The M35h can drive on electric power alone at speeds up to 62 mph. It can travel on electric propulsion for up to 1.2 miles at a time. Tests have shown that in mixed diving, the Infiniti M35h is able to drive in electric only mode for as much as 50 percent of the time.
The 3.5-liter V-6 combines with an electric motor and high-power battery to produce 360 horsepower (hybrid system net power). Two new technologies are fundamental to the M35h’s broad-ranging abilities. One is the Lithium-ion battery pack — quick to alternate between charging/discharging and, size for size, twice as powerful as conventional Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries. The second is the direct manner in which the power is delivered to the rear wheels through the 7-speed automatic transmission. This is central to providing the performance feel expected from a true luxury sports sedan.
Like the gasoline Infiniti M37, the new Infiniti M Hybrid features an elegant yet sporty exterior and interior design. Its balanced, rear-wheel drive proportions and stance, with a long, low hood and high rear deck, provides a roomy cabin, uncompromised by the M Hybrid’s compact battery design (located behind the rear seat).
Inside, the Infiniti M instrument panel features hybrid-unique instrument meters, meter display and IT screen displays, providing battery and other essential system information.
Base model estimated mpg: 25/30
Estimated starting price: $53,700
Compiled by Motor Matters