Styling: Not a Sight for Sore Eyes
When it was unveiled at the 2010 New York auto show, the Infiniti QX56 was criticized by many members of the media for its bulbous sheetmetal; its huge grille; and especially for its oversized front-fender portholes, only one of which is even functional. The QX also is incongruous with the rest of Infiniti's lineup, especially the handsome FX crossover. From the grille, which is twice as tall as the low-set headlights, making the QX look like a beluga whale; to the side profile, with rear quarter-panel sheetmetal that undulates excessively and inexplicably and doesn't relate to the front quarter-panel; to the rear hatch, with its characterless, amorphous-blob taillights and oversized license plate surround and bumper, the QX56 lacks proportion and is far from pretty.
The LX570 does a better job of hewing to its family design theme, the Lexus "L-Finesse" design language. Too bad it doesn't translate well on this scale. The body, inherited from its Toyota Land Cruiser cousin, does not translate well into flowing curves, and the overall mass of the LX means that design cues have been stretched to their max. The trapezoidal headlights and grille from the Lexus LS460 sedan have ballooned to give the full-size sport-utility the face of a very large guppy and are trimmed in copious amounts of blinding chrome. The remainder of the LX is a box -- upright and square, with little visual interest. Even the wheel wells are squared off. Whereas there is a lot going on with the Infiniti QX56's design, there is very little going on with the Lexus LX570. Sadly, this is not a case of "less is more."