Infiniti’s first production hybrid performance luxury sedan, the all-new 2012 Infiniti M35h, has an estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, with combined fuel economy rated at 29 mpg. These official EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) fuel economy figures were recently announced by the North American division of Infiniti.
In a statement, the company said that the Infiniti M Hybrid is the first V6 true luxury performance "driver's" hybrid, and the only vehicle of its kind to deliver more than 350hp and offer a fuel economy of 32 mpg.
The Infiniti M35h features the all-new Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid system, an advanced one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid design that uses precise, high-speed motor control technology enabled by the powerful Lithium-ion battery, allowing power to be sent directly to the vehicle's 7-speed automatic transmission.
The Infiniti M Hybrid is also equipped with Infiniti's 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, which when coupled with the 50 kW electric motor, gives a hybrid system net power of 360hp.
The new Infiniti M35h is also the first hybrid in the world to be fitted with the Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians (VSP) safety feature as standard. This device uses a range of sounds to help ensure the safety of other road users.
The Infiniti M35h goes on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide in spring 2011. However, prices for this model, which is available in either GT or GT Premium grades, will be announced closer to the Geneva Auto Show this March.
Infiniti has officially launched its all-new Infiniti M Line in the United States, offering a performance saloon loaded with power, performance and technology as well as passion, driver appeal and craftsmanship. Infiniti is also all-ready to bring the M Line in Europe in September 2010.
Laden with a number of industry-first features and Infiniti’s advanced Safety Shield technology, the all-new Infiniti M Line represents the premium carmaker’s commitment to passionate design and an enjoyable drive.
The M Line will be the first Infiniti M that will be available in the carmaker’s 34 global markets. When its sales commence in Europe in September 2010, it will be available in petrol and diesel V6 variants.
Infiniti will offer petrol-electric hybrid version in Europe in 2011. With the Infiniti M Line, Infiniti has broadened and upgraded its saloon range in Europe that includes the Infiniti G37. The rear-wheel-drive 4,945 mm-long Infiniti M offers luxurious comfort with more than enough interior space.
Standing at the peak of Infiniti’s saloon offerings, the Infiniti M Line takes inspiration from the premium carmaker’s Essence concept car, particularly its unique flowing lines and profile. Moreover, the new Infiniti M Line makes use of durable natural materials to fulfill Infiniti’s promise of providing a hassle-free ownership experience.