The hottest news of the day is the governmental suspension of Blackberry services in the UAE by October 11, officially “due to security concerns” but more due to the fact that “The Man” cannot snoop on your dirty emails. The shocking news (to BB users only) pretty much overshadows the fact that the 2011 Infiniti QX56 has been launched in the GCC. That’s the news we hear from our journalist friends who frolicked at the launch party last week, in Lebanon of all places.
Introduced alongside the all-new Infiniti M37 and M56 models at the event, the 2011 Infiniti QX is powered by the same 400 hp 5.6-litre V8 that powers the 2010 Nissan Patrol. The QX also shares the body-on-frame platform, suspension, general body parts, tech features and most of its interior bits with the Patrol, so we are still uncertain about how exactly the QX is different from the Patrol, beyond the front end and minor trim bits. There is some mention of semi-aniline leather and lane-departure warning systems that may or may not be unique to the Infiniti version.
The 2011 Infiniti QX will be priced at Dhs 290,000 for the base model and Dhs 310,000 for the top version in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, so it is expectedly just above the 400 hp Patrol in pricing.
Keep track of UAE prices and GCC specs in the soon-to-be-updated Infiniti QX56 buyer guide.