Taking a page out of Christopher Nolan’s book, Infiniti’s new naming system is more confusing than the seventh layer of Inception. The QX60, or JX in old money, was revealed today at the New York International Auto Show in hybrid form, boasting a 24 percent increase in efficiency, but sadly no increase in lust.
At an estimated 26 mpg combined, that doesn’t seem anything for a hybrid to brag about. But given the non-hybrid version clocked in around 21 mpg, a $3,000 premium for five mpg doesn’t seem too bad. The QX60 Hybrid comes with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. In place of its standard 3.5-liter V-6 is a supercharged 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder meshed with a 15kW electric motor. Don’t be fooled by the word “supercharged,” however, as the combined horsepower of the QX60 Hybrid nets an average 250 hp and 243 lb. ft. of torque. This concoction mates to a CVT (continuously variable transmission), which, despite being of upmost importance to Nissan’s brand, surely doesn’t fit on its luxury division. It does, however, make more sense on a hybrid car to garner every mpg possible.
Aesthetically, the QX60 Hybrid lacks personality. Despite offering some sleek lines and purposeful edges, it doesn’t resonate luxury like the Infiniti brand should. And with a loaded version conceivably costing in the upper $50,000 range, that could potentially be a problem.