2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid - Driven, August 2014Enlarge Photo
UPDATE: After this article was published on July 1st, we received the following additional information from Infiniti USA:
We base our production upon retailer orders and consumer demand worldwide. The Infiniti QX60 remains in production for several global markets, including China and Mexico.
For the United States, while the QX60 Hybrid continues to be available at some retailers across the country, our production is currently focused on the QX60 3.5 model. If consumer interest for the QX60 Hybrid increases with fuel prices in this market, we have the manufacturing ability to make them available.
While we are currently not producing them for the U.S. market–due to consumer demand–the vehicle has not been cancelled or discontinued, and is still being built, for other markets. There is inventory still available at some Infiniti retailers here in the States.
Assessing the rare SUV pair, we suggest that buyers approach purchase of either a hybrid Pathfinder or a hybrid QX60 with caution.
Hybrids sold in low numbers, especially those available only for a single year, may be unfamiliar to dealers and service departments in some areas.
Down the road, they could present service challenges--as with some of the other vehicles we cited three years ago in an article on used hybrids to consider steering clear of.
CHECK OUT: Five Used Hybrid Cars To Consider Steering Clear Of (Jul 2012)
We look forward, however, to Nissan's upcoming plug-in hybrid system, which is said to be based on the much stronger and more electric powertrain of the Leaf.
That system seems likely to provide the all-electric running that the two mild-hybrid SUVs so conspicuously lacked.