Infiniti QX4 (1999)

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Infiniti QX4

1999 Infiniti QX4

By Tom Hagin

The QX4 came into the Nissan in 1997, a period of hard for the company, and it set the stage for a corporate For ’99 the QX4 comes in only one of trim.

OUTSIDE – QX4 has from its crude, boxy into a relatively roomy, semi-rugged SUV. When the new QX4 was introduced, it was a world apart its truck-like Nissan predecessor. quiet, controlled and carries distinctive QX4 features.

There’s lots of bodyside fender flares, side and a huge, gaping air inlet the two-slot grille. Also is its unique hood, rear bumpers and stylish 16-inch, alloy wheels. A set of oversize fog reside just under the lamps, which flank same wide-mouth air scoop.

All of add-on equipment is painted color, although strips of trim surround the windows and the roof rack.

INSIDE Inside the QX4, there’s of luxury equipment. Its leather-covered are soft and supportive, and three can squeeze into the back but just barely. The dashboard is yet luxurious and designed with in mind. As an example, the buttons for the system are neatly stacked the sound system controls, both units are easy to

An overhead console features items such as a compass, temperature gauge, map lights and a nook for sunglasses. Also in the driver’s side sunvisor are the universal transmitter buttons, can be programmed to activate a variety of home electronic devices. features include power door locks and outside cruise control, a Bode-brand and keyless entry.

Our tester came with the Package that adds a six-disc CD changer and a wind atop the rear hatch. a premium Sport Package heated front seats and a few mechanical items.

Infiniti QX4

ON THE ROAD QX4 is powered by the a 3.3 liter, single-overhead 12-valve V6 that produces 168 and 196 pound-feet of torque. And while its ratings are quite a bit less most of its competition, its high figure gives it good jump. After it winds to rpms, however, there is harshness and vibrations that their way into the cabin.

An electronic four-speed automatic is the sole gearbox available, and it smoothly and imperceptibly in most but sometimes has a tendency to hunt for on long, uphill grades. For traction, a very sophisticated drive system includes for two-wheel drive, Auto AWD and AWD. The difference is that 2WD and can be used on the street during driving.

The Auto setting is to take the guesswork out of whether or not 4WD is while locked AWD is for snow and and cannot be used on dry pavement. 4WD is available via a floor-mounted lever.

BEHIND THE WHEEL – the QX4 appeared, Nissan abandoned the truck-like, body-on-frame design in of more civilized unibody The resulting handling benefits far any off-road prowess that may been lost. Chassis became 2.9 times stronger in and lengthwise bending resistance is 2.3 greater than the conventional design.

Its on-road handling is good for a top-heavy 4X4, during emergency lane maneuvers, and the ride is smooth and much like a car. The is basic SUV: an independent suspension and a solid rear The rear, however, uses a system and coil springs to it secure and smooth riding.

Its power rack-and pinion is responsive, while front drum brakes with ABS stopping power.

SAFETY Dual dashboard airbags, door beams and ABS are standard.

– Sunroof Preferred (sunroof, six-disc CD changer, window deflector) $1,250; Sport Package (heated seats, heavy-duty battery, limited-slip differential) $700.

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