Infiniti, the Japanese luxury automobile manufacturer seems to have been reinventing itself in recent times, in more ways than one. Their new QX60 Hybrid model, a crossover SUV promising oodles of style and comfort, is reflective of Infiniti’s objective to match up to international automobile trends and, boy, has it succeeded or what!
You may find the Infiniti QX60 Hybrid model almost exactly similar to an earlier model – Infiniti JX. This is because QX60 is in fact the same vehicle, which has been renamed as per the new rules of nomenclature that the manufacturer has recently adopted. The only significant difference between QX60 and JX is, as revealed at the 2013 New York Auto Show, that the latter has a hybrid driveline, which makes the vehicle sporty as well as fuel efficient.
Unlike the JX, which operated on a 3.5 liter V-6 engine and 265 horsepower, the QX60 line uses a supercharged 2.5 liter, four cylinder engine supported by a lithium ion battery powered 15kW motor. This mechanism produces joint output of 250 horsepower, 243 pound-feet of torque. As a result, while the JX delivers a fuel economy of 20 mpg, the new QX60 Hybrid promises an impressive 26 mpg. It has an Infiniti Drive Mode Selector Switch which allows for the throttle response and shift points to be adjusted by the driver in accordance with four preset models – Standard, Snow, Sport and Eco. Infiniti claims that it this model shall deliver the best fuel economy amongst all seven-passenger luxury crossovers available in the market today.
It is certainly the hybrid powertrain that has won the QX60 a great deal of attention and appreciation. However, it should the fact that like the JX, the QX60 is an extremely luxurious and sturdy vehicle. With its seven-passenger seating, long hood and low ceiling, this crossover is elegant and family-oriented, not as rugged and sports-oriented as earlier Infiniti SUV and crossover models. In terms of its interior design, the QX60 Hybrid is meant to provide its passengers with an uber-comfy and splendidly opulent experience. The third-row passage can be manipulated several ways and the crossover is equipped with several innovative aids to assist the driver. These include an excellent Around View Monitor, an optional Backup Collision Safety Camera, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Brake Assistance and a most unique Blind-Spot Detection System.
Interestingly, when the QX60 was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show, few had been expecting such radical changes in the old model’s internal technology. Since this revelation, there has been much anticipation concerning its release. Though Infiniti has not announced any official release date, they have declared that it shall hit the roads “this summer”. The Hybrid Crossover is expected to be priced roughly $3,000 over the original JX model whose base model cost about $42, 245. As and when this vehicle is released for sale, it is expected that many automobile enthusiasts with large families and/or a penchant for luxury shall rush to their nearest car dealers to buy the same.