Hybrids have been on roads for over 15 years now but nothing seems as promising as the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid. Nissan has finally made to the competitive market and unlike the slow selling Altima Hybrid that it offered till last year, the M Hybrid actually looks promising. The M Hybrid or the M35h, the car is created to bridge the gap between the M37 and the M56. The new model looks exactly similar to its two parents, however comes armed with V8 like power and V6 fuel efficiency. Though this combination has previously been claimed by many companies, the M35h actually lives up to the expectations.
The car sets itself apart from the rest in toggling between both the electric and gas mode whereas other hybrids find transitioning between the two a mammoth task. The 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid can gear up from idle to 62 miles per hour on its 50 kilowatt engine and runs for up to 1.2 miles before the gasoline powered 3.5 liter V6 kicks in. The M35h shows an impressive 32 mpg on the highway while 27 mpg in the city making for a combined rating of 29. This impressive car has a net output of 360 bhp.
Interestingly the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid is silent. The start up and acceleration is with some minor thuds and fervors. If stuck in traffic, the gas engine automatically shuts off once the accelerator is not in use and only the low hum of the VSP system of the M35h says that the electric motors are in operation and that the EV drive has set in. The shapely hood of the M hybrid hides the Atkinson cycle engine that is architecturally nested parallel between the engine and the transmission. While the electric engine adds 199 lb-ft, the gas engine puts out 258 lb-ft of torque.
While the design will not be a taste on very platter, the M35h has its own aura of seductiveness and sensuality. The M hybrid’s tail and the three quarter rear views depict an attractive C-pillar that is a reminiscent of the postwar Jaguars. Though the pricing is yet to be announced, the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid is expected to range between $ 46,500 to $ 57,900.