Infiniti announced today a new hybrid model that will join the 2014 Infiniti QX60 premium crossover lineup in the United States this summer: the QX60 Hybrid. Set to make its official debut next month at the 2013 New York Auto Show, the new QX60 Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter supercharged engine and 15 kW electric motor connected to an advanced CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).
The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 250 hp. Moreover, the QX60 Hybrid uses a compact Lithium-ion battery and electric motor to provide supplementary power through its one-motor/two-clutch system.
As a result, the hybrid system delivers the power equivalent of the 3.5-liter 6 engine, but with 4-cylinder fuel economy. Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is projected to achieve a fuel economy of 26 mpg (combined city/highway driving), a 24 percent increase over non-hybrid QX60 models and is projected to have best 7-passenger fuel efficiency in the segment.
An Intelligent Regenerative Braking system is also available and this partially recharges the battery during vehicle braking. According to the official press release, the battery is located under the 3rd row seat, but the QX60 Hybrid maintains its flat rear floor for easier passenger access to the rear seats and no impact to cargo room.
Furthermore, the QX60 Hybrid will offer a wide range of available advanced technologies, such as Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) and Around View Monitor. Regarding the price tag, the QX60 Hybrid will be price about $3,000 USD above the non-hybrid models.
Thanks to its long wheelbase, short overhangs and a low roofline designed to not compromise interior headroom, the platform allows the new Infiniti XJ to offer a cabin space similar to that of a without having to be restricted in terms of exterior styling. In fact, the JX features an aerodynamically shaped body that boasts of a coefficient of drag of 0.34, which doesn’t only allow the vehicle to feature an emotional design but also improve its fuel economy. Interestingly, the new XJ boasts of zero front and rear aerodynamic lift, thanks to elements like a front underbody spoiler, rear tire deflectors and integrated rear spoiler.
Meanwhile, the exterior of the new XJ is marked by its double-wave bonnet, crescent-cut D-pillar, greenhouse design double-arch front grille as flanked by dramatically shaped High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights with manual levelizers. The exterior is also marked by fog lights, large taillights employing LED technology and power rear liftgate.
As penned, the new Infiniti JX brings forward the premium brand’s Infiniti design language. While it has adopted the signature design cues of the Infiniti Essence Concept, the XJ reinterprets these styling elements in a manner that would suit a family luxury crossover. As a result, the new XJ makes itself distinct, offering easy egress and ingress to practically all sections of the cabin, including the cargo area.