2015 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid: New Luxury Crossover has it all

2015 INFINITI QX60The 2015 Infiniti QX60 is a new name for the previous Infiniti JX, a sleek, three-row crossover utility vehicle based on the Nissan Pathfinder. Available as a V6 powered CUV, with a 265-horsepower 3.5L V6 mated to a CVT transmission, we tested the new QX60 Hybrid version with a 230-hp 2.5L supercharged four-cylinder engine paired with a 15-kW electric drive motor to produce a total of 250 hp, via a CVT transmission. Note; the Canadian QX60 Hybrids all come equipped with AWD as standard equipment.

The 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid comes well-equipped at a base price of $48,950. Standard equipment is luxurious and generous with: Intelligent all-wheel drive, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery with heated power-adjustable front seats, power moon roof, intelligent key with push-button start, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, seven-inch colour display with rear-view monitor, automatic HID headlights, cruise control, high spec audio system, power tailgate and rear privacy glass.

Inside, the QX60 Hybrid cabin looks suitably luxurious and well designed with sharp leather seats and nice textures, materials and tight fitting panels. Soft-touch materials abound for driver and passengers and the overall ambience is very good. It is not only a good looking cabin, it is also versatile with full sliding second-row seats that feature a steep tipping point to allow easier access to the third row. The passenger’s side of the second row splits 60/40 and the third row seat is surprisingly roomy. With the seats folded there’s up to 2,166 L of available cargo space compared to 447 L of cargo space when all seats are upright. Nothing much to gripe about, although a few switches seem positioned a little low to reach on the left of the steering wheel.

On the road, the QX60 Hybrid feels adequately powered, delivering city fuel economy that’s about 30 percent better than the conventional AWD QX60 and 28 percent better than the conventional front-wheel drive QX60. The official city/highway numbers are 7.6 / 6.9 L/100 km for the Hybrid, 10.9 / 7.8 for the V6 AWD, and 10.5 / 7.6 for the V6 FWD.

The QX60, the Hybrid has a four-position driving mode selector with Sport, Standard, Eco, and Snow modes. In sport mode the CVT shifts through programmed ‘virtual gears’ for a more sporty experience whilst in Eco mode the transmission and throttle parameters are changed for fuel efficiency with the transmission keeping revs down. Standard mode is the best compromise in my opinion.

The QX60′s ride is composed and comfortable, with decent enough feel, although it errs a bit on the soft side for what would be considered sporty. Braking are pretty good for this hefty 2,098 kg CUV and the regenerative brakes don’t act like typical hybrid brakes that tend to feel like they ‘drag’ when applied. Straight line acceleration is excellent and although the big QX needs care in negotiating tight urban parking areas, it is super easy to park thanks to Infiniti’s clever around view monitor. Technologically advanced and very safe.

2015 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid base priced from $48,950. Price as tested – including freight and PDE, $64,945.