Infiniti claims the QX60 Hybrid, the second variant of the firm’s most popular crossover, is capable of achieving the equivalent of 31.2mpg on the US combined cycle (37.5mpg UK). That represents a 24 per cent improvement over the 3.5-litre V6 non-hybrid model.
The Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-litre supercharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a 15kW motor, which draws its power from a lithium ion battery. Combined power is rated at 250bhp and 243lb ft, slightly less than that offered by the non-hybrid V6.
Infiniti says the hybrid powertrain is positioned to retain the car’s flat rear floor, resulting in no reduction in interior space.
The engine and motor is mated to a CVT gearbox. The Hybrid is offered with front-wheel drive or intelligent all-wheel drive.
In reference to the car’s appeal in the North American snow belt, the QX60 Hybrid has a drive mode selector which features standard, sport and eco modes, as well as a snow-specific function.
Infiniti's President, Johan de Nysschen, said "We have clarified our brand and product vision as an aspirational, global provider of premium design and craftsmanship, relevant performance, innovative technology and Japanese hospitality."