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2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid to Debut at 2013 New York Auto Show

3/15/2013
In December 2012, Infiniti announced that it would rename all of its models ahead of a global expansion of the brand. All sedans are named "Q," while all SUVs are named "QX." In January 2013, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Infiniti unveiled the new 2014 Q50 sedan, which replaces the G37 sedan. Now, in advance of the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Infiniti has revealed the 2014 QX60, a midsize crossover SUV, formerly known as the JX35.

The new 2014 Infiniti QX60 is a 7-passenger, 3-row luxury crossover equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The big news from New York, however, will be the introduction of the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid model.

The new QX60 Hybrid's Direct Response Hybrid system will employ a supercharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, 15-kilowatt electric assist motor, compact Lithium-ion battery pack, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). An Intelligent Regenerative Braking system recharges the QX60 Hybrid's battery pack, which is located underneath the third-row seat and has no impact on cargo volume.

Combined, the drivetrain is estimated to deliver 250 horsepower--15 fewer ponies than the standard model's V-6 engine. Infiniti is projecting a combined fuel-economy rating of 26 mpg, compared with 21 mpg for the current JX35 model with front-wheel drive. The QX60 Hybrid will offer all-wheel drive as an option.

Aside from unique badges on the front fenders and subtle styling changes, the new 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid resembles other QX60 models. The image released by Infiniti shows the rear of the vehicle, and displays the SUV's re-shaped bumper, which is designed to improve aerodynamics.

Infiniti plans to charge a $3,000 premium for the QX60 Hybrid. If the combined fuel-economy estimates are accurate, drivers covering 12,000 miles per year may save nearly 110 gallons of premium fuel, or about $440 annually. That means the QX60 Hybrid's more expensive powertrain pays for itself in about 7 years.

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