Premium carmaker Infiniti will start sales of the new hybrid vehicle as part of its new line of Infiniti M luxury performance sedans. Infiniti will commence selling its 2011 Infiniti M vehicles in spring 2010, and the 2012 Infiniti M35 hybrid a year later.
Interestingly, the 2012 Infiniti M35 hybrid is Infiniti's first hybrid since the carmaker was established two decades ago. Moreover, the 2012 Infiniti M35 hybrid holds the record as its cleanest and most efficient vehicle until now.
This hybrid was inspired by the Infiniti Essence concept car, which showed its potential as a high performance vehicle with low emissions. Building on the concept, the new M35 Hybrid has been designed and engineered to provide more driving experience on the road.
Astonishingly, the M35 Hybrid was derived from the all-new M, which features styling cues from the Essence concept. While the M35 Hybrid is essentially a high performance luxury sedan, it features the fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions of a smaller car.
This rear-wheel-drive hybrid is powered by a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 and the electric motor. It features Infiniti's hybrid system, a single electric motor/twin clutch arrangement.
The first clutch is installed between the V6 and the electric motor. This arrangement has all the components act on a single prop shaft to the rear differential, thereby providing the necessary linear performance and direct responses, resulting to dependable driving feel under any condition.
When the driver needs to accelerate, the system's electric motor could dynamically boost the V6 engine during "power assist" mode. This motor could also serve as a generator that charges the battery in a conventional manner.
Interestingly, the motor could recover energy during deceleration and braking. In particular conditions, the M35 Hybrid can go full electric, although Infiniti has yet to disclose the range and performance numbers when in this mode.
Infiniti will later announce the transmission system that will be employed on the M35 Hybrid. On the other hand, the premium carmaker has provided the M35 Hybrid with an array of new technologies, like a "laminated" lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack that provides twice the power while having the same size as conventional batteries but offers twice the power.
When laminated, the battery pack offers better cooling performance, with manganese positive electrodes improving its temperature stability. Thus, the laminated Li-ion battery pack offers outstanding reliability.
Infiniti will be selling the M35 Hybrid – along with the conventional powered 2011 M vehicles -- across all of its markets around the world, pegged at around 33 countries. Amazingly, all new-generation Infiniti M models are more powerful, more fuel efficient and emit less carbon dioxide than their predecessors.