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2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid: Video From New York Auto Show

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The second of two large seven-seat hybrid crossovers at this year's New York Auto Show, the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is the glamorpuss of the pair.

Known for the first year of its existence as the Infiniti JX, and now redubbed QX60 in a complete shakeup of the model names for Infiniti's high-end brand, the luxury hybrid crossover uses the same powertrain as the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid launched at the same show.

That is to say, the standard 260-hp 3.5-liter V-6 is gently and lovingly removed from the gleaming engine bay and a smaller supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder powertrain replaces it.

Both engines are paired with the corporate Xtronic continuously-variable transmission, but the hybrid interposes a small, thin electric motor between engine and CVT, with a clutch on either end.

That lets the electric motor add torque to the engine output, power the vehicle itself for short periods under light-to-negligible loads, and serve as a generator to recharge the battery using otherwise wasted braking energy.

The lithium-ion battery pack sits under the rear load-bay deck, meaning that cargo volume and seating space remains the same regardless of what engine is specified.

This is actually Infiniti's third hybrid vehicle; the first was the 2012 Infiniti M35h, and the second was the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid, a new hybrid variant of what used to be called the G35 sedan.

If you're as baffled as we are by some of the Infiniti nomenclature, perhaps this handy conversion key will help.

Or perhaps not.

As always, leave us any thoughts on our video in the Comments below.

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