Infiniti announced today that a new gasoline electric hybrid model will join the 2014 Infiniti QX60 crossover lineup in the United States this summer.
Infiniti will hold the vehicle’s world debut at the upcoming New York International Auto Show held at the end of March.
With the addition of the new QX60 Hybrid to the Q70 Hybrid (currently available as the M Hybrid) and previously announced Q50 Hybrid, Infiniti will have a trio of Direct Response Hybrids for the 2014 model year.
The new Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is projected to realize 26 miles per gallon fuel economy (combined city/highway driving) – a 24 percent increase over non-hybrid QX60 models and Infiniti said it is projected to have best 7-passenger fuel efficiency in the segment.
According to company executives, it does so with absolutely no compromise of performance, interior roominess or cargo space compared to non-hybrid QX60 models.
The new Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is projected to be priced about $3,000 above the non-hybrid models.
Launched in early 2012 as the Infiniti JX35, the Infiniti QX60 is one of Infiniti’s best-selling models, second only to the current Infiniti G line.
The new QX60 Hybrid will be powered by a 2.5-liter supercharged engine and 15 kilowatt electric motor connected to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). Net system horsepower is estimated at 250 horsepower.
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-liter V6 but with 4-cylinder fuel economy. A regenerative braking system partially recharges the battery during vehicle braking.
With 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 offer Infiniti’s range of available advanced technologies, such as Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) and Around View Monitor.
More information about the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid will be available following its official media unveiling on March 27.