It?s been about a year since Infiniti?s new boss Johan de Nysschen decided to change the names on all Infiniti models and restructure the lineup. (Now that that?s happen, Nysschen has jumped ship and moved to another luxury brand but the new model names remain.)
While we think it was probably a good idea, although we?re still a little uncertain as to which is which and that has become even more confusing as further new models are introduced. We are sure a year or two from now it will all make sense, but for now we?re still in an area of dawn that requires us to use lights, or in this case we occasionally have to take a quick peak at the Infiniti web site to make sure we know which model is which.
The Infiniti QX60 is comparable in size and price to other premium crossovers including the Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90, but the interior design gives in nearly as much space as Infiniti?s largest SUV the QX80.
Inside the space is attractive, well executed and functional, plus it can actually hold seven people. Standard equipment includes posh leather seating and a full range of power equipment including the rear liftgate. The second and third row seating folds flat to accommodate up to 76.5 cubic feet of cargo ? that?s a lot of recreational equipment or shopping treasures. In addition, the second row seats have 5.5-inches of travel, so you can adjust for passengers or cargo as needed. The interior is beautiful, but we discovered one problem when the sun gets in an overhead position ? as the sun hits the center stack the chrome and shiny wood surface reflects right in the driver?s eyes on accession.
The Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid? system uses a compact Lithium-ion battery and electric motor to provide supplementary power through its one-motor/two-clutch system. The efficient drivetrain has an EPA rating of 25 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined, which Infiniti claims is the best-in-class combined fuel economy. As a contrast, the V-6 powered QX50 is rated at 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. What?s interesting about this Infiniti Hybrid is that it only cost $3,000 more than the gas-only version. Unlike some other hybrids, however, this one?s smaller battery does not support electric-only motoring other than when coasting.
The Infiniti Connections and Connection Plus system in the QX60 contains a grouping of telematics services and Personal Assistance that provides 24-hour access to a team of live professional assistants. They include features like Automatic Crash Notification, Emergency Call, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, stolen vehicle reporting, remote door lock and unlock, alarm notification, Maintenance Alert, Schedule Maintenance Notification. It also has Google My Schedule collaboration which is like having a spouse constantly reminding you of those things that need to be done.