2011 Infiniti M35h, the first hybrid sedan from the manufacturer, made its debut at the Paris Motor Show. Deliveries in Europe are slated to begin next spring. Infiniti, a Japanese luxury car brand, said that it will reveal the technical details and figures of the M35h, dubbed “the driver’s hybrid,” during the auto show.
The 3.5-litre petrol V6 produces 225 kW (306 PS) and 350 Nm of torque at 5000 rpm. The electric motor is rated at 50 kW (68 PS) and gives high torque from zero rpm, peaking at 270 Nm at only 1000 rpm. The acceleration time of the 2011 M35h to get from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) is less than 5.9 seconds.
The vehicle has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The M35h is rated to have a combined fuel consumption of 7.3 l/100km (38.6 mpg), while its CO2 emissions figure is less than 170 g/k.
But take note that all of these figures are still subject to final homologation. The M35h will be offered in base and luxury GT forms. The top-of-the-line GT Premium model will be fully equipped as standard.
The M35h is able to run on electric power alone on a level highway a constant speed of 80 km/h (50 mph). The electric mode can only be used at speeds up to 140 km/h (87 mph).
2011 Infiniti M35h will feature a new steering technology – an electro-hydraulic system with “on-demand” assistance. Meanwhile, the car’s brakes will use the Electric Driven Intelligent Brake system.
According to Infiniti, it will now be able to introduce its saloon lineup to Europe with the M Line, which includes the Infiniti G37. It also takes it to a whole new level not just in terms of interior and exterior design, but even performance on the road. With the Infiniti M, customers will get to see a vehicle that has a rear-wheel drive and features that can only be described as luxurious.
The cabin is not only the best finished and best designed, but with the vehicle having overall length of 4,945 mm, this means that it offers enough space inside. Being considered as the brand’s flagship saloon, it has features that are truly unique to Infiniti. For example, there is the use of flowing lines on the profile which is clearly inspired by the Essence concept car. Customers are also guaranteed on the integrity of the natural materials that have been used and the brand itself promises that owning an M Line will be hassle-free.
The M Line has a number of features that can be considered as the first in the industry and even utilizes the cutting edge Safety Shield technology. This latest offering from Infiniti is also proof that it continues to be committed in coming up with vehicles that have exceptional design while offering a more rewarding drive. This is the latest example of the brand’s Inspired Performance and will be the first ever M model to be made available in the brand’s 34 markets, which includes Western Europe.
There is no doubt that in addition to this performance saloon having a displaying a new style, it clearly is overflowing when it comes to driver appeal, craftsmanship, and passion. Slated to enter the Europe market by 2010, the brand knows it will be facing, for the first time, the traditional executive car hierarchy. Sales in this particular market are expected to begin by September 2010.
However even before the sale in Europe start, Infiniti disclosed that the new M Line will be making its official debut in the U.S. market. Through the M Line, Infiniti hopes that it will serve as the exclusive alternative to other traditional models already in the executive class like the E-Class from Mercedes and the 5-Series from BMW. Infiniti revealed as well that the models that will go on sale in various showrooms across Europe will have the V6 engine in either diesel or petroleum. An advanced petrol-electric hybrid is expected to join the M Line, especially in Europe, by 2011.