Nissan has unveiled new hybrid versions of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60 SUVs.
Nissan has unveiled new hybrid versions of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60 SUVs. With a combined rating of 26 mpg and a driving range over 500 miles, Nissan toutes that the hybrids feature the same styling and features as the standard V6 models, but add fuel efficiency and driving range.
Both the Pathfinder and QX60 hybrids are powered by a new supercharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine that is mated to a 15 kW electric motor and lithium-ion battery. The system is rated at 250 net horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque – versus the 3.5-liter V6’s 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.
The hybrid system also uses a dual clutch system (one motor / two clutch parallel system) that efficiently manages power from both the electric motor and the gas engine. Positioned between the gasoline engine and the next-gen Xtronic CVT (where the torque converter would normally be), the motor also functions as a generator, conveying deceleration force from the CVT to the battery. One clutch is installed between the gasoline engine and the electric motor, the other within the CVT.
Both models will cost about $3,000 more than the standard V6 powered models.