PARIS PREVIEW: Infiniti unveils first hybrid
The production-ready M35h features the Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid technology, which uses a 306PS 3.5-litre V6 supported by a 68PS electric motor to make it the fastest accelerating car in Infiniti Europe’s range. This is set to give the model acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in less than 5.9 seconds and a top speed (limited) of 250km/h.
At the same time, the model will also deliver CO2 emissions of less than 170g/km with a combined fuel consumption of 7.3L/100km (38.6mpg) according to initial figures.
The petrol/electric drivetrain is said to ensure zero-emissions electric propulsion is used more often, for longer periods and at higher speeds than in existing hybrids. The M35h can cruise on electric power alone at a constant 80km/h on a level highway. Electric mode only can be utilised at speeds as high as 140km/h on a trailing throttle. In slow-moving traffic the M35h can silently glide on electric propulsion for up to 2km. Tests have shown that, in mixed diving, the M35h is able to drive in electric only mode for as much as 50% of the time.
Infiniti says that the M35h deploys its power in a manner entirely in keeping with the carmaker’s sports handling philosophy for maximum driver satisfaction. Both petrol V6 and electric motor deliver their power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission that comes with an electronically controlled clutch rather than a torque converter, enhancing responsiveness and reducing fuel consumption over the M37 by up to 10%.
On sale across Europe from spring 2011 (depending on country), the M35h joins the petrol M37 and diesel M30d. Prices and specifications will be announced in the new year.