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2012 INFINITI QX Walk Around

The INFINITI QX56 exterior was a clean-sheet-of-paper redesign for 2011, and continues unchanged for 2012.

It looks far cleaner than any previous QX56 body, with a more rounded and unified appearance and fewer things that look added on, like squared-off fender flares and chrome strips. The entire nose has been rounded off and each element integrated into a unified whole that looks better and works better in the wind tunnel and on the showroom floor. The dipped rear roof section on pre-2011 models has been abandoned in favor of a flat roof, the pillars have been blacked out, and the door handles chromed and lined up. Twenty-inch wheels and tires fill the wheel wells, and 22-inchers are optional.

Interior

The INFINITI QX56 interior was completely redesigned for 2011.

Extra-thick seats provide exceptional comfort; and the instrument panel, center stack and console are designed to be both user-friendly and to look and feel upscale and luxurious. It seems like the entire cockpit has been built around the 8-inch central screen display, and the center console cascades down from it in a beautiful, organized fashion. The electroluminescent gauges are softly lit, easy to read, and housed in a swoopy escutcheon very much like the one in the new INFINITI M sedan, a piece that adds to the driving pleasure.

Huge second-row seats boast the longest legroom measurement in the class at 41 inches, and can be had with optional heaters. A unique feature of the QX56 interior is the remote-controlled second-row flip-fold seats, operated from the key fob, a feature that lets families load from back to front with a minimum of hassle with the seats.

The third-row seats also power-fold forward to increase the cargo area, and the third-row seats also recline up to 20 degrees.

The Around View monitoring system with front and rear sonar enables the driver to see all the way around the vehicle before moving off, to make sure that there are no people or objects in jeopardy, and that there is room to maneuver.

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