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Infiniti M35h

Infiniti M35h

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size: Infiniti M35h
  • Fuel: Petrol Electric Hybrid
  • Range (WLTP): 40.9 mpg
Infiniti M35h

Summary

It isn’t easy breaking into the executive car market especially if, like Nissan, you’re better known for superminis and affordable SUVs. But it’s Nissan that has become the latest manufacturer to launch a new brand to convince us to part with our cash. Welcome to Infiniti.

 

Infiniti has actually been around since 1989 but is new to the UK. The good news is that we’ve missed out on all of the years of brand building and we now get the finished article. In the case of the M35h, that means a rear-wheel drive executive saloon with a ground-breaking petrol/electric hybrid system.

 

The hybrid system combines a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine with a powerful 67 bhp electric motor supported by a 1.3 kWh laminated lithium ion battery pack. Infiniti’s system uses two clutches. The first allows the petrol engine to be declutched when the electric motor is in use increasing electric efficiency, whilst the second replaces a torque convertor making the 7-speed gearbox into an automated manual.

 

The 67 bhp electric motor plays a significant role in the excellent fuel consumption figures as it is powerful enough to propel the M35h at up to 60 mph dramatically increasing electric use. In testing, the system provided electric operation up to 50% of the time. This combined with a lower kerb weight than the diesel model and a very slippery drag coefficient of 0.26 adds up to big fuel savings.

 

The Infiniti M35h is even better value than it first looks. When spec and performance are taken into account it is on a par with diesel rivals whilst the lower company car tax liability will bring big savings.

Specifications Infiniti M35h

  • Fuel economy, extra urban: 50.4 mpg
  • Fuel economy, urban: 31.4 mpg
  • CO2 emissions: 159 g/km
  • VED: VED band G
  • Weight: 1830 Kg
  • BIK Company Car Tax (2022/23): 22%
  • Price: £42,020
  • Insurance group: 45
  • Power: 302 bhp (petrol) 67 bhp (electric) system 359 bhp
  • Max speed: 155 mph
  • 0-62mph: 5.5 seconds
  • Torque: No