|What is it? The hybrid version of Infinitiís seven-passenger luxury crossover, the QX60 (formerly JX).
Is it real? Really, really stylish and really economical.
What they said: ďThe QX60 Hybrid offers best in class fuel economy without compromise of performance, in a full-featured seven-passenger, three-row luxury crossover,Ē said Johan de Nysschen, Infinitiís president. ďIt provides reduced emissions, enhanced fuel economy and extended driving range of more than 500 miles Ė without a major price premium.Ē
What they didnít say: With this hybrid, Infiniti may have turned over a new ace in its poker game with the likes of the Acura MDX and the Lincoln MKT. Call, raise or fold, pardners.
What makes it tick? Instead of the standard QX60ís 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the hybrid is equipped with a supercharged 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder and an electric motor powered by a compact lithium-ion battery pack (under the third-row seat) good for 250 horsepower. The system uses a continuously variable transmission. It is available in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is estimated at 26 m.p.g. combined, about 24 percent better than the gas-powered QX60.
How much? How soon? Expect about a $3,000 price bump over the $43,000-ish sticker price of nonhybrid QX60s. It arrives this summer.
Howís it look? If you liked the look of the gas-powered QX60, youíll like the hybrid. In fact, you probably wonít be able to tell them apart.