2015 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid, Review

2015 Infiniti QX60 is a seven-passenger SUV, available in two variant, as regular vehicle, and as hybrid. Just one year ago, Infiniti presented both new name, and hybrid version of its SUV. QX60 was originally presented back in 2011, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with JX nameplate on. Last year, Infiniti officials decided to change the name scheme of its vehicles last year, so all “regular” cars had label “Q”, and all SUVs carried “QX” mark. The number previously indicated the engine displacement, while the current figure mark indicates the growth of both size and price of the vehicles.

2015 Infiniti QX60 Front

2015 Infiniti QX60 changes and features

2015 model year brought minor changes, mainly including few cosmetic changes both inside and out. 2015 Infiniti QX60 exterior will be available in three new shades, including Hermosa Blue, Majestic White and Graphite Shadow, which replaced the Glacial Silver, Moonlight White and Diamond Slate colors of the previous model.

Inside, new model year brought new high contrast Wheat interior. Available only in one trim, 2015 Infiniti QX60 comes with 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, auto on/off bi-xenon headlights, foglights, LED taillights, a backup camera, heated and power-folding side mirrors, a moonroof, keyless ignition and entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8-way (driver)and 6-way (passenger)power-adjustable seat, heatable front seats, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, tri-zone automatic A/C, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen and a 6-speaker audio system with satellite radio and iPod/USB interface.

Even though there is no other trims available Infiniti make sure to offer numerous optional features. For regular 2015 QX60, Infiniti offers 6 eqippment packages, while Hybrid variant has practically the same options, but packed differently into 4 packages. 2015 Infiniti QX60 buyers will be able to choose between Premium package, Premium Plus package, Driver Assistance package, Theater package, Deluxe Touring package and Maple Interior. Hybrid variant has Hybrid Premium package, Driver Assistance package, Theater package and Hybrid Deluxe Technology package included in offer.

2015 Infiniti QX60 Interior

2015 Infiniti QX60 performance and fuel economy

2015 Infiniti QX60 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 with an output of 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Electronically controlled CVT, as only gearbox choice is upgraded this year, by enhanced D-step shift logic added. Front-wheel drive is still standard, and all-wheel available as optional.

Fuel economy is rated at 20 mpg in the city, 22 mpg combined and 26 mpg on the highway for FWD models, while AWD models deliver one mile less for every parameter.

2015 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is powered by combination of electric motor and slave engine. Most of power comes from a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which provides 250 hp (230 hp by 2.5-liter) and 243 lb-ft of torque of combined output. Electric motor is charged by lithium-ion battery pack, and it offers 15kW of power. Hybrid variant has the same transmission and drive train as regular QX60.

EPA estimated fuel economy for Hybrid version in FWD form is rated at 26 mpg in the city, 26 mpg combined and 28 mpg on the highway. AWD Hybrids return one mile less in the city, while other scores are the same.

2015 Infiniti QX60 Side

2015 Infiniti QX60 competition

Competitors of the 2015 Infiniti QX60 are Buick Enclave, Lincoln MKT and Audi Q7. As toughest and biggest rival of QX60 we could mark Toyota’s Highlander, with same seat capacity but better fuel economy than Infiniti.

2015 Infiniti QX60 price and release

2015 Infiniti QX60 will be available next month, in October 2014, while pricing is not released yet. Considering the amount of changes, price will probably stay in the same range, as its predecessor.  Its base price should be somewhere around $42 000- $43 000, while Hybrid variant will could range between $45 000 and $46 000.

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