Infiniti buyers now have another M35h GT version to consider aside from the M35h GT Premium that was the sole variant available back then. Customers now have a choice between two variants of the world’s fastest-accelerating hybrid saloon, the Infiniti M35h GT. The new variant still delivers the same performance and low emissions of the original M35h GT, but costs £3970 less.
The new Infiniti M35h GT, which started arriving at Infiniti Centres this month, boast of several enhancements including the soft-closing boot function. The new Infiniti M35h GT as well as the premium variant boasts of emitting CO2 below the 160g/km tax threshold, which means that both versions have reduced running costs.
Whereas in the past the navigation system was only available as part of the package that also includes a 16-speaker Bose surround sound, customers now could opt to install a Connectiviti+, Infiniti’s navigation/entertainment system, on their GT and S models at an additional £1800.
The price also includes Forest Air, a sophisticated climate control systems. Infiniti has loaded its ‘M’ models with features like semi-aniline leather seat facings and heated and ventilated front seats, as well as alloy wheels, bi-Xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS).
The ‘M’ models also come in a White Ash wood trim finished with real silver powder. Infiniti also equipped its M30d S, M30d S Premium and M37 S Premium models with larger alloy wheels, 4-Wheel Active Steering, and sports suspension, brakes and seats, as well as black lacquer trim. Infiniti also equipped its top-selling ‘Premium’ models with a complete suite of safety and convenience technologies including Blind Spot InterventionTM, Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Prevention (LDP).
Infiniti reveals that with the Infiniti M35h, it will be showing off the so-called “driver’s hybrid” which comes with the latest in steering technology and even braking technology. Already considered as a pioneer especially with the one motor/two clutch system, the addition of these two news systems is expected to strengthen the M35h given that they were designed in order to deliver an enhanced driving feel while offering excellent environmental advantages.
With regards to the braking system, Infiniti made sure that it would meet the preferences of sports sedan customers. However, it helps lower the carbon footprint of this model further ensuring that the M35h has the lowest CO2 emissions among the M Line range. It is however the new steering system that customers will fall in love with especially as it comes with electro-hydraulic system that offers assistance "on-demand."
The system brings with it the advantage offered by hydraulic power steering which has that smooth and natural feel. That’s not enough as it also offered the fuel efficiency expected from an electric system. Under this system, the motor will only cut in once the wheel has been turned. As such, it helps increase the efficiency even further. When compared to standard power steering configurations, the one in the new M35h is smaller and this was made possible by integrating different parts.
Overall, the theme when it came to these two systems was simplicity. This is the same treatment done for the drivetrain which has its V6 gas-powered engine capable of 50 kW (68 PS) paired with the electric motor. The output is then transmitted through the automatic 7-speed transmission. Sales of the new Infiniti M35h in the Europe and US market are expected to begin by 2011.