NEW YORK -- Infiniti will hold the sticker price and raise destination charges by $85 when the restyled and re-engineered 2011QX56 shifts from a U.S.-built to imported SUV this summer.
“We showed this to dealers last night,” said Ben Poore, vice president of the Infiniti Business Unit at Nissan North America Inc. “They asked, ‘How much are you going to take it up in price?' I said: ‘Is flat OK?' ”
The two-wheel-drive QX56 will carry a $56,700 sticker price plus a $950 destination charge, up from $865. The four-wheel-drive model will list at $59,800, before the increased freight fee.
Both models have additional standard equipment, such as an upgraded Bose audio system and automatic temperature control.
Nissan re-engineered the QX56's body-on-frame platform to create the 2011 QX56 and new Nissan Patrol. The new QX56 will be assembled in Japan; the current generation has been built in Canton, Miss.
The QX56 will be powered by a 400-hp, direct-injection, 5.6-liter V-8 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The 2010 model has a 320-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 and five-speed automatic.
Poore said the SUV is expected to get 20 mpg on the highway, up from 18 on the current model.
Other standard equipment includes 20-inch aluminum wheels, power sliding moonroof, power rear tailgate, streaming audio via Bluetooth and a navigation system with real-time XM traffic reports.
During the first two months of this year, U.S. sales of the QX56 tripled to 1,472. Last year, 6,640 were sold, down 16 percent from the previous year in an industry that fell 21 percent.
Rick Kranz contributed to this report.