The QX60 debuted at the New York International Auto Show. With the addition of the new QX60 Hybrid, Infiniti will have a trio of advanced “Direct Response Hybrids” for the 2014 model year.
The automaker says it expects the new model to realize 9.05 L/100km fuel economy (combined city/highway driving) – a 24 percent increase over non-hybrid QX60 models and is anticipated to have best seven-passenger fuel efficiency in the segment.
“Most significantly, it does so with absolutely no compromise of performance, interior roominess or cargo space compared to non-hybrid QX60 models,” the automaker boasts.
The new Infiniti QX60 Hybrid will provide reduced emissions, enhanced fuel economy and extended driving range.
The automaker says the QX60, launched in early 2012 as the Infiniti JX35, has quickly become one of the most popular vehicles in the expanding luxury crossover market.
“It is also one of Infiniti’s best-selling models and has grown Infiniti’s presence in the premium market by capturing family buyers with its advanced seven-passenger/three-row seating and stunning exterior and interior styling.”
The new QX60 Hybrid will be powered by a 2.5-litre supercharged engine and 15 kW electric motor connected to an advanced CVT.
Net system horsepower is estimated at 250 horsepower.
The automaker goes on to say that based on technology found in the Infiniti M35h Hybrid, the QX60 Hybrid’s Infiniti direct response hybrid system uses a compact Lithium-ion battery and electric motor to provide supplementary power through its one-motor/two-clutch system.
“The result is a delivery of power equivalent to the 3.5-litre V6 but with 4-cylinder fuel economy. An intelligent regenerative braking system partially recharges the battery during vehicle braking.
In addition, with use of the compact Li-ion battery located under the third row seat, the QX60 Hybrid maintains its flat rear floor for easier passenger access to the rear seats and no impact to cargo room.
The QX60 Hybrid will also offer a wide range of available advanced technologies, such as backup collision intervention and around view monitor.