2012 Infinity M35h Hybrid Launched
The 2012 Infinity M Hybrid made its public debut yesterday at the Los Angeles Auto Show and it will be the first hybrid sedan manufactured by Nissan Motors’ luxury division. The M35h will be available for sale in the next spring and will use a parallel hybrid system that will be combined with a 7-speed automatic transmission and a RWD.
The Infinity has a 3.5-liter V6 paired to a 50-kilowatt electric motor that give a combined power of 360 hp and a 258 pound-feet torque. In addition, the electric motor is capable of producing an additional 199 lb-ft of twist off the line for acceleration. The car will be able to reach 62 mph running only with the electric motor.
Although official figures regarding the fuel consumption are not available at the moment, Infiniti says that most likely the M Hybrid will do 25 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway – 27 mpg combined. Although these figures sound very good if not excellent, they tend to pale in comparison to the 429 hp V8 5.0-liter direct-injected power plant developed by Hyundai that consumes only 26 mph on the highway. Of course, this is just the beginning of the electric motor era. In the future we will most likely see new innovations in this department.
The 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid will come with the all-new proprietary Direct Response Hybrid system – a very advanced, one-motor / two-clutch parallel hybrid concept that will combine high-speed motor control technology with the powerful Lithium-ion battery that will allow the entire power to be delivered to the car’s 7-speed automatic gearbox.
The car will also benefit from an Electric Driven Intelligent Brake regenerative braking system plus a new Hybrid Electric Power Steering system which will make the process of driving the car very pleasant and natural at the same time. Other important features of the M Hybrid include: Active Trace Control, Blind Spot Intervention, Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, Blind Spot Warning and power sliding glass tinted moon roof.
Infiniti’s Vice President Ben Poore, affirmed that “Simply put, the Infiniti M Hybrid will be the most advanced performance luxury sedan hybrid in the market, delivering V8 power and 4-cylinder fuel efficiency.”
At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Infinity was named by the Automotive Lease Guide as the “Best Luxury Brand” and the QX56 model won the award for the “Best Luxury Fullsize Utility’”.
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