Infiniti has announced performance and emissions figures of the M35h, the company’s first hybrid model.
Available throughout Europe from the spring (depending on country), Infiniti’s first Hybrid car to go on sale can be summed up by four figures:
– 364 PS (268 kW) combined petrol/electric power
– 5.5 seconds acceleration from 0 to 62mph
– 162 g/km of CO2 emissions
– 40.4mpg on the combined cycle
Powered by the 3.5-litre V6 and an electric motor, the M35h’s combined output is 359bhp, 18bhp more than its major competitor, the Lexus GS450h.
The mix between the standard V6 engine and the electric motor is enough to provide an acceleration time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) (electronically limited) while combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions are officially 40.4mpg and 162g/km respectively.
The 2012 Infiniti M35h does this through a combination of tech and desing factors, including a low coefficient of drag at 0.26, relatively light weight, and, of course, the hybrid drive system.
Capable of cruising on emissions-free electric power alone at speeds up to around 80 km/h, Infiniti’s Direct Response Hybrid system extends the hybrid’s advantage from slow-moving city traffic to the open highway. In real-world testing the Infiniti M35h has shown it can drive in electric-only mode for as much as 50% of the time on mixed routes. Even energy normally lost in deceleration or under braking is saved to help keep the batteries charged up.
Despite running in silent electric mode at every opportunity, the Infiniti M35h cannot surprise pedestrians and the visually impaired as it approaches thanks to Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians (VSP) – ( something similar was just added to the toyota Prius after a series of complains from the pedestrians that they cannot hear the car when is coming.). Read: Infiniti M35h with audible pedestrian warning system
Prices for the Infiniti M35h , which will be offered in either GT or GT Premium grades, are due to be announced before the Geneva Motor Show.