Overall: There are significant changes coming to the QX60, but they won’t be announced until the first quarter of 2016. The current model remains on sale until then.
Drivetrain: A 3.5-liter V6 combines with a continuously variable transmission; QX60 Hybrid is gone.
The current QX60 (a new edition is on the way, but not for several months) can carry up to seven passengers across three rows of seats. In the flesh, the wagon is an attractive piece that shuns the boxy look of the larger QX80, but is decidedly more wagon-like than Infiniti’s five-passenger QX70. The QX60 is supported by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission’s “Sport” mode simulates the gear-changing characteristics of a conventional automatic. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available, the latter being an on-demand unit that directs 100 percent of the engine’s torque under normal driving conditions to the front, but can deploy up to 50 percent of the available thrust to the rear wheels to maximize grip. Front-drive fuel economy is pegged at 21 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. The QX60 hybrid that shared its supercharged four-cylinder engine and electric motor with the similarly size Nissan Pathfinder has suffered that model’s fate and has also been dropped from the lineup. Infiniti has made available most of its advanced electronic safety and crash-avoiding accessories, including Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) that can automatically prevent reversing into or over something or someone. BCI is part of a Driver Assistance Package that also adds distance-maintaining cruise control, blind-spot warning and Active Trace Control that modulates the torque and braking at each wheel for optimum cornering stability.