2014 Infiniti QX60 hybrid gets official in New York

Posted by Joel Arellano, EarthTechling

Infiniti, as previously discussed, introduced the hybrid trim of its QX crossover at this year’s New York Auto Show.

The 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is the latest hybrid vehicle to be added to Nissan’s luxury brand. It joins the Q50 Hybrid (formerly the Infiniti G) and the Q70 Hybrid (formerly the Infiniti M) sedans.

The QX60 Hybrid is powered by a a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a 15 kilowatt electric motor coupled to a Continuously Variable Transmission. Horsepower is an expected 250 ponies. The standard QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

Nissan again did not release full fuel-economy figures of the QX60 Hybrid at the show; guesstimate is still a 24 percent improvement over the standard non-hybrid model. The driving range of the full-size crossover is also guesstimated to be over 500 miles.

That’s considerably higher than the current 2013 Infiniti JX, which gets an EPA-estimated 369 miles per tank. JX35 models equipped with front-wheel drive get EPA-estimated 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. All-wheel drive models, on the other hand, get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Fuel economy figures of the standard Infiniti QX60 model are not expected to change or improve only slightly.

Full official pricing for the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid have also not been released. The automaker says the hybrid will carry a $3,000 premium over its non-hybrid siblings. Interestingly, Infiniti did release pricing details on the 2014 Q50.

Starting price for the sporty sedan begins at $36,450. This is $900 less than the beginning price of the 2013 Infiniti G. Could pricing of the 2014 Infiniti QX60 also drop when it goes on sale this summer? Note the above prices exclude the $905 destination and delivery fee.

* Joel Arellano, EarthTechling