Nissan Motors, Japan, in the year 2009 announced that it shall be offering a hybrid version of its premium luxury sedan, the M35 V6. And, in the fall of 2011, the 2012 Infiniti M35H was launched formally across dealerships in various parts of the world. The launch of the hybrid version was a deliberate departure from the company’s policy of not adopting the hybrid model as possible solution to the environmental that the world is currently facing. However, succumbing to consumer expectations especially from the luxury segment, Nissan started manufacturing cars that retained luxury features without relying too much on the gas guzzling that used to happen previously. Available in one neat level with optional packages, the base model of the 2012 Infiniti is priced at $53,700. Notwithstanding its performance credentials, it delivers astounding fuel economy figures of 27 mpg on city roads and 32 mpg on highways.
The all new “Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid,” is an innovative hybrid framework that allows the M35H to operate either fully on electric motor or on gasoline depending upon terrain conditions and driver demands. A 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 engine works best with a solitary electric motor and dual clutches, having similarities to the hybrid systems visible in cars like Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen. A lithium-ion battery delivering 1.4 kilo watt hour pack is positioned under the trunk’s mattress. Power output for the V6 engine is 302 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. The 346-volt motor is linked with 67 horsepower (50 kilo watt) at 2,000 rpm and 199 pound-feet of torque. The combined output of the V6 and electric motor is 360 horsepower. Regardless of whether the car is powered by an engine or an electric motor or both, the energy is directed efficiently to the rear wheels and controlled by a seven-speed automatic transmission. The car clocks zero to sixty miles-per-hour in 5.5 seconds that may not be as not fast as the mighty V8-packing M56, but with full acceleration and both the engine and motor humming in coordination, the car is quicker ordinary expectations.
The hybrid M35H has an appealing cabin with wood and leather upholstery draped all over it. The instrument panel consists of detailed hybrid specific instrument meters, and interactive screen displays that are equipped to provide battery and other essential system information. Electro-luminescent gauges, instrument cluster meters having gear like rings and an omnipresent analog clock complete the graceful dash design.
The M35H seats are molded in the best possible upscale sedan comfort and support. The car’s mid-size categorization underscores the generous head and legroom for all occupants since the cargo room has been deliberately lessened to increase legroom as mentioned above. The M35H is equipped electronically with the best gadgets like Bluetooth and USB connections, steering wheel audio controls, multiple zone climate control, a six-speaker audio system with XM Radio and push-button start. There is an in-built navigation system up for grabs for an additional $3,500 boasting an 8-inch color display touch-screen, Zagat restaurant guide, XM traffic and weather referrals and a 9.3GB Music Box hard drive.
The exteriors of the hybrid M35H is modeled on the curvaceous design of the Essence concept car of the same maker. The exterior framework is craftily designed keeping in mind the sporting credentials of the sedan and its trademark short front overhang and long hood extending up to the rear-end that resembles a coupe. The appearance of the car from any angle is absolutely striking and the profoundly chiseled fenders accentuate its powerful stance. Thanks to the distinctively “duck-tail” design of the back deck lid and its low drag coefficient, the car is sufficiently aerodynamic in performance.