The new Infiniti M35h hybrid will combine 364 PS with a 0-62 mph time of 5.5 seconds together with 40.4 mpg and 162 g/km CO2.
The 155 mph 3.5-litre V6 M35h is Infiniti’s first hybrid and the most powerful model in the luxury Infiniti M range.
Green Car Guide road test of the Infiniti M35h
with a journey from the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power venue in Cheshire to the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Infiniti M35h has a hybrid system comprising of one electric motor and two clutches. It also has low drag – the Cd is just 0.26 – and lighter weight, the M35h weighing less than the M30d diesel model at 1830kg.
Its VED is in Band G, meaning its first-year rate of road tax is just £155, with a company car tax liability in 2011/12 of 23%.
The 68 PS (50 kW) electric motor can power the Infiniti M35h more often, at higher speeds and for longer periods than rival hybrids.
Capable of cruising on emissions-free electric power alone at speeds up to around 50 mph, 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. Energy normally lost in deceleration or under braking is saved to help keep the batteries charged up.
Despite being able to run in silent electric mode at low speed, the Infiniti M35h cannot surprise pedestrians and the visually impaired as it approaches thanks to Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians (VSP). The first hybrid in the world to come with such a safety feature as standard, VSP emits a non-intrusive sound that varies in pitch and volume at vehicle speeds up to 30 km/h.
The M35h comes with Hybrid Electric Power Steering (NH-EPS) and regenerative brakes.
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.
It will be available throughout Europe from the spring (depending on country).