infiniti qx60 hybrid

The hybrid version of the Infiniti QX60 (née Infiniti JX), is scheduled to make its debut at the New York International Auto Show at the end of the month.

The seven-seater luxury crossover will use Nissan’s new hybrid powertrain – involving a supercharged 2.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and a CVT. Combined output is said to be around 250 hp.

Because the system’s lithium-ion battery is located under the third row seats, Infiniti says cabin and cargo space will not differ from the non-hybrid QX60.

The Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is claimed to be capable of returning 9.1 litres per 100 km on the combined cycle – that’s 24% more efficient than the regular V6-engined car. A price difference of around US$3k (RM9.3k) is projected between the two.

FWD and AWD versions will be available, as well as a host of tech including regenerative braking, Back-Up Collision Intervention and Around View Monitor.

Note that this is not to be confused with the full-size Infiniti QX (which will become the QX80 by decree of the new naming scheme). Infiniti’s crossover models are now named as follows, in ascending order of position in the range: QX50, QX60, QX70 and QX80 (previously EX, JX, FX and QX).

This will be Infiniti’s third hybrid model, after the Q70 Hybrid and Q50 Hybrid (previously M35h and G sedan). 15 new hybrids by 2016? You’d better believe it.