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At a Glance: 2008 INFINITI QX56

The 2008 model year marks a redesign for the popular, full-size INFINITI QX56 sport utility vehicle, with new exterior features, interior enhancements and new technology. The myriad changes to the new QX56, which goes on sale in spring 2007, are designed to enhance the traditional virtues of the QX – which consumers voted as top in its class in the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.

The 2008 QX56 features new front and rear fascias, new front fog lights, a revised one-piece roof rack design and new standard 20x8J-inch chromed aluminum-alloy wheels and heavy-duty P275/60R20 Michelin tires. Two new exterior colors, Lakeshore Slate and Serengeti Sand, are also offered.

Inside, the new QX56 adds a power-folding 3rd row 60/40 split seat, new illuminated steering wheel controls, new designs and colors for the instrument cluster, a lockable glove box, a new Stone interior color (in addition to Wheat and Charcoal) and new wood grain interior trim.

New standard equipment includes a Burr-Brown® audio system with 9.5-gigabyte Music Box hard drive and standard Intelligent Key. Now optional is a XM® NavTraffic™ system with real-time traffic information (requires active XM® satellite radio subscription), working in concert with the standard INFINITI Navigation System (hard drive-based) to display current traffic conditions, and a larger 8.0-inch screen for the optional INFINITI Mobile Entertainment System.

The QX56 retains its powerful, standard DOHC 5.6-liter V8 engine. The engine is rated at 320 horsepower and 393 lb-ft of torque – 90% of which is available at 2,500 RPM for maximum towing and hauling capability.

Interior roominess remains the same with class-leading 2nd row leg room and seating for up to eight. Maximum utility is provided with generous cargo and storage capacity.

Highlights of the 2008 INFINITI QX56 include:


  • New front full body-type fascia with new front halogen fog light design
  • New rear body-color fascia with revised shape
  • New one-piece roof rack design
  • Sophisticated body design with distinctive chrome "waterfall" style grille
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights, INFINITI-style LED tail and brake lights
  • Long wheelbase (123.2”) and a highly manageable overall length (206.9")
  • Standard power folding sideview mirrors with heat, electrochromatic auto-dimming, power adjust and integrated turn signal
  • Integrated body side cladding, standard INFINITI-style running boards
  • Power-operated flip-out rear quarter windows
  • Standard power-operated rear liftgate with opening rear glass
  • Skid plates for oil pan, transfer case and fuel tank (on 4WD models)
  • Standard front and rear sonar system with RearView Monitor
  • New exterior colors – Lakeshore Slate and Serengeti Sand

Engine and Driveline

  • Enhanced 5.6-liter DOHC V8 producing 320 horsepower at 5,200 RPM and 393 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 RPM
  • Aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners, forged steel crankshaft, molybdenum-coated pistons, 6-bolt main bearing caps, single-stage timing chain
  • Standard 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with tow/haul modes, gated floor shifter for enhanced shift control when towing
  • Fully boxed, high-strength steel F-Alpha frame
  • INFINITI All-Mode 4WD system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes, electronically controlled part-time transfer case (4WD models)
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Active Brake Limited-Slip and Traction Control System (includes deactivation switch)
  • Class-leading 8,900-pound maximum towing capacity on 4WD (9,000 pounds on 2WD) (when properly equipped)
  • Standard Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) with warning display

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Double-wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering
  • New standard 20x8J chromed aluminum-alloy wheels and heavy-duty P275/60R20 Michelin tires
  • 4-wheel disc brakes with Bosch Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)

Interior Features

  • All-new standard INFINITI Navigation System (hard drive-based) with 7.0-inch LCD screen
  • Optional XM® NavTraffic™ with real-time traffic information (requires active XM® satellite radio subscription)
  • New standard Burr-Brown® audio system with 9.5-gigabyte Music Box hard drive, AM/FM/CD capability and steering wheel audio controls and XM® satellite radio
  • New power 60/40 split 3rd row bench seat
  • New 8-inch screen (up from 7-inches) with available INFINITI Mobile Entertainment System with wireless headphones and remote-control
  • Leather, wood and aluminum steering wheel trim, new wood grain real wood trim
  • New standard heated steering wheel (4WD only)
  • Standard Intelligent Key
  • Steering wheel illuminated controls
  • New lockable glove compartment
  • Revised Fine Vision Meters
  • Signature INFINITI analog clock
  • Standard fold-flat 2nd row captain’s chairs with integrated armrest, available fold-flat 2nd row bench seat
  • Front and 2nd row heated seats
  • Standard Sojourner® leather-appointed seating surfaces, thick Tuscano carpeting
  • Dual-zone electronically controlled climate control
  • Rear air conditioning with dual controls (front and rear), rear heater duct
  • 10-way power adjustable drivers seat, 8-way power front passenger seat
  • Standard Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System
  • Full-length overhead console with lights for each passenger
  • Fold-down front passenger seat featuring cup holders
  • Available Intelligent Cruise Control
  • New interior color – Stone

Safety and Security

  • Standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for outboard occupant head protection for all three rows
  • Standard front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front passenger occupant classification sensor
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones and steel side-door guard beams
  • 3-point front seat belts with dual pretensioners and load limiters
  • 3-point seat belts for all rear seat occupants, including center position
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system
  • Front seat Active Head Restraints

Models and Manufacturing

  • Available in one fully equipped model with choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configurations
  • Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Canton, Mississippi Plant



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