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Infiniti QX60 Preview in New York

Is this a new Infiniti model? Actually, no. If you're familiar with the company's 2013 JX35 crossover, you will recognize the QX60. It's essentially the same vehicle with a new badge and a few subtle differences. The new badging system is part of Infiniti's new naming strategy- Q to designate sedans and coupes, and the Q designation for crossovers. At the New York International Auto Show, where the QX60 is on display until April 7, the company announced that a new hybrid version will be released this summer. Infiniti is actively building it's line-up of luxury hybrid vehicles, and the QX60 joins their 2014 Q70 hybrid (the M hybrid) and the already announced 2014 Q50.

Infiniti has announced that the QX60's fuel consumption is exceptional. Combined city/highway driving should reach 9.05 L/100 km, which represents gains of 24% when compared to the traditional gasoline powered model. This is also the most economical 7-seater model in it's class.

The Infiniti QX60 Hybrid draws it's power from a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine and 15 kW electric motor, accompanied by a continuously variable transmission (CVT); these mechanics managing to generate 250 horsepower. Just like in the M35h, Infiniti's hybrid system which is called Direct Response Hybrid, is powered by a lithium battery and electric motor. This extra power is produced by a single 15 kW electric motor and twin clutch system. The end result is power equal to that of a 3.5-litre V6 engine, but with the fuel economy of a four cylinder. Of course, as with all hybrids, the QX60 will have a smart regenerative braking system that recharges the battery with energy collected through braking.

In hybrid vehicles, the location of the battery is still a crucial part of maintaining good cargo space and smart load distribution. In the QX60 Hybrid, it's located under the third row of seats. The rear floor is kept flat to make access easier for rear passengers. Other advanced technologies such as the Backup Collision safety camera, Around View Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, blind spot detection system and Intelligent Brake Assist are all available on the 2014 Infinity QX60 as well.

By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca

Original text by Christian Gagnon - (L'Infiniti QX60 au Salon de New York)

 

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