2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

At Grubbs Infiniti, we’ve been “Going Green” for years with personal initiatives to reduce waste and energy consumption by recycling, going paperless, ride-sharing and more.  It’s great to see Infiniti is committed to that same goal by creating a luxury seven-passenger vehicle that’s a hybrid.

Here is what the New York Times says about the 2014 Infiniti QX60.

What is it? The hybrid version of Infiniti’s seven-passenger luxury crossover, the QX60 (formerly JX).

Is it real? Really, really stylish and really economical.

What they said: “The QX60 Hybrid offers best in class fuel economy without compromise of performance, in a full-featured seven-passenger, three-row luxury crossover,” said Johan de Nysschen, Infiniti’s president. “It provides reduced emissions, enhanced fuel economy and extended driving range of more than 500 miles – without a major price premium.”

What they didn’t 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 QX60’s 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.

How’s it look? If you liked the look of the gas-powered QX60, you’ll like the hybrid. In fact, you probably won’t be able to tell them apart.