
fold-flat 2nd row bench seat is also available, providing 8-passenger seating if desired.
The front seats feature 10-way power adjustment for the driver and 8-way power adjustment for the passenger, while both the front and 2nd row seats are heated. The front
passenger seat folds down and includes a recessed 'work area'. The QX56 also offers 2nd row legroom of 41.9 inches and large front center console storage capacity.
The 3rd row seating area, often overlooked in SUV design, treats passengers with the same high level of attention as those in the first two rows. The 3rd row seats are elevated
(higher than the 2nd row) to provide a better forward view and to help facilitate easier conversation with forward occupants. The seat's fold-flat design provides easy
operation and easy access, along with cargo hauling flexibility and spontaneity. In addition to ample headroom, the 3rd row provides passengers with individual side storage
bins and cupholders.
There is also ample storage space behind the 3rd row seat. With the 2nd and 3rd row seats folded down, the cargo area is nearly flat. Additionally, with the front passenger
seat in the fold-down position, it is possible to carry long items with the rear liftgate closed.
The QX56's instrument panel is highlighted by Fine Vision instrument illumination, signature Infiniti analog clock, dual-zone electronically controlled climate control and a
standard DVD-based navigation system with 7.0-inch LCD screen. A Bose' audio system with 10 speakers, AM/FM/6-CD autochanger and steering wheel mounted controls is standard
on every QX56. The system includes dual media capability, which allows the use of radio and CD at the same time (headphones must be used to listen to second audio source).
Adjustable brake and accelerator pedals with transmission interlock and memory function are standard, part of the Auto Driving Position memory system that includes memory for
pedals, outside mirrors and driver's seat.
The QX56's full-length overhead console features individual map lights and ventilation for each passenger. The optional DVD Family Entertainment System includes a
flip-down console-mounted monitor, as well as storage compartments for the system's two wireless headphones and remote controller.
Other standard interior features include four 12V power outlets, rear air conditioning with dual controls (front and rear), rear heater duct, driver and front passenger
one-touch auto up/down power windows; rear auto-down power windows, 12 cupholders and bottle holders (some with capability of holding up to 64 oz. bottles), standard
HomeLink Universal Transceiver and rear area ceiling/floor-mounted cargo tie-down points and cargo net. Two interior colors are available, Willow and Graphite.
Athletic Power and Handling
The QX56 blends responsive acceleration with agile handling through use of its leading edge engine and chassis design. The standard 5.6-liter DOHC V8 produces 315
horsepower at 4,900 RPM and 390 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 RPM through the use of advanced design features such as aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners, forged steel
crankshaft, microfinished crankshaft and camshafts, molybdenum-coated pistons, 6-bolt main bearing caps, single-stage timing chain and, for precise control, an
electronic "drive-by-wire" throttle.
The QX56's V8 is assembled at Nissan's advanced engine facility in Decherd, Tenn. Nearly 90 percent of the engine's impressive torque is available below 2,500 rpm where it's
needed for hauling, towing or slow-speed off-road driving.
Every QX56 also comes with a standard 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with tow/haul modes for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency.
The transmission is geared specifically for use in high torque situations and includes an advanced torque converter design for improved fuel economy and an advanced powertrain
management program for smooth shift quality.
A gated floor shifter provides enhanced shift control when towing. The transmission's tow/haul mode revises the shift pattern when towing and hauling. The QX56 has a
maximum towing capacity of 9,000 pounds for RWD and 8,900 pounds for AWD.
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Active Brake Limited-Slip (ABLS) (includes deactivation switch) is also offered as standard on every QX56.
The 2005 QX56 is available in two drive configurations rear-wheel drive and an all-wheel drive model featuring an all-wheel drive system with RWD/4H/4LO modes, electronically
controlled part-time transfer case with low gear. The two-speed electronic transfer case allows the driver to select between auto, full-time all-wheel drive and 4LO.
The QX56's AWD system is designed to instantly distribute torque to all four wheels whenever road conditions warrant (up to 50 percent can go to the front wheels on demand),
resulting in optimal traction. Under normal driving conditions, AWD QX56s operate in rear-wheel drive mode. All AWD QX56s include heavy-duty skid plates for the oil pan,
fuel tank and transfer case.
All QX56s are built on a durable fully boxed, high-strength steel F-Alpha frame and features standard Dana front and rear axles. The combination of comfortable ride
and responsive handling comes from the 4-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars.
An advanced rear auto-leveling air suspension is also standard on every QX56, helping provide better handling stability and ride comfort when towing or hauling cargo. The
air suspension also maintains uniform ground clearance and departure angle, even when towing or carrying cargo, by automatically adjusting the air pressure in the system's air
'The QX56's independent rear suspension benefits users in many ways ' optimizing ride and handling on rough roads, improving ride quality for occupants in the 2nd and
3rd row seats and maximizing rear interior space through its low-profile design,' said Igo. 'This is one more way that QX56 owners get the benefits of full-size SUV utility
without being penalized in the areas of ride comfort and handling.'
The 2005 QX56 also features standard engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, 4-wheel disc brakes with Bosch Anti-lock Braking
System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), 7-spoke 18x8J chromed aluminum-alloy wheels and 265/70R18 SUV tires and Tire Pressure Monitor
System (TPMS) with standard warning lamp (in gauge cluster) and warning display. A standard 28-gallon fuel tank provides an excellent driving range.
Optionally available is Infiniti's advanced Intelligent Cruise Control, which allows the QX56 driver to maintain an appropriate distance from the vehicle ahead. Using a
combination of laser sensors, throttle and brake actuators and the QX56's braking system, a laser signal measures the distance to the vehicle ahead, then automatically adjusts
the QX56's speed to maintain a pre-selected following distance. (The system is not intended for congested areas or city driving and will not brake to a complete stop.)
Advanced Safety Technology
The 2005 Infiniti QX56 offers an extensive list of standard safety features, including standard supplemental curtain air bags for side impact and rollover to all three
rows, side-impact supplemental air bags (front seat-mounted) and an Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front
passenger occupant classification sensor.
The QX56 design also includes Zone Body construction with front and rear crushable zones, 3-point front seat belts with dual pretensioners and load limiters, 3-point seat
belts for all rear seat occupants (including center position) and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system.
Everything You Want in One Fully Equipped Model
The QX56 full-size luxury SUV is designed to take the complexity out of the buying decision. The QX56 comes in one model, in a choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Standard equipment includes the 5.6-liter V8, 5-speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel independent suspension with auto-leveling rear, leather-appointed seating, advanced Bose
audio system, navigation system, RearView monitor and much