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TMR Team | Mar, 11 2013 | 3 Comments

Infiniti continues its naming transformation this month, with the still-new JX SUV becoming the QX60 - and bringing a new brand-new hybrid system along for the ride.

Bound for the New York Auto Show later this month, the QX60's appearance follows news last year that Infiniti will re-brand its entire range under a new 'Q' system.

The luxury marque will also debut a new QX60 Hybrid model in New York, powered by its new supercharged 2.5 four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 15kW electric motor and a CVT transmission. (Announced in 2011.)

Infiniti promises a combined output of 186kW, returning fuel consumption figures of around 9.0 l/100km - a 24 percent improvement over the 197kW petrol V6 model.

Energy for the electric motor is drawn from a lithium-ion battery pack, and while regenerative braking is featured, the system offers no all-electric driving option.

Importantly, the QX60 gives away no luggage space to the system, thanks to the battery pack sitting beneath the third seating row.

The new QX60 Hybrid model will be Infiniti's third petrol-electric model, joining the coming Q50 Hybrid sedan and the current M35h Hybrid sedan.

The carmaker isn't stopping there however, with plans announced in December revealing that Nissan and Infiniti will launch 15 new hybrid models over the next four years.

 

Australia

Infiniti Australia has yet to confirm any plans to bring the midsized JX/QX60 SUV to local showrooms.

Speaking with TMR last year, local boss Kevin Snell said that the new model is, at least, on the agenda.

"Whilst not yet confirmed for Australia, the JX is certainly on our radar and we are in discussions with Japan about the potential for introduction after our initial launch phase," Mr Snell said.

The company's current Australian line-up includes the G37 two-door models, the large M sedan and the FX SUV. The brand-new Q50 sedan will debut in Australia later this year.

 
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