Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand, has revealed the technical specifications and performance figures of the M35h model – its first ever hybrid which it unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 2010. Back then, Infiniti pledged that marketing will start in the spring. These specs place the vehicle as one of the fastest and greenest V6-powered sedans available.
According to a company statement, the Infiniti M35h has an innovative one electric motor/two clutch hybrid system that is complemented by Infiniti’s trademarks: low drag (the Cd is 0.26) and lighter weight.
The M35h weighs 1830kg, which makes it lighter than its M30d diesel sibling. The unique Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid system is equipped with a unique one motor, 2 clutch powertrain with compact Lithium-Ion battery. Powering the vehicle is a 3.5l petrol V6 engine that generates 306 PS and 350 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm, working alongside an electric motor rated at 68 PS.
With these two technologies combined, the vehicle is able to accelerate from zero to 62kph in 5.5 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). It also has a fuel consumption figure of 6.99 l/100km (40.4 UK mpg) and a CO2 emissions level of 162 g/km. The new Infiniti M35h will also be the first hybrid in the world to be fitted with the Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians (VSP) safety feature as standard.
The new steering and the braking systems also offer another advantage as they work well with the advanced drivetrain to improve the driving experience. For certain hybrid vehicles, this combination generally results to reducing it instead.
Infiniti M35h is expected to provide an exhilarating drive regardless of the situation as it has been designed to be responsive and fast and have a strong sporting bias for its rear-wheel drive handling. At the heart of the Infiniti M35h are one motor and two clutch systems.
The first clutch is located in the middle of the 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6 engine and its electric motor, which is embedded in the automatic transmission. Meanwhile for the electronically controlled clutch, it allows for the full decoupling of the V6 engine especially when the vehicle is running in electric drive and under power regeneration mode.
What this means is that the mechanical drag is lowered which in turn helps increase the efficiency of its electric motor. The lithium-ion battery pack meanwhile has a fast charge and discharge response. Because of this, its hybrid version is more frequently powered by electricity and can go faster than traditional hybrids.
When needed by the driver, the Infiniti M35h answers and acts like a true high-performance machine. As expected from an Infiniti, especially one with V6 petrol engines, it offers linear acceleration and pure rear-drive handling.
The Infiniti M35h’s new steering and braking technologies are similar to the Adaptive Shift Control 7-speed automatic transmission that blips the throttle during downchanges. That’s why even the most demanding drivers will love the M35h.
As the brand’s first hybrid, the M35h has the lowest CO2 emissions of its new M Line, along with the diesel and petrol models. It is also the first of its M models to be sold in the brand’s 34 markets around the world.
Other firsts associated with the Infiniti M are the Active Noise Control, innovative Forest Air climate control, and the first Blind Spot Intervention. By utilizing double-piston dampers and making semi-aniline leather available in its interior, luxury and comfort are guaranteed.