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Infiniti Begins Production of QX56 Full-Size Luxury SUV In Mississippi- Story includes Specs and Details

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CANTON, Miss.--Jan. 2, 20041, 2004--The first Infiniti QX56 full-size, luxury sport utility vehicle rolled off the assembly line last night, becoming the brand's first U.S.-built product. The QX56 is the fourth vehicle to go into production here at Nissan North America's assembly plant in just eight months, an unprecedented schedule by any automaker.

"I'm proud of this Canton team, which took on the big challenge of manufacturing and launching so many new vehicles in a timeframe never before attempted in the automotive industry," said Dave Boyer, vice president for manufacturing in Canton. "I can't think of a more appropriate vehicle to complete the introduction of our large products than the Infiniti QX56. I believe consumers are really going to like the details they're going to find in this full-size, luxury SUV."

The QX56 is built with special care and procedures, ensuring it continues Infiniti's award-winning quality reputation. Employees from plants that have built previous Infiniti vehicles have worked in Canton preparing for the QX56 launch, and Infiniti-specific equipment on the assembly line and special steps in the manufacturing process help ensure the highest possible fit and finish. Every QX56 receives a double application of clearcoat paint, and after final assembly, vehicles are sent to a dedicated facility where they are inspected by specially trained, Infiniti-specific technicians. Finally, each QX56 is driven on a 15-mile course to determine if any adjustments are needed before shipment to the dealer.

The QX56 comes on the heels of three successful launches at the Canton plant since its original "Job One" this past May. To bring incremental sales growth in market segments where Nissan or Infiniti had not previously competed, vehicles produced by the Canton plant are significantly expanding the lineup of both brands' products.

Like the rest of the Infiniti line, the QX56 offers a unique blend of luxury and performance. With a standard navigation system, Sojourner leather-appointed seating, real Dark Apaya or Blonde Macore wood interior accents, Fine Vision electronic analog instrumentation, and Infiniti's signature oval analog clock, it offers luxury on a grand scale for up to eight occupants. And with its powerful, Tennessee-built 5.6-liter, 315-horsepower V8, 5-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels and tires, and 4-wheel independent suspension system, the QX56 is equipped for a spirited driving experience.

"The new QX56 offers a new level of style, performance, luxury and full-size capability," said Mark Igo, vice president and general manager, Infiniti. "We appreciate the dedicated efforts of the men and women of our manufacturing and engineering operations who have worked tirelessly to bring the QX56 to market on schedule, and with all the quality expected of the Infiniti brand."

Pricing for the QX56 will be announced prior to its arrival at Infiniti dealerships across the country, which is anticipated to be in early March.

Nissan's Canton plant, which has the capacity to build up to 400,000 vehicles per year, is a $1.43 billion, 3.5 million square foot facility situated on approximately 1,400 acres about 15 miles north of Jackson, Miss. Its next product, to be launched later this year, will be the Nissan Altima mid-size sedan, which is also produced at Nissan's award-winning Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plant.

Nissan has invested about $4 billion into its three U.S. manufacturing facilities. In addition to Canton, the Smyrna plant builds the Maxima sports sedan, Xterra compact SUV, Frontier compact trucks as well as the Altima. In Decherd, Tenn., Nissan builds engines for all U.S.-produced Nissan and Infiniti vehicles and assembles transaxles.

In North America, Nissan North America's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. More information on NNA and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles -- as well as Infiniti's Total Ownership Experience (TOE) philosophy -- can be found online at or by contacting the NNA's corporate media line at 310-771-5631.

2004 Infiniti QX56

The all-new Infiniti QX56 full-size, luxury sport utility vehicle joins the growing lineup of powerful rear-wheel and all-wheel drive Infiniti vehicles in the spring of 2004. It becomes the fourth V8-powered Infiniti and the third to feature all-wheel drive. It will also be the first Infiniti model assembled in North America.

The new QX56 is designed to provide luxury on a grand scale, with eight-passenger seating (seven-passenger with 2nd row captain’s chairs), standard features such as leather-appointed seating and navigation system, advanced technology and a powerful V8 engine and an independent rear suspension (IRS) with load leveling – which contributes to the QX56's comfortable, composed ride quality.

Every QX56 comes equipped with a standard 5.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 engine, producing 315 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, mated to a refined 5-speed automatic transmission. All QX56 all-wheel drive models feature an advanced, All-Mode full-time design with infinitely variable torque split (maximum 50:50 front/rear).

The new Infiniti QX56 also offers bold, advanced exterior and interior styling, with a large, Infiniti-style grille, xenon headlamps and LED taillight treatment, along with a sophisticated and refined look and feel inside. The QX56 provides outstanding second row roominess, fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seating, Sojourner® leather-appointed seating and a full-length overhead console with available DVD entertainment system.

The new QX56's advanced safety technology features include standard supplemental curtain air bags for side-impact and rollover protection for all three rows, Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), side-impact supplemental air bags (front seat mounted) and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system with Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS).

Highlights of the 2004 Infiniti QX56 premium luxury full-size SUV include:


  • Progressive, sophisticated body design with chrome "waterfall" style grille, elegant chrome 7-spoke wheels, unique roof rack finish, body side cladding and integrated towing hardware
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights; LED tail and brake lights; integrated halogen fog lamps (in front fascia)
  • Long wheelbase (123.2 inches) and a highly manageable overall length (206.9 inches)
  • Chrome front door handles (body color on rear), chrome body side moldings
  • Dual, power-adjustable heated chrome side mirrors with puddle lamps and two-position memory system
  • Standard roof rack and running boards
  • Power-operated flip-out rear quarter windows
  • Power-operated rear liftgate with opening rear glass
  • Skid plates for oil pan, transfer case and fuel tank (on AWD models)

Engine and Driveline

  • Standard 5.6-liter DOHC V8 producing 315 horsepower at 4,900 RPM and 390 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 RPM
  • Aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners, forged steel crankshaft, microfinished crankshaft and camshafts, molybdenum-coated pistons, 6-bolt main bearing caps, single-stage timing chain
  • Standard 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with tow/haul modes for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency, gated floor shifter for enhanced shift control when towing
  • Fully boxed, high-strength steel frame
  • Full-time all-wheel drive system with RWD/4H/4LO modes, electronically controlled part-time transfer case, 4LO gear (AWD model)
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Brake Activated Limited-Slip Traction Control (includes deactivation switch)
  • 8,900-pounds towing capacity (when properly equipped)
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) with warning display

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Double-wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Independent double-wishbone rear suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Standard rear auto-leveling (air leveling) suspension
  • Engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering
  • 7-spoke 18x8J chromed aluminum-alloy wheels and 265/70R18 SUV tires
  • 4-wheel disc brakes with Bosch Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)

Interior Features

  • Modern interior styling with versatile, luxurious design features
  • Standard fold-flat 2nd row captain’s chairs with integrated armrests, removable 2nd row center console, fold-flat 3rd row bench seat; available fold-flat 2nd row bench seat
  • Front and 2nd row heated seats
  • Standard Sojourner® leather-appointed seating surfaces, thick (16-oz.) Tuscano carpeting
  • 2nd row legroom of 41.9 inches
  • Two 12V power outlets on console, one behind center console, one in rear cargo area (four total in vehicle)
  • Wood and aluminum steering wheel trim, aluminum instrument panel finisher, Dark Macore or Blonde Apaya real wood trim
  • Fine Vision instrument illumination and signature Infiniti analog clock
  • Dual-zone electronically controlled climate control
  • Rear air conditioning with dual controls (front and rear), rear heater duct
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, 8-way power front passenger seat
  • Auto Driving Position memory system for pedals, outside mirrors and driver's seat
  • Standard DVD-based Infiniti Navigation System with 7.0-inch LCD screen
  • Full-length overhead console with dense lights for each passenger
  • Fold-down front passenger seat featuring cup holders and recessed “work area”

  • 12 cupholders and bottle holders, some with capability of holding up to 64 oz. bottles
  • Available DVD Family Entertainment System with two wireless headphones and remote control
  • Bose® audio system with 10 speakers, AM/FM/6-CD autochanger, steering wheel mounted controls and dual media capability
  • Standard adjustable brake and accelerator pedals with transmission interlock and memory function
  • HomeLink® Universal Transceiver
  • Available Intelligent Cruise Control and RearView Monitor (option package)

Safety and Security

  • Standard supplemental curtain air bags for side impact and rollover protection for all three rows
  • Standard side-impact supplemental air bags (front seat mounted)
  • 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 crushable zones
  • 3-point front seat belts with 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
  • Rear Proximity Sensor (reverse sonar)

Models and Manufacturing

  • Available in one fully equipped model in choice of rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations
  • Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Canton Mississippi Plant
2004 Infiniti QX56 Key Dimensions and Specifications



ZH-2 (VK56DE)



Cylinders / configuration


Block / head composition

Aluminum / aluminum


5.6 liters


315 @ 4,900 rpm


390 @ 3,600 rpm

Bore x stroke (mm)

98 x 92

Compression ratio (:1)


Induction system

Naturally aspirated


DOHC 32 Valve: silent chain, single stage


Standard (no fluid-filled)

Recommended fuel

Premium unleaded

Emissions certification level

Tier2-Bin8Z (EPA) / LEV1-ULEV (Cal)


Single exit/ main and secondary mufflers






Drive configuration


Transmission type

Automatic; 5-speed with overdrive

Automatic transmission oil cooler


Gear ratios ( :1)



1st 3.827 3.827
2nd 2.368 2.368
3rd 1.520 1.520
4th 1.000 1.000
5th 0.834 0.834
reverse 2.613 2.613
Final drive ratio ( :1)


Transfer case/ crawl ratios


3.357 3.357

AWD high

- 1.000

AWD low

- 2.596

Crawl ratio: 1st

11.240 12.85/33.35

Crawl ratio: 2nd

6.955 7.95/20.64

Crawl ratio: reverse

2.04 2.33/6.05






Front suspension

Double wishbone

Front stabilizer bar


Rear suspension

Double wishbone independent

Rear stabilizer bar


Auto leveling rear suspension


Steering type


Power assisted

Engine speed-sensitive

Steering ratio (:1)


Turns (lock-to-lock)


Turning diameter (curb-to-curb)

41 ft

Body type

Body on frame (ladder-type)

Primary materials

Corrosion resistant and high-strength steel

Skid plates             Transfer case  
                            Oil pan 
                            Fuel tank

S (n/a on RWD)
S (n/a on RWD)
S (n/a on RWD)




Front:  Vented disc  320mm x 26mm


Rear:  Vented disc  320mm x 14mm
4-wheel disc brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Brake Assist (BA)
Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)




Electronic ignition system



5-speed automatic with gated shifter

Starter rating          12 volt
110 amp alternator
Battery - 710 Cold-Cranking Amps (CCA)
Trailer towing:   
7-pin trailer harness  plug 
7-pin trailer harness plug with  connector








18-inch x 8.0J chromium aluminum-alloy wheels (7-spoke )


265/70R 18 BSW Conti-Trac SUV tires


Conventional spare tire and matching wheel

Location:   behind rear axle

Tire Pressure Monitor System
         with warning lamp in Navi display




Body color front and rear bumpers, center section and rear door handles






Chrome body side moldings, grille and front door handles
Headlights                   Xenon HID
                                 Automatic on/off
Fog lights
Glass   Windshield
          Driver and front passenger window
                     Rear door glass
                     Rear quarter windows
                     Rear Liftgate

Privacy glass
Privacy glass
Privacy glass

Wipers          Front windshield
                     Rear liftgate

Speed sensitive variable intermittent
Intermittent with washer

Front power tilt/slide glass sunroof
Roof rack (body color) Side rails
Cross bars

Fixed front and adjustable rear crossbar





10-way power driver's seat





8-way power passenger's seat
Heated front seats
Heated 2nd row seats
Driver and passenger head restraints
Fold flat passenger, 2nd and 3rd row seats
Driver and passenger seat back pockets
Tip-up device for 3rd row ingress/egree
   4 on front center console
   2 on 2nd row center console
   2 on luggage trim
12V power points
   2 I/P mounted
   1 in rear of front center console
   1 on luggage trim panel
Steering wheel
   3-spoke leather/wood with cruise control and 
   audio switches with power tilt



Bose AM/FM/CD6, 265-watt, 10-speaker, including subwoofer: dual media





DVD Navigation system
Rear audio controls 
Steering wheel controls:              AUDIO
Antenna         In-glass audio antenna
                     In-glass diversity antenna
DVD Entertainment system with 1 display screen in overhead console, 2 sets of wireless headphones, video port on DVD unit in console






Engine temperature
Oil pressure
Tire pressure warning
Tire pressure display in Navi screen
Intelligent Cruise Control






Cruise control with steering wheel mounted switches





Driver/front passenger-side one-touch auto-up/down power windows with safety reverse feature
LH & RH power rear windows with one-touch auto-up/down with safety reverse feature
Power rear vent windows
Power adjustable foot pedals with memory
Power door locks with illuminated switches, with anti-lockout feature
Power operated rear liftgate
Remote keyless entry
Overhead console - 
 - without sunroof - map lamps, sunglasses holder and storage bins
- with sunroof - map lamps and sunglasses holder
RearView mirror - auto day/night with UGDO mirror
Air conditioning with 3-zone temperature control (front row dual zone automatic, 2nd row manual)
Intelligent Cruise Control






Air bags (SRS)
Driver - with Advanced Air Bag System (AABS)


Passenger - with Advanced Air Bag System (AABS)
Driver and passenger front-seat side air bags
Curtain air bags for side impact and rollover protection including 1st, 2nd, 3rd row coverage
Front row - 3-point with ELR with pretensioners and load limiters
2nd row -  3-point RH, LH, CTR* with A/ELR
3rd row - 3-point for RH, LH, CTR with A/ELR
LATCH and upper tether anchor for 2nd & 3rd row outer positions
Child safety rear door locks
Power window lockout button (driver switch)
Infiniti Vehicle Immobilizer System
Vehicle Security System
Steering column lock
Energy-absorbing steering column
Front and rear crumple zone body
Hood buckling creases
Knee bolsters
Body side reinforcements
Shift interlock system
*Center position included with optional 2nd row bench seat





Wheelbase 123.2
Overall length 206.9
Overall width 78.8
Overall height with roof rack



Front track width


Rear track width


Angle of approach (degrees)  with aero spoiler


Angle of departure (degrees) with tow hitch 21.6 22.5
Ground clearance with front cover 10.03 10.77
Step in height - 1st row 21.1 21.9
Step in height  - 2nd row







First row
     Head room 41.0
     Head room with sunroof 39.7
     Shoulder room 65.1
     Hip room 61.3
     Leg room 41.8
Second row
     Head room 40.0
     Shoulder room 64.5
     Hip room 60.1
     Leg room 41.9
Third row
    Head room 35.9
    Shoulder room 63.7
    Hip room 48.8
    Leg room 32.2





Curb weight (lbs) 5,360 5,631
Weight distribution TBD



Seating capacity 7 - with 2nd row captain chairs
8 - with 2nd row bench seat package
Interior volume 188.4
Cargo volume 61.2
Fuel tank (gals.) 28.0
Engine oil (qts.) 7.0
Engine coolant (qts.) 12.8
Maximum towing capacity (lbs.) 8,900
Tongue 890


(actual mileage may vary)

City 13 13
Highway 19 18
EPA Classification






2nd Row Split Bench Seat: includes split bench 2nd row seat










Infiniti DVD Mobile Entertainment System: DVD entertainment system, video port (center console), 2 wireless headphones, DVD changer
Power Sunroof: power sunroof with tilt and slide options
Smart Vision: RearView monitor and adaptive cruise control