The platform makes it a possibility, but Infiniti is undecided.
After several teasers showed off a luxurious new interior and a new nine-speed transmission with improved towing capacity, the 2022 Infiniti QX60 has finally arrived for the US market. As Infiniti's best-selling model, this vehicle is crucial to the company's success. As with the previous QX60, this second-generation model is closely related to the Nissan Pathfinder, including the platform and engine.
Under the hood, the US-spec QX60 uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This is a bit more potent than the Pathfinder because the QX60 runs on premium fuel. Though the V6 is the only engine option offered in the US, it's not the only one Inifiniti will offer globally.
During a media call to discuss the 2022 QX60, Infiniti mentioned that not all markets would receive the V6. "We have a different powertrain option in China," said Eric Rigaux, General Manager of Product Strategy and Planning. "We are optimizing the offer with each market. In the US, Canada, and other markets, the 3.5-liter V6 and nine-speed automatic are what customers expect. In China, the environment is very different. We are going to use a 2.0-liter turbo, our VC-Turbo (Variable Compression Turbo) engine paired with the nine-speed automatic."
The Nissan Altima and Infiniti QX50 pair this engine with a continuously variable transmission. This marks the first time either brand has paired the VC-Turbo with a conventional gearbox. In the QX50, the VC-Turbo produces 268 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.
As for a future hybrid variant, Infiniti wasn't ready to share many details. "This is not an electrified powertrain because the customers in this segment today are not asking for it," Rigaux explained. "They are extremely happy with this combination. Of course, we are monitoring electrification in every segment for every market, so it doesn't mean we have to stick with this formula forever."
When asked if the QX60's platform could eventually benefit Nissan's advanced e-Power technology, Rigaux confirmed it could accept an electrified powertrain if Infiniti wanted to offer one. Infiniti previously trademarked the name "I-Power," so perhaps future hybrid models are in the works.