If you think that just about everyone is getting into hybrids or even fully-electric vehicles today, you need to only look at Nissan and Infiniti for example of a reversal of the trend. The hybrid version of the Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60 have disappeared from the 2016 model lineup without even so much as a mention.
Car and Driver first pointed out the significant shift and noted that Nissan and its luxury line Infiniti haven’t said anything about the change. It’s an interesting development that comes at a time when automakers are trying to squeeze as much mileage from just about every vehicle in their lineup. What’s even more noteworthy is that Nissan has been one of the automakers at the forefront of electrification, including selling the top electric vehicle in the entire world.
Infiniti says that the hybrid version of the QX60 is still available to purchase, even though the model has disappeared from its site. Why the brand would drop a vehicle from its website and yet still offer it through dealers is odd to say the least, making it like an off-the-menu dish at a restaurant. Car and Driver did confirm that production of the hybrid SUV has ended, with no announcement of it starting up again or a replacement vehicle on the horizon.
The rumor is that Nissan will release a hybrid version of the Rogue in the near future. While the new generation has expanded the Rogue and added a third row of seating that is large enough for teddy bears, it’s still a far cry from the Pathfinder. Why didn’t Nissan keep the hybrid Pathfinder and add a hybrid Rogue? Such a move would have added to its credibility as a proponent of hybrid technology. Instead, a shadow of doubt has been cast.
Hopefully, Nissan is reworking the hybrid powertrain for the Pathfinder. It hasn’t fared well in real-world fuel mileage tests and has been roundly criticized by reviewers.