The British division of Infiniti has revealed that the M35h flagship will be priced at £46,840 when right-hand drive versions arrive in UK Infiniti Centres starting April. Infiniti is marketing the model as the most powerful and most economical model in the new Infiniti M range. The car features the Infiniti Direct Hybrid system, a new-generation drivetrain that has the one electric motor/two clutch layout.
It is also equipped with new hybrid electric power steering and regenerative braking, a hybrid dashboard display showing energy flows and a low-speed audible warning system (VSP).
Opting for the M35h GT Premium adds premium heated and ventilated semi-aniline leather front seats, White Ash wood trim with silver powder finish, bi-Xenon lights with adaptive front lighting system, power seats and steering column with heated steering wheel, a 30GB HDD navigation system with high-res touch screen, 3D graphics and Michelin Guide information, Forest Air climate control and a 16-speaker Bose Premium surround sound system.
With the Dynamic Safety Shield, the M35h GT Premium offers one of the most comprehensive anti-crash technologies available with systems that include Blind Spot Intervention, Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Prevention (LDP). To save on fuel, the car has also been fitted with Infiniti’s innovative Eco Pedal.
Infiniti is introducing its first hybrid vehicle dubbed the Infiniti M35h that will debut world-first steering and braking technologies when its sale commences in the United States and Europe in 2011. These technologies – with its innovative one motor/two clutch system -- further boost the inherit strengths of the vehicle’s hybrid unit. Serving as the core of the Infiniti M35h is a hybrid system that includes a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine and a 50 kW (68 PS) electric motor built into the seven-speed automatic transmission.
Infiniti carefully considered the attributes of this hybrid drivetrain in developing the steering and brakes of the high performance luxury sedan. Infiniti eventually decided to endow the Infiniti M35h with an electro-hydraulic steering system with "on-demand" assistance. This system offers the benefits of a hydraulic power steering (natural and smooth feel) and an electric system (enhanced fuel efficiency).
Since the motor kicks in only when the driver turns the steering wheel, the hybrid’s efficiency is increased. Infiniti was able to make this new steering system smaller than conventional power steering technologies by integrating multiple parts. Meanwhile, Infiniti designed the brakes of the Infiniti M35h to provide the performance sought by sports sedan customer while contributing the vehicle’s lower carbon footprint.
To further boost the reputation of the Infiniti M35h as low carbon dioxide advocate of the carmaker’s M Line sedan line-up, engineers relied on the capability of the vehicle’s hybrid system. So, they came up with the Electric Driven Intelligent Brake system, which uses the electric drive motor to operate the brake cylinders. When the brake pedal is pressed, the system maintains the needed braking force while controlling the hydraulic pressure of the friction brake to help optimize the energy regeneration of the hybrid motor.
Since the Electric Driven Intelligent Brake system comes with a simple structure -- the motor directly operates the brake cylinders – it could become a vital feature of Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid vehicles in the future. To note, advanced computerized control has made it possible to achieve the simplicity of these mechanical solutions – more compact, lighter and fewer parts. While other steering and braking systems in some hybrid vehicles deplete the driving experience, the opposite is true for the new technologies in the Infiniti M35h as they enhance it.
Since the Infiniti M35h is developed to be both fast and responsive as well as to be biased to rear-wheel drive handling, it offers drivers an exhilarating experience whatever the situation is. This is thanks to the one motor/two clutch system. Its first clutch is fitted between the V6 and the electric motor.
Meanwhile, the electronically controlled clutch could fully decouple the V6 when the Infiniti M35h is in electric drive and power regeneration modes – thereby reducing mechanical drag and augmenting the electric motor’s efficiency. Since the M35h has a fast charging/discharging lithium-ion battery pack, it stays electrically powered for more of the time and at higher speeds, than other hybrids.
Should there be a need for the Infiniti M35h to dish out a nerve-wracking performance, it could do so thanks to its V6 engine, its linear acceleration capability and rear-drive handling. Moreover, it is helped by its seven-speed Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) automatic transmission that blips the throttle on downshifts as well as its new braking and steering technologies.