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Like a teenager, the Infiniti brand is in the midst of a revolution. Its automotive hormones are pumping and things are changing – both physically and emotionally. With luck at the end of this difficult period the company will be smarter, stronger and more mature.

1. Fuel economy rated at 26 mpg city, 28 highway, 26 combined.
2. Power comes from a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, a 15 kW electric motor and a compact lithium-ion battery.
3. Powertrain output totals 250 horsepower with 248 lb-ft of torque.
4. Base price for the QX60 Hybrid is $45,545 including delivery; AWD costs $1,400 more.

Executives at Nissan’s luxury division are running at redline to redefine the brand’s image. Over the past couple years they’ve relocated the corporate headquarters from Japan to Hong Kong and they’ve really focused on growing the business in global markets so Infiniti doesn’t have to rely as heavily on North America. But one of the biggest changes that’s been made, and really the only one visible to consumers, has to do with their product nomenclature.

Familiar nameplates like G, M and FX have been scrapped like rusted out pickup trucks. Starting with the 2014 model year, sedans and coupes are designated “Q” while crossovers and SUVs are graced with “QX.” These letters precede two-digit numbers denoting a vehicle’s size. It’s logical but a bit confusing at first glance.

In keeping with this strategy one recognizable face, the Infiniti JX crossover, has been rechristened QX60. Also new for 2014 is the availability of a hybrid drivetrain. The gasoline-electric version of this three-row hauler aims to deliver increased fuel efficiency with no sacrifice in capability or performance.

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