By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
Less than a year after introducing its seven-seat JX35 crossover to the world, Infiniti has already announced it's building a hybridized version that'll debut at the New York Auto Show in late March.
Now, before we get too far along, the vehicle will no longer be known as JX; according to Infiniti's Q-heavy naming scheme, the JX35 will now be the QX60. (The other Infiniti SUVs are: EX37 = QX50, FX = QX 70, QX56 = QX80.) So the QX60 hybrid will join the current M Hybrid (soon to be known as the Q70 Hybrid) and the upcoming G Sedan replacement, the Q50 Hybrid, in electrifying Infiniti's refreshed lineup.
The QX60 Hybrid uses a rather unique 2.5-litre supercharged engine (although we're not sure of cylinder count since the company has access to both), paired with a 15 kW electric motor. Total system power is quoted as around 250 horsepower, not far off the 265 horses found in the regular JX35/QX60. It uses a CVT and we'd guess has all-wheel drive, and Infiniti claims the usual "six-cylinder power with four-cylinder fuel economy." The lithium-ion battery is packaged under the trunk, so leaves access to the third row unchanged.
Infiniti figures the Hybrid will cost around $3,000 US more than the gasoline version. In Canadian terms, the regular JX35/QX60 runs just under $45,000, so you can do the math...
I spent about a week with the 'old' JX35 and found it to be really comfortable, spacious and luxurious. There were a few moments when it seemed like the CVT had become possessed - lots of rev-flaring with only steady throttle at while cruising, and a couple other instances. I'd hope those are simply bugs that'll get ironed out with future software updates.