Infiniti QX4

From Infiniti press: The all-new QX4 offers a unique combination of style, strength and advanced engineering, including the exceptional performance of its advanced All-Mode 4WD™ system, at a price targeted at under $40,000.

And, as befitting an Infiniti, the QX4 comes fully equipped with leather-appointed interior, Bose® audio system, wood-tone trim and other luxury accoutrements, as well as 16-inch alloy wheels, integrated side step rails, V6 engine, ABS, dual air bags and the unmatched level of customer service and support known as The Total Ownership Experience®.

The QX4 is powered by a 3.3-liter SOHC 12-valve V6 engine that produces 168 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and 196 ft-lbs of torque at 2,800 rpm. Over 90 percent of the engine's torque is available in the 1,500 - 1,800 rpm range -- providing exceptional power for low speed off-road driving and maintained power at higher engine speeds for throttle response while accelerating, towing or cruising over long distances.

The QX4's engine utilizes the SOFIS (Sophisticated Optimized Fuel Injection System). This sequential multi-point fuel injection system optimizes the air/fuel mixture under all driving conditions by sensing and correcting fuel flow delays inside the intake ports. The result is better fuel economy, more power and lower emissions output than that of comparable engines equipped with conventional fuel injection systems.

To provide a stable platform, reduced noise and vibration, improved ride and handling and improved body fit, the QX4 is built with rigid MonoFrame construction. This technique reduces weight and improves space efficiency while also being considerably more resistant to torsional and bending stresses than conventional body-on-frame SUV designs.

The QX4's advanced suspension offers the best of both on-road comfort and off-road durability. The front independent strut design provides exceptional driving feel and stability, along with a tight turning radius (important for both parking and off-road trail running) and a long stroke for exceptional suspension travel -- which helps each wheel maintain contact with the ground over uneven terrain (which in turn minimizes wheel spin and enhances stability and traction).

Infiniti QX4